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Dahlia problem

Posted: Yesterday at 21:06

Lorna,  I think the humidity is too high...... hot sunny days, and loads of watering!!  This looks like powdery mildew to me.  As sanjy says, you need to improve air circulation.  Remove and destroy affected parts, and dont water from above.

I think the sooner  they go into the ground outside, the better.


meadow gardens

Posted: Yesterday at 20:52

In my humble opinion Maureen a meadow garden in your small space might end up getting on your nerves as so much of the time it will end up looking like a tangled mass of weeds, and still need attention.

I have increasing trouble with age and its related problems too, and have been over the last couple of years building raised beds with recycled stuff - anything I can get my hands on.   Some disused railway sleepers, left over bits of 4 x 2" timber,  and broken paving slabs for a dry wall.  At ground level I have membrane with shingle on it, and paving slab pathways.  Even the pond is to be raised.  Getting there gradually, and can still grow stuff without being on hands and knees, or bending too much.

Some of the first beds are now really looking good, with creeping thyme and sedums etc that look after themselves - under planted with bulbs.


Weird mutant bluebell?

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 14:54


Weird mutant bluebell?

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 08:58

Yes GM you must be devastated -  especially as seeds wouldn`t be the way to go either and it would be painfully difficult to get a cutting from a bluebell.....I fear it`s back to the drawing board, or scratch tickets for you  

Weird mutant bluebell?

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 23:31

I think these mutations occur in many plants.  I have a holly that has grown a "sport" where a whole branch has completely different leaves to the rest of the plant.  This is one way  plantsmen find new varieties ...a lucky sport can produce a completely new variety to propagate.   Unfortunately I dont think you`ll get much benefit from this particular mutation,  it`s just a bit weird - but interesting nevertheless.

Are my common Laurels dead?

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 22:38

How about digging that one out, and any others that look dead,  chop all the tops off, take off the sacking and find somewhere round in the back garden (I assume you have one) dig a little trench and pop all the roots in there with the stumps sticking out, heel them in and leave them - just to see if nature takes kindly to the idea.  I have seen miracles happen.

In the meantime, if they were my plants I would dig the rest of them up, take off the hessian, check to see what the soil is like and remove the bark.  Get rid of the stakes - they really dont need those.   If you find the soil is really wet and not draining properly you could add some grit or sharp sand to help.  Five or six plants across that space should be more than enough because these plants can get really big.  Give the ground another jolly good dig over and replant.  Take off the dead leaves, give them a little haircut, space them out and heel them in.  Then leave them. 

Tell them they`re getting no more molly coddling so they can please themselves !!

Whereabouts are you - north or south??

If all else fails, I can think of a few alternative hedging ideas that wont cost much at all - so keep smiling 

My New Garden Friend....sorry I had to come and show off

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 23:52

Wealth doesn`t have to be about money  

My New Garden Friend....sorry I had to come and show off

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 23:46

Tree surgeon took me up in a cherry picker to fix boxes for blue tits.   Tits decided they were too high I think, but woodpeckers moved in and rearranged the size of the doorways. 

Have seen lesser spotted woodpecker recently too  (once only)

Green woodpecker is very shy, and visits regularly, feeding on the ground.  I think they nest in the tall trees where the jays are.

Plant id please

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 23:26

I agree with nutcutlet, it looks like beesianum to me, and it`s obviously been there a long time.   If it were mine I would let it flower first.  Beesianum has a slight scent.  Hard pruning after it has flowered will improve it in my opinion, and the new growth should be easier to tame. 

My New Garden Friend....sorry I had to come and show off

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 23:14

First experiences with wildlife - like this one are like winning the lottery, only better.  Very early in the morning a few days ago I watched a tiny goldcrest frantically collecting food in my garden in the clematis montana/pyracantha/honeysuckle just outside the kitchen window - felt like a millionaire extrordinaire all day   

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Discussions started by Tetley

Wildlife ponds advice needed please

Disappearing frog spawn...... 
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Bee war

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Talkback: Plants for dry shade

Sorry to disagree, but I`ve never yet found a hydrangea that will tolerate a dry situation - they all need lots of water. 
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