Valerie Stephens

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Stinking shrub

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 19:20

A huge thank you to everyone for taking the trouble to offer sound advice. I shall definitely act upon all your suggestions. Valerie.

Stinking shrub

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 19:10

Thank you so much for the advice meeomye. That is exactly what is happening. I have poor eyesight and couldn't see the little blighters but my son in law spotted them straight away so they'll be dealt with swiftly.

Stinking shrub

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 15:47

Stinking shrub

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 14:47

No, it's not a Laurel, I think it begins with 'V'. I will take a 'macro' shot later. I took one earlier but when I tried to open it, I kept getting a message saying that the programme didn't support that type of file.

Stinking shrub

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 12:53

We have a bush to the side of our door and we have forgotten the name of it. Every time it rains, we notice a dreadful stench emanating from it. Also, though it is growing new foliage, it appears to be under attack from something. Could this be the cause of the smell and what if anything, can we do about it?

Dead Ivy

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 09:37

HEllon BLT, 

Don't you think it adds character to your house? Ours was built in the 70s and looked  soulless  that's why I planted it. 

Dead Ivy

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 23:53

Thank you nutcutlet, I suppose deep down I knew what the answer would be. I'll just have to get on with it. 

Dead Ivy

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 23:02


Yesterday, I asked why my Ivy is dying off in parts even though the rest of it seems to be thriving. Mike Allen kindly offered a possible solution to cure the problem but I thought that in the meantime I could show you a picture to see if anyone else has some quick fix solutions. You will notice too, that it is very thick as it has been growing for over 20 years and we don't know how to cut it back. My husband has tried but the wood is so strong he is having difficulty getting shears through it. He is all for cutting the whole lot down but I won't let him as its the nearest I have to a "Cottage in the Country" Can anyone help please?

Dying Ivy

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 00:04

Thank you Mike, I'll let you know how I get on.

Dying Ivy

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 23:35

I have a patch of dead Ivy in an otherwise healthy growth which covers the front south facing wall of my house. I know Ivy is abhorrent to a lot of gardeners but I love it and would be very disappointed to lose it.  Can anyone explain why the patch has died yet new growth is springing forth everywhere else? 

Thanking you in advance,  V S

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Discussions started by Valerie Stephens

Stinking shrub

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Dead Ivy

Patchy Ivy 
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Dying Ivy

Brown patches  
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Pink leaves on my cabbage plants

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Withered foliage on potatoes

Yellow, dried foliage 
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Can parsnips be started off in greenhouse and replanted 
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Discoloured Cabbage plants

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