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Gardeners world last Friday

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 14:34

I think that must just be your GC Lily P.

This product was only introduced at the beginning of the year & is widely available here. 

PM for you. 

It's my birthday

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 10:42

Happy, happy birthday Panda - enjoy lunch and hope you win the jackpot tonight 

Gardeners world last Friday

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 10:11
It's the first in that list - Fungus Fighter concentrate. The label says it is for the control of box blight rather than the eradication but, to be honest, I can live with a little bit..

I think it's important to feed them to give them the strength to withstand the disease. I have also been careful to only tend them in dry weather (not easy in Scotland this year I know!). Do you have to trim them this year? I have not done mine as I didn't want to make any wounds for reinfection.

Good luck Lily P - I think all is not yet lost!

Gardeners world last Friday

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 09:45

Just questioning my posting above - now not sure which of the first 2 products I used. It was the concentrate made up exactly as per the instructions. Will go & check for you in a minute. 

Gardeners world last Friday

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 09:41

Lilly P - the box in my garden has suffered dreadfully with box blight & last year I was on the point of ripping out the plants (a lot of moneys worth). Every single plant was affected and they looked every bit as bad (if not worse) than Monty's.

This year I decided to give it a final chance. I gave it a good feed just as new growth was starting and and mulched the soil around the plants really well to suppress any spores on the soil surface.

I then sprayed all the box thoroughly using the first product in Chicky's link. I sprayed again about 2 or 3 weeks later. Sprayed again (twice more) 4 - 6 weeks apart. 

The plants look much much better than they have for the last 2 years & have regrown well - although they are a bit misshapen at the moment because dead bits have been cut out.

My plan is to give them a final seaweed feed this week and then leave them alone. If they are OK over winter I will feed them next year and try to avoid the fungal spray - but be prepared to intervene at the first signs if necessary.

There are a few signs of slight discolouration on some of the leaves but at the moment it doesn't look like the normal blight discolouration (fingers crossed).

I would suggest that you don't just start cutting out bits that look dead until you are certain they are. Some of mine regrew from wood that looked kaput. It is, however, maybe worth clearing them a little in the centre if they are very congested

Sorry to all those who don't like using fungal sprays but it is very disheartening to see something which provides fundamental structure to the garden being severely disfigured.


Posted: 19/08/2015 at 19:03

Pictures in my head - again - need to sit down - again 


Posted: 19/08/2015 at 18:27

Cheese for me please 

ID if possible please!

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 17:54

I've uploaded photos from my iPad mini and other people have done it from iPads 

The main problem I've encountered is that the mini toolbar at the top of the new postings box is missing when using Safari with my iPad. 

If you download the Chrome browser app (or perhaps another browser) to your device and visit the site via that browser you do get the toolbar. You can then click on the tree icon as usual to upload photos.

I do, however, find Chrome really clunky to use on the iPad so only use it when I need to access the toolbar.

Safari & the site work fine together from an iMac or mac book.

I think there are still quite a few issues accessing and posting on the site from an iPhone


Posted: 19/08/2015 at 17:30

This discussion has made my head spin - but...

Scotch Pancakes for me - straight from the griddle - so warm - with golden syrup or raspberry jam on top. Happy memories 

The thought of Hosta in just his sporran has made me go all lightheaded - need to go and sit down with a cuppa now 

Oh dear! Is this the beginning of the end?

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 14:10

That doesn't sound like such good news Dove .

At least if you get 'a man' in you'll get a definitive 'yes' or 'no' and can discuss the options. Like you, I'd be a bit worried about damage to neighbours' property if I thought bits might start falling off.

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