Susan Giles

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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 12:58

We've just had another heavy downpour in Essex!! Maud, my daughter has some advice for you to combat the rain...join the Scouts, apparently they are waterproof!!! 

Clematis problems

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 12:55

Hi Hacks, I have had a similar problem with a clematis in my garden. In June it had some lovely wine red flowers and then suddenly the top growth has turned black and the plant looks like its about to collapse. I have read that it could be clematis wilt, and the best thing to do as obelixx says is to cut it down to ground level and wait until the spring to see if it recovers. It is due to a fungal disease which can stike without any warning.

If you are growing it against a wall or fence my gardening book advises to wash the area with a mild disinfectant.

It also suggests that a way to prevent clematis wilt is to plant clematis deeper than usual. Good luck! When the rain stops, I'm off to chop it down.  Fingers crossed for the spring!

Pruning Variegated Holly Tree

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 12:46

Hi Jan and fidgetbones. We bought a house last year which has a mature variegated holly in the front garden, and which probably stands about 20-25 ft tall. In the past it has been pruned to a pyramid shape but is now getting a bit large and unruly so I would like to have it topped and reshaped. My husband read that it wasn't a good time to cut holly in the summer, but my neighbour has just had her tree shaped, so now I'm confused too.

Hello :)

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 09:21

Hi Gina, your garden sounds dreamy and what a lovely area of the country to live in. I am at home today and tantalisingly close to the garden, but won't be gardening today as I'm in the process of painting the outside of our house! Well, at least I can spend time looking at all their lovely colours instead.

I was given a gorgeous Mattocks rose called Smiles this time last year in memory of my mother-in-law, and its roses are so beautiful, the petals are red tipped then to orange and to yellow at the base. I will be enjoying their show again this summer! 


Posted: 08/07/2013 at 09:16

Thanks for the tip about the foxgloves seedlings Jim. That's very interesting.

Talkback: Vine weevil

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 09:14

Verdun!!  Nope, I certainly didn't!!  As for cats in freezers, you'd be surprised just what gets stored in large fridge storage facilities...when the morgues are full...need I say more?!

Just to be clear, the packaging says to keep in the fridge until opened for use. I won't be spreading nematodes on my toast!! 

Hello :)

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 14:25

Hi Hester. Hope the weather's good in Ireland too! I'm a newbie too and everyone's been very welcoming.

Dove, if I was hiding behind my foxgloves I would come out covered in blackfly!! Lol!

Where have all the ladybirds gone?

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 14:22

Wow! There seems to be a real difference around the country. Some places have loads and other have none. I'm hoping that it's because everything is so late (like liggylaura) and once they appear they make short work of the black fly and green fly - it wil be a bug-fest when they do!

Hope you all enjoy the heatwave - watering cans at the ready, high factor sun cream and sunglasses too! Oh, and maybe a glass of wine!  

Hello :)

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 17:43

oh to be 27 again! You lucky youngster, little-ann.

Gosh, you are all lovely people. Thank you for the warm welcome and a big hello to you all. in whatever clime or garden you are in, with or without cake!! Lol!

Hello :)

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 14:22

I love gardening AND cake Pottie Pam. Thanks also to you Verdun. 

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