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Echinacea Pink Double Delight

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 21:40

Echinaceas, esp the newer vsrieties, are so variable ....in hardyness and vigour.  They do not like heavy clay soil Bev over winter.  Try covering them with a sheet of glass but allow good ventilation. Some varieties suffer pathogens that warm spells in winter encourage so, as I said before, they are fickle and tricky.  Harvest Moon,,for example, a lovely harvest gold colour, was difficult for me to keep for more than .3 years.  

Monkshood problem .......

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 21:27

I grow two varieties including stainless steel,,,,,my favourite but it's slightly later in flower.

The other, unnamed variety, is rich purple and now flowering.  

They need good  moisture and a little shade.  Cutting back will make no difference to flowering the next.

So, it will flower soon or the buds have been affected ( pests) or it  has been deprived of water

Its advisable to stake them too......I do this when growth is half way. No sign of stakes now 

Black currant bushes

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 14:00

Lynda, just done mine.

Remove fruited stems back to side shoots on those stems.  Remove the odd old wood to the ground,  nothing really complicated.  Fish blood and bone scratched in and a good watering and you are set for another good crop next year. 

Echinacea Pink Double Delight

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 13:56

Bev, did you let them flower last year?  I think this may be the reason for their demise.

We all had a very wet winter too.....echinaceas don't like wet feet over winter.  My hot Papya is a similar plant......not allowed to flower so far this year but will let it do so now.  Another double, milkshake, has survived and has masses of buds to open any day now.  Marmalade is in full flower ...another orange double......same treatment.

getting rid of ants

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 13:49

Annmarie, , try usimg the hose over them.  I have satisfactorily done this....they don't like it wet.  So this for a day or two ....it should make a difference

Or use nematodes for ants......if the hose method doesnt work   

......the good guys

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 13:46

Yviestevie, some astrantias do get affected leaves at this time of the year.  I simply cut them off. However, now I give additional watering at this time of year and it seems effective treatment.  I think it may be because they dried out a little at some stage.  However, you should have received a healthy looking plant so I would ask for a replacement.  You paid for a nice green thriving plant after all 

My Broom Plant

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 13:38

I love Lena.  One of the most beautiful brooms 

I prune back as hard as I can but not not old wood.  So, cut stems back to last leaves on green looking wood.  I use plain old scissors to give a sharper cleaner cut.

Slightly late in pruning though.  Has it just finished flowering shirtbutton?  

Cannot advise about seed.  Cuttimgs are quite difficult (for me anyway) but I have done it.  I took cuttings when pruned back in spring.  They look ok at moment.

Your situation sounds ideal but if in a raised bed keep it watered reasonably well.  

My pruning also produces a nice, evergreen mounded bush when it's not I flower.

What is going on?

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 11:20

Agree with you Mike.  Instinct ......maybe it's impulse or arrogance (heaven forbid) ....determines what amd when I do things. With some logic too,'of course 

peach tree

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 11:16

Envious Bob.  Looks like I got about 4 peaches on mine.  Forgot them in early spring and they were hit by leaf curl that affected the crop I'm sure.  

Will go for variety  Bob recommended in an earlier post.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 11:11

Thanks yviestevie.  Think my mum....92 too...and yours are in same boat.  Who would have thought such an infection would affect a person's mental state like that?

Almost regretted my boasting about the sunshine this morning.  Thought it was going to rain but, no, it's fine and warm.  But no more boasting from me......for today 

 

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