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Posted: 19/06/2012 at 11:33

Thanks Alina W.  I shall try everything you suggest as I want to keep these flowers in my garden as the bees love them and they are really pretty when in bloom.  Really striking blossoms which last for ages.  Slugs like them as well unfortunately!!


Posted: 19/06/2012 at 10:47

Thanks sotongeoff, it seems a pity to dispose of a plant that has been increasing in size and producing great blooms, but as you say if the spores remain in the soil the problem will persist.  I don't suppose there is any way of destroying the spores that remain in the soil.

Problems with newly planted topiary box hedge.

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 09:53
David K wrote (see)

Paul - no need to ever buy box plants again, once you have a few. When you trim them, you can use the trimmings for cuttings....they take root really well.

Congratulations on growing such a magnificent box ball from a cutting.  Can you please indicate whether this is from one box cutting or did you plant a few small ones together in the pot and then shaped the ball as they grew and how long did it take for it to grow to the size of the one in your picture.  I too have grown some box plants from cuttings but they take quite a long time, a few years in fact to become large enough to shape into topiary.  Thanks.


Posted: 19/06/2012 at 09:40

Help... I have some lovely Hollyhocks in the border which are growing really well, but the large leaves are being infested with rust on the underside.  As a result the leaves curl up and die.  This happens every year, the flower spike develops and flowers well but the plants look odd without their leaves.  What can I do to prevent this happening.  Thanks

Flippin' pigeons

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 08:01

Hello, I am also troubled by wood pigeons and I live in an urban area!  There is a pair who persistently roost in our apple tree and even sit on top of my rotary washing line, when I shoo them away they stare down at me as if to say.. "You go away".  Then they coo very loudly for hours and get on everyone's nerves, they do this at 5.00am every morning as well.  I have been told they hate the smell of WD40 and will steer away from that.  The only thing is, how to administer this - Any ideas?

Talkback: How to plant a grapevine

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 07:48

Hello, I have heard the video but cannot see it for some reason.  I also have a grapevine, it was given to me as a bare root because the previous owner could not grow it.  I just planted it in the border where I had space - planning to move it when I had more time.  I then forgot all about it and the spot where I planted it is under a large Bramley apple tree (an old one).  After some time I spotted different leaves on the apple tree and realized that the grape vine had grown up through the apple tree.  It produces bunches of small green seedless grapes. I have tasted them and they are sweet but do not develop fully.  I have done nothing to this grapevine and wonder whether it would produce better grapes if I did prune it or... is it too late to do anything about it now.  Some advice would be gratefully received.  Many thanks. 

Welcome to the problem solving forum

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 10:43
DBatma wrote (see)

We have just had a new patio constructed ( 4 months since completion) and already a significant area is turning plae green. Would appreciate advice on best way to tackle this before it covers the whole patio please

Hi, I have this problem every year and the best way I have found is to mix some path cleaner with bleach about half a small cup of each put this into a watering can and top up with approx 5 ltrs of cold water, swish this around to mix well and then water the area with this mixture.  Of course mix more as needed.  Just leave it dry off and hopefully over the next few days you should see an improvement, rain will wash off any excess and it keeps on working for a good while.  It works for me - good luck.

Growing from seed

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 10:28

Hi, can someone please help me with a problem I am having in trying to grow more plants from the seeds of New Zealand Flax.  I have sown some seeds in ordinary garden loam and in seed compost, some did germinate but only grew about an inch and then died off.  What am I doing wrong?

What do you think of this combination?

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 18:50

I agree with lilysilly about hardy geraniums the lovely blue ones that you can transplant so easily and they will grow anywhere, the bees love them and another favourite is the pink rock roses which increase in size every year.   I have a few hollyhocks which are now growing like mad and need staking, the bees really love these and spend hours going in and out of the large flowers collecting pollen.  For winter how about christmas roses, they also keep coming every year and give out loads of new plantlets which you can plant around everywhere for more interest.

Talkback: Scented plants and memory

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 22:32

Hi, just like Annee I remember the smell of a flowering Privet hedge from the same era, but another smell which is stronger and has more scent are the huge flowers on my Cordoline which has grown over 12 ft high, the sweet smell drifts over the garden on the breeze and reminds me of playing outdoors during the summer as a child just after the war.

Discussions started by sterelitza

Different colour flowers on one plant

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Different colour flowers on one plant

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Advice on slug free plants

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How do I get rid of Ivy from the rockery?

Ivy rooting everywhere 
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Seed pods on New Zealand Flax

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Rust on my Hollyhocks 
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Growing from seed

New Zealand Flax  
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