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Posted: 28/08/2016 at 11:01

Angela, I think your neighbour has done this.  She has gone out to spot weed her lawn but leaving the arduous mowing to you.  She  hasn't had the decency to own up, doesn't know what to do now and expects you to sort it.  I have experienced this sort of thing myself......I have never helped these people since.  Go into her shed and you will see the offending weedkiller I'm sure of it.  She has used too much that's all! 

I really don't think it's leatherjackets ....a tad too soon to see evidence of that. 

Angela, say "I'm sorry you think I am responsible but I know I'm not.  I cannot mow your lawn again"

do not take responsibility, feel any sort of guilt or let it bother you again...please! 

Last edited: 28 August 2016 11:02:44

Garden Rescue is back......

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 09:21

That's good.  Thanks Daisy and Ladybird 

What to do with these

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 08:50

cuttings now for sure Whippet.  They are easy.  look for side shoots of at least 3" (old money again) and remove all but top couple of leaves, cut the bottoms of the cuttings with a sharp knife to just below leaf nodes and insert them around the rim of a small pot.  Water and cover with a polythene bag and keep warm...indoors on a windowsill, in a shady part of the gh or sheltered part of the garden.  Label.  In spring you will have many more new plants. 

I prune fuchsias in the autumn but spring is best 

Greenhouse tomatoes and eucalyptus tree

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 08:36

Andy, I don't think the eucqlyptus is affecting your tomatoes

i think the eucalyptus should  will get big.  Cut it down to the ground then paint SBK on the cuts. ,you can do this now.  If you do see any regrowth anywhere paint this too.  I really do not think your eucalyotus will give you any problems.

Seems many are having problems with tomatoes this year whilst others are doing well with them. 

Bare stems on escallonia

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 22:16

A few years back escallonias were suffering from a disease or something. escallonias were lost.  Many of us down here decided to cut back ruthlessly ......I ciut Iveyii for example as a live or die exercise. Itrecovered well to thrive.

Dewdrops, you will not kill it by pruning.  Go for it.  I think it will be fine 


Posted: 27/08/2016 at 18:28

This is very common le-raine

your plant is simply a grafted ladybird two different plants basically.  ideally, rub out any buds you see below the graft union.  Sometimes you may see a stem rising from soil level too but simply pull this off with a downward jerk if you can.  If this is difficult prune it off but pulling is better. 

If you allow the green shoots below the graft union...the swollen,,almost ugly bit on fhe main stem, you will have an enormous tree eventually taking over there 

Perennials for west facing light shade

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 18:19

Is it a acid soil there B3?  

Astrantias will suit that spot well....there are some very good long flowering varieties from white to dark red,,almost purple. Great foliage too. Astilbes too for sure.

sanguisorbas like Red Thunder, Pink Tanna and others.  Lovely light floaty flowers atop nice neat foliage. 

Heucherellas....Zebra is a showstopper.

anemone Wild Swan, rudbeckias, aster Frikartii Monch, acteas...a real favourite of mine;  superb sculpted, bronze foliage and easy (sliug resistant too).  Veronicasteums for height as is salvia uliginosa.  Brunneras like Hadspen Cream with forget me not blue flowers in spring. 

Hackonechoas for sheer class would spread nicely there.  Another grass,,Bowles Golden Grass, will enjoy it there as will mosf carex varieties

geum Totally Tangerine.....evergreen foliage and orange flowers for weeks and weeks on end.

persicaria Orange Field ...come to really like this plant. 

When to scarify...

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 16:19

Scarifiers are so cheap one to use twice or more every year.    Even Homebase can haggle to match online prices so have a go    

.just been haggling over tyre prices and from a "sorry madam that's the best we can do" to a quote £30 less per tyre on exactly the same branded tyre for me.  Saved £65 for her.  Hopefully gratitude extends to a donut or two 

i guess most people are too accepting on prices so pay well over the odds 

Something's eating my plants!

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 15:36

Snail damage too Leigh....go out tonight with a torch and see 

An awful lot of damage is caused by snails ...lupins for example are a big target right now for them esp the young tiddlers .  The u shaped notches are a giveaway for weevils by the way 

Vine Weevil?

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 15:29

Thanks Berghill.  I too will keep a look out for it 

this is really tempting fate now and I should keep quiet but I find very few signs of weevil damage now or during past couple of years.

I use provado for susceptible plants like outdoor pelargoniums, heucheras and primulas as a preventative, I regularly autumn lift and wash the same plants and I look out for the occasional adult weevil....they usually frequent my eunymous bushes so they are easily squashed.  

I also check new plants and try to mix in just a little sieved garden soil with mpc or use john Innes. The mpc are a major reason for weevil infestations I think

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