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Poppy blight

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 14:51

A friend has now suggested that its more likely to be fungal rather than a virus but to resist planting another poppy in the same spot.   It would seem there are a few gardeners around who are having poppy problems and although its a nuisance its reassuring to know we are not alone with our gardening problems.   Thanks everyone.

Poppy blight

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 18:27

I have just dug up an oriental poppy with the same problem - but it looked a lot worse than the ones in the photo.   It was planted last year and showed the same symptoms but I put it down to a really wet spell of weather.   However when it returned this year I was concerned about a virus attack so removed it and put it in the garden refuse bin.  

If it is a virus, should the soil be removed before replanting and could I plant another poppy in the same spot?   I have a poppy in the next border approx 6 feet away and its fine.

Climber not growing

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 18:00

Thanks Oneofseven, will try the slug bait and see how that works.   Was really worried that a virus had got in when I pruned it.

Climber not growing

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 17:55

You may be right Fairygirl but that would mean that the slimy little monsters have been steadily munching since March!   Funnily enough I've just bought a pack of the new iron phosphate slug bait.   Didn't like using it until I heard about this one as I have so many birds in my garden.   I'm not home at present so can only say the clematis is a group 3 for pruning but can't to remember the variety.

Climber not growing

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 13:53

A clematis I've had for approx 5 years with no problems hasn't moved since I cut it back in early spring as usual.   No movement at all ex small green shoots which initially grew, then nothing.    No sign of any rot or insects.   Could something have attacked it when it was pruned?   Should I lift it and replant another?   Advice much appreciated.

Tool Storage Solution

Posted: 02/04/2012 at 13:30

Looks usable Tom, I used to have a similar item some years ago, for holding brushes and mops in the kitchen cupboard.   The only problem I had with it was getting the clamps holding the handle in place to release without practically tugging the fitting off the wall.   Yours looks better than my array of nails and hooks on the garage wall!

Best of luck.

New garden border help!!

Posted: 02/04/2012 at 13:19

I started off my mixed border years ago by placing in the shrubs which would give me structure and colour all year, then added herbacious plants and flowers.   Tried to get everything balanced to give all year round colour but 20 years later I am still changing things and getting it wrong at times.   Some of my plants must be dizzy with the number of different locations they have inhabited.   Don't worry about it too much but a wee bit of planning does help.   Have fun!

pruning trees & shrubs

Posted: 21/02/2012 at 19:53

Thats useful advice - particularly for the cherry tree - its getting old and creaky like me, but still looks magnificent [unlike me unfortunately!]

pruning trees & shrubs

Posted: 10/02/2012 at 11:00

I live in central scotland and have a lovely cherry tree in my front garden which has become a bit top heavy with lots of wispy brittle branches plus one or two larger ones which need cut back and thinned out.   Could I do it now or wait until after flowering?   My thinking is that I can see the structure easier at present while there are no leaves on the tree.

Secondly, I have a pieris in a small pot on my patio which has been there for a number of years and is very healthy.   However, a wayward branch is making the plant lop sided and I would like to cut it out.   Can I do it now or as with the cherry tree, wait until after the spring?

my 1st allotment!

Posted: 08/02/2012 at 18:02

I took over my allotment at the end of last summer and have almost cleared all of the weeds [until they pop their heads up again at the first bit of sun!] but there are still loads of jobs to do.   The one I have been puting off a bit is making a work plan of  what to do when.   When to sew seeds in the greenhouse [really a shed with lots of windows!], how to calculate how much of any veg to grow and in what order to do it.   Everything really!!  You can see I need a work plan to keep myself focused.  Is there a good web site which puts fruit and veg into categories, ie. legumes etc.   I'm so excited I want to grow it all.   I have an acid soil, well dug, sunny position.

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