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How much can a dahlia take?

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 13:02
Maybe I should start the ale traps again. My slugs prefer that to lager.

Bye bye Clematis Cassis

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 18:59
Thanks, I'll check that. Is this something montanas don't get since the neighbour is fine and grows like the clapper.

How much can a dahlia take?

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 18:13

I think I wont go down the nematode route as it is a bit expensive. At least there are green stems and some very small leaves so some kind of photosynthesis is going on. I'll move the plastic bottles I use as closhes for my tomates next week as I think they are now so big they should be able to survive...

Bye bye Clematis Cassis

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 18:11

After a rare day that I could go out in the garden without a snorkle, thermals and a weatsuit I have spotted that my Clematis Cassis that I bought last year seems to have just gone brown and died. It is two years old and grows close to a Montana. Can it have rotted in all this rain or has it just reverted back underground because of the rotten summer? I think it shold die down at the end of the summer but not mid July. I would be quite miffed if it has died as it has not flowered since I bought it from the bargain bucket last year.

How much can a dahlia take?

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 21:52

My poor dahlias are just green stumps with no leaves. They have been eaten down to the ground at least twice this years dispite me scattering ferric pellets around them. I am getting worried that they will just run out of steam if they dont develop foliage soon. One has been in the ground for two years and the second for one and I would be quite miffed if they would die not because of the weather but because of slugs! Thinking of bying some pet bottles just to be able to make some chaeap closhes for them. Previous years they have just outgrown the slugs but not this time.

So will they surive if they don't develop proper foliage this yaer?

No fruit on my redcurrant

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 21:18

Tried to find out when I did prune it. but cant find the old post on the beeb's website. Suspect it was in the sping of 2011 so I though all the damage should have been rectified. These plants seems quite tricky to prune. Too much no fruit to young wood same problem

No fruit on my redcurrant

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 20:17

My redcurrant is now about 2.5 years old and I think it should show some signs of fruiting. Last year I pruned it and therefore didn't get any fruits at all. This year I have locked the secatearus away but still no sign of currants. The bush locks really healthy with loads of leaves. It gets sun in the afternoon. So what is going on? The British summer???

Invasion of the slippery slugs

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 23:20

I have tried the ferric pellets and this year they have failed. Everything has been eaten. Tomatoes gone, sallad gone, italian kale gone, sunflowers gone, beans gone, POPPIES! gone. Even my sweet peas has been killed. Nothing seems to be safe this year. The plants are either gone or chopped off at ground level like my final marrow. I suspect the weather has been so bad the plants havent been able to take off. My only surviving tom is about 4 cm high and it is almost three months old!!! As you can see there has been carnage in my garden (ok some might be the wood pigeions that used to play bats in my neighbours tree before it fell into my garden)

I have tried planting garlic all over the borders to discurage them as I read the bulb scares them off (Might think they are in France!) but oh no. Might try beer traps again but using ale than lager. Mine slugs are definetly CAMERA members. Haven't tried grapefruit shells but might give that a go too.

Tried grounded egg shells but that didn't help.

.Wouuldn't using coffee granuals shift the pH over time as it makes the soil accidic?

OK engough ramging from me.

Plant identified by Alina W about to flower (epiphyllum)

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 19:39

Thank you both. I have no idea why it has decided to flower now. I think it is about ten years since I took the cutting. Fotofit what tricks did you use to get it to flower? Alina W recomended a coldish spel in winter.

Plant identified by Alina W about to flower (epiphyllum)

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 23:28

Before the BBC closed down their gardening website Alina W identified a  plant that has been in my family for more than 50 years (epiphyllum). Today I spotted that it has two flower buds!!! The original plant that died in the early noughties flowered once in the early 80. I am well shuffed!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mbgardening/NF2759007?thread=8343173

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