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what bush is this and whats wrong with it?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 18:52

Not for me or for others as already explained.  Worth a shot.  

Cutting hard back is often a solution to plant issues....hypericum when cut back hard doesn't get rust, roses cut back in mid summer seem to resist further black spot and rust. Mildew problems on geraniums, scabious, etc. too can be overcome by cutting back hard in summer.  

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 18:36

Thanks Bob.  How dark can we expect it to be?  Here it's expected to be clear sky .....smog permitting!   And how long?

Camellia Debbie

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 18:34

It's ok to feed now north chief.  It won't take affect for few weeks anyway If using a granular feed.  I wouldn't use a liquid feed right now though. Feed and mulch.  Did mine couple days back.  

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 18:23

Between 8 and 11 I think Hostafan.  9 30 being the peak .Will be eerie and awe inspiring 


Posted: 19/03/2015 at 17:57

Sounds good Yviestevie.  Have fun with the planting.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 17:54

More haste less speed.  

Last minute decided where to plant a dicentra spectabile.  Brilliant I thought. perfect there.  And there was a gap ...meant to be.  (Mind you I don't have gaps as such really so alarm bells should have sounded )

got the spade and fiercely started digging a hole......and dug up a dicentra spectabile. Right through the Middle.  Have potted up some segments but wot a wally I am!  

I had planted that dicentra last autumn.  And that "dicentra" I tried to plant?  Not labelled but it was a divided hellebore with shoots just emerging.  

I wish I was less impetuous at times.  

The fine weather has continued although chillier now.  

Cornwall least west set well to see the eclipse tomorrow.  Should be cloud free in the morning.


what bush is this and whats wrong with it?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 17:41

You are right Marilyn.  Many escallonias have been affected by disease over recent years down here....they grow everywhere here.  Some hedges looked awful and dying.  just the one variety for me, Iveyii, and that too was affected.

however, I cut mine hard back.  Cut a hedge back for neighbour too.  For the most part they seem to have recovered well.

it may be the answer, viz., to cut it hard back and allow it to try and recover.

J Parkers

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 17:33

This is a common question Elliemac.  Long discussed amd argued here.  The fact that so many ask this question  of Parkers, Thompson and Morgan and others shows there is a problem despite some apparently being satisfied.

Parkers, for me, is awful for plants. They supply tiny bare root or tiny potted plants and usually fail to impress.  Bulbs ok.

have you a customer service issue with Parkers?  

Transplantation Shock in Vegetables

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 16:16

Just water.    No feed

Smog going to get us?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 16:12

Ok.  Unbelievers. 

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There's orangey........

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Flabbergasted....thought I would have a heart attack

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Oh no.....not again...

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Oh eck!

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I love the Royals......

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Oh dear oh dear,,oh dear......

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Best herbaceous foliage

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Am I grumpy cos.....

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Come in Artjak...your time is up

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Hey! Looking good

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Contrast or clash; complement and safe

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a good turn needs to be considered......

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Serious reminder folks....

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Smog going to get us?

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