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Posted: 24/04/2016 at 19:27

Invicta, check out Stainless Steel....later flowering and classy colour 

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 18:30

Hello marion.  So many plants in flower over such a long time.....always something in flower it seems . have you ever said how big your garden is?  Do you do it all yourself? 

Black Soot

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 18:08

Zigga, spraying will do no good. ,

the cause is aphids.  Their secretions help sooty mould to form

bit of a job but you meed to physically wash as many leaves as you can THEN you can spray with an insecticide

i had a choisya, skimmia and sarcoccoca covered with mould ....maybe 4 years ago.  Every leaf, just about, was washed top and bottom.  i lightly pruned back all bushes to start with then used an insecticide. a soap spray a couple or more times during the summer comtrolled further aphid attacks.

my bushes have been clear ever since

cheshire gal,  a mildew killer will have no affect but try pruning back to a more manageable size to again attempt to wash your rhodo. 

Hints on growing Dianthus, please

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 17:56

Happycottontail, I think the problem is lime, or the lack of it.

dianthus thrive in alkaline soils.  Can you get mushroom compost?  If so dig in plenty of mushroom compost.  It will supply lime and lighten your clay soil 

Pieris In Trouble

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 17:32

Couple of thoughts Mark,

is it wet there? I think this is the real problem 

have you mulched there?  Perhaps with mushroom compost?

a large bush to spray Mark.......i would apply sequestered iron around the roots, prune out dead wood and trim back remaining stems.  Then a mulch of pine bark or ericaceous compost. 

I have "recovered" a much smaller addition to the above I sprayed with epsom salts a couple of times.  



What to plant in a pot next to the front door?

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 17:18

Different sort of thing but what about a conifer...."noooo" you scream 

however taxus standishii is a tough, easy superb evergreen for a decent size comtainer.  Tolerates dry comditions and most everything except waterlogging.  Colour from olive yellow in winter to brightest yellow in summer and happy to be pruned.  

Lithodora  is an evergreen trailing bushy plant producing brilliant blue flowers now and for several weeks.  Easy but use ericaceous compost in your pot.  Thymus Silver Posie is a tall thyme with delightful silver leaves and pink flowers in summer.  

Pittosporum Tom Thumb?  A small evergreen purple shrub, almost black in winter.

convolvulous cneorum is a beautiful mound of silver leaves producing velvety pure white flowers for most of the summer...a real eye catcher

euryops pectinatus is a silvery green evergreen perennial with yellow flowers for months.

check out Coronilla glauca varieties too 

Cosmos Plant - help

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 17:09

Tony, just in case,,sow more purity if you have more seed. my first sowing, too early really, didn't germinate.  Second lot took a few days only. 

Exciting time of year Tony.

in the garden new shoots appearing now every day.....and we have a super summer to come 

Grass on the drive

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 14:31

Best wishes Wessex for a full recovery.  Wish I lived near you. Must be someone on the forum who does and can help you. 

Can a neighbour help you with this?  Or family member?  

Grass on the drive

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 12:16

Just take your time Wessex.....maybe bit by bit 

Is it too late to prune a lavatera?

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 10:03

Just caught me amy......just pinch it back now.  

Hope you got the sun there too 

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