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Camera Talk

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 20:09

Amazing Fairy.....bloomin' amazing 

Disappointing plants

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 20:05

Wakeshine, it really is worthwhile spending time on the planting hole every time you plant.  It is amazing how much better, more vigorous and healthier plants then are.  Every plant has as good a start as possible with soil well dug and plenty of compost incorporated

your Genii though is packed with flowers.  Foliage should be more yellow as in mine.  My Genii was a cutting taken early last year and you can see how well and fast it has grown.  Flowers will start to come soon.  I have bigger plant in front garden that has loads of flowers.  

Tomatoes - Need help!!

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 17:54

Sorry ali_bird

that is blight 

for me,,the solution was to keep tomato foliage dry, the ventilation good and the regular removal of leaves.  

Loads of tomatoes but very slow in ripening

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 17:49

Feeling guilty now..() ...another armful of toms today.  Delicious GD and Shirley    

Getting fed up with so many tomatoes........

Brown edges to rhododendron leaves

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 17:44

Does water run off onto your rhodo now and then Glitzy?  looks like water splashes ....did you apply liquid fertiliser during hot sun?  The rest of your plant looks healthy enough

Gooseberry Plants

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 16:59

I really don't think your insecticide affected fruit production JS.  Not one bit 

However, I would never use it on anything edible in the growing season

pruning is important....the aim is to produce spurs on older wood.  

A winter oil spray or neem oil is effective against over wintering sawfly....the only real pest on goosegogs 

Last edited: 07 August 2016 16:59:48

Caring for Salix Integra Flamingo in Winter

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 16:50

yes HC, Red Dragon....looks more effective on the other side though but an easy association all summer long.  2 or 3 trims of the persicaria during the summer removes the flowers...that I dislike....and keeps it compact and colourful .  I  think people often overlook foliage for colour in the garden 

in the sun just make sure you get plenty of "goodness" into the soil at planting time and do not let it dry out too much.  A thick mulch will help too.  Yes, in the sun it does shine Linda 

PG Hydrangeas

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 14:21

Not too keen on the PG's fading to pink. they all seem to do that with the exception of Kyushu.  Limelight here seems to stay white until September so prob the best.

howevever, many like the flowers turning to pink ....the flowers will then provide colour well into late autumn 

Caring for Salix Integra Flamingo in Winter

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 14:12

Linda, you are worrying too much

prune in March or thereabouts when new shoots are forming to remove dead stems.   prune off any stems not producing new shoots. 

is your plant in a pot?  if so you will need to water it well and regularly.  

A good thick mulch in autumn will help your plant cope during hot dry weather

this is one of mine, about 10 years old, pruned every spring

Similar to Lobelia cardinalis

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 12:45

Got the impression you wanted dark foliage jekyl? 

There is a more compact lobelia called Black Truffle? 

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