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Puzzled by what I have read on leaf spot,please read my message if you can help

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 23:43

Yes Paul,

Leaf spot can be superficial blemishes or be more serious.  Leaf spot, for example, on hellebores can be hugely debilitating if it continues for couple of years.  Removing old leaves inthe autumn and a clean mulch minimises helleborus leaf spot plus removal during the growing season of leaves showing signs of it.  

Its important to recognise and identify leaf spots as they occur on different plants in order to protect them. Last year a friend lost her dwarf rhododendron because of leaf "spotting" that really was a form of phytophthora.  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 23:31

Tracey, there is a thread about small on-line nurseries.  They are a great source of a wide range of plants.  Hopefully the comments on the forum will help you sort the "good guys" (another thread) from the bad guys.  

Fertilising the Veg Garden

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 23:28

I like the way you say "decant" Bob. 

Dry stone plants Ideas

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 23:25

Some of my neighbours grow poppies and they look sensational ......when in flower.  However in mid summer they stop flowering and because they are so vigorous amd occupy quite an area the space is then just a waste.  Difficult ....if they flowered longer I wold grow them.  There are apparently newer varieties now....anyone growing them?

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Posted: 22/01/2014 at 23:18

Hiya Red

Agastache.....pot on a couple of times before plantImg out in the sunniest spot possible.  In late summer or early autumn you can divide ...carefully....and pot up and keep indoors.

Dcentra...just let if grow.  Best to leave a small marker in the ground as it disappears in late summer sometimes but will do in autumn.  no "pruning".  Same with others there

Sarcoccoca, you can prune it after flowering to keep it bushy and compact.  You can shape it too.  I go over it with shears to make a nice evergreen dome.

Dont think any will go leggy.  Usually this is because of overplantimg in low light.

Veronica is very easy to propagate.....I lift and divide in autumn and pot up. Cut flowered stems off during the growing season to prolong flowering

Careful when you handle your euphorbia....they exude a sap that is caustic so wear gloves and don't touch your face or eyes without washing your hands.  Prune this after flowerimg by removing the flowered stems to ground level. 

Fertilising the Veg Garden

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 23:06

Madeleine, use it as amd when.  It's a gentle fertiliser.

Bob......but the STINK.......

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 23:04

Hiya Tracey, 

I think punkdoc is correct.  There have been a few threads about firms like parkers, T & M etc for plants.

My view is that they are fine for bulbs but not for plants.  In my experience the plants supplied are tiny and weak.  They will not flower for at least 2 years if they ma age to,survive that is.

Cheap plants are available.....garden centres will soon be stocking hardy perennials in 9 cm pots at something like £1 50 to £2.  These will grow fast to provide large flowerimg plamts this summer.  

Blueberries

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 22:56

Gardemaiden,

Trouble is the alkalinity of the natural soil eventually permeates through the ericaceous soil.  Blueberries really do need a very acidic soil.  

I once tried to grow lime hating heathers in a raised bed of ericaceous soil.  Fine for a couple of years or so but then they began to suffer.  Not convinced 2 different soils side by side is sustainable 

What 2 plants would you put together in the herbaceous/perennial border?

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 21:52

Helenium double trouble behind aster frikartii monch behind hackonechloa .....oops, that's 3  

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