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Posted: 28/09/2016 at 12:12

Most usual cause though esp on scabious, asters and the like.  There are many possible "causes" for problems of course there are. 

I have no doubt that this thread centres  around powdery mildew 

eliminate the obvious cause as I do. Understand everything you plant, what it needs and will thrive in.

dryish soil here in many areas ...rare for me now to have powdery mildew simply because I have addressed the main cause, viz. susceptible plants in dry soil, by adding plenty of water holding compost at planting time. 

Here we go again.

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 11:57

Will be a riot of colour jacqueline 


Posted: 28/09/2016 at 11:52

just had a batch of pm's without content 

anyone else getting them?


Posted: 28/09/2016 at 07:44

Different completely Ceres .

the thread is about powdery mildery on scabious.  It is about lack of water 

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Thick Thatch

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 07:42

It's a sad fact, we need to tear our lawns apart like this to achieve a nice healthy lawn in spring and summer.  done annually though the "damage" is far less and lawn recovers more quickly 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 07:35

It is a beautiful warm feeling morning here 

no wind, dry, blue sky and peaceful 

Keeping Dahlia tubers

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 07:32

Yes, yes you can aym 

Ordering perennial plug plants now

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 00:04

These offers are rather like the basement clearance offers in DIY stores...we all look at them, know really we don't need them yet continue to be tempted because they are so cheap.  But rubbish by and large thrown into a drawer and never used.

it is not the cheapness of these plants......they ARE cheap....but the associated work and time involved in bringing them to maturity only to realise that a large percentage of them will prob be jettisoned in favour of better plants eventually.  How many perennials do we want?  Perennials grow fast to occupy large spaces in our gardens....better to buy one you really want and like and divide it into 3.  Next summer these 3 plants will perform well, flower well and occupy space.  The bargain plugs will still be puny 

Last edited: 28 September 2016 00:05:17

Moving plants

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 23:43

I will always argue that waiting for frost to blacken dahlias is plain silly. I recently attended the local national dahlia collection sale where plants were in large greenhouses dying down???? They will not be blackened by frost fact they will be grown on and sold next year.   There you are, that's out of the way! 

so Helen, yes you can cut your dahlias down now and they will be just fine.  The critical thing is to keep them frost free over winter.  

Next year give us feedback Helen and let us know how your dahlias are doing.  I am very confident they will be thriving 

good luck with your move 

Companion plants for Oriental Lilies

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 20:57

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