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Gooseberry bush

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 07:48

prune to keep your bush open.....mildew is another problem.....but this is not an immediate task.  Keep yoyr bush on a "leg" ....I.e. On a single stem from the ground.  You can spray for sawflies but not good for edible crops.  Sawflies are amazingly fast in their destructive habit....overnight it seems the damage is done.  

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 07:43


check tomatoes in those small pots and pot on into slightly bigger ones.....not straight into your large pots.  Keep them growing this way

nighttime temps are pretty low currently so a little more patient cosseting yet 

Conifer for narrow space and upright form

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 23:45

Taxus  has the advantage of being durable in most every situation so worth considering.


Posted: 17/04/2015 at 23:42

I wouldn't spray anything every day autumn glory.  I think you're fussing too much with it.  I assume you have acid soil?  Mites love hot dry environment so spray during such times.  I'm not keen on chemical treatments or "organic".  For me, the water spray works.


Posted: 17/04/2015 at 23:34

Always prune them hard in early spring.  Elegamtissima is lovely with cotinus royal purple, actea or dahlia like Bishop of Llandaff.   Choose not to prune and you lose those vivid red stems.

Rhodendron bed

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 20:58

I would ditch the membrane ...hate the stuff and so will you when you decide to ring the changes Tanty. A living mulch is far better for your plants, your soil and your environment

acid bark chips work well with rhodos etc.  I would use some ground cover plants too like corydallis and lithodora.  And hackenochloa.  


Posted: 17/04/2015 at 20:50

....during the dry hot weather.  During mite weather !

Conifer for narrow space and upright form

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 20:49

Tim, that's a tall order.....sorry

taxus standishii is a superb conifer, probabky my favourite tall type.  I have 3 ...all are about 10'.  Two were cuttings from an original plant.  I have kept one to that height  but I reckon it would be 3' or more taller otherwise. I grow Aurea and dark green fastigiata (oops forgot the name) that are probably more vigorous but I trim one as a cone and the other as a block pillar.

there are junipers and Italian cypress 


Posted: 17/04/2015 at 20:40

Well. It cost nothing to use the hose.  If it is aphids hose them off but I think mites are making their presence felt.  I used insecticides and aphicides and almost lost my spruce.  Every year,,starting in a dry  warm spell in spring through to summer's end I would spray with water.  I knows what I know 

New here. 😊

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 20:17

Repeating yourself that is wonky.

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