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Posted: 23/12/2013 at 13:16

Leave him there nut.  Get some peace n quiet    

Lots of damage down here...trees down, roof slates blown off, even a town centre closed because of flying debris.  Dog short changed today....brief walk only so far ......but I will have to take him again soon.  Looking forward to that Lotsly 

Mold every where

Posted: 23/12/2013 at 13:07

Hiya james

Ok, mlld here but I would have your bay tree outside.  I think its too  warm and humid where it is right now.  I would bubble wrap your pot and fleece the top amd, yes, leave it in a sheltered spot outside.

Looks like botrytis to me on your herbaceous plugs.  I would spray with fungicide....leaves, stems and soil surface.  Ironically,,the wet spray itself creates a damp atmosphere so I suggest you spray early morning to enable leaves to dry quickly.  Plants need plenty of air circulation too. 

Re echinaceas, they seem susceptible to pathogens during the winter, ironically caused by being too warm at their crowns. At least, that's my experience so I try not to fleece them in the greenhouse.  Cool and dry.....dryish.  I came to realise this when echinaceas not unduly protected fared better than those fleeced.


Posted: 23/12/2013 at 09:14

Use vinevar for your chips.  It won't affect ivy.  

Digging is the way to go.  Mulching is the way to propagate it.  

Strong glyphosate or sbk painted on woody cuts near the base is effective.  


Posted: 23/12/2013 at 09:09

Very, very rough. Mother nature is showing her power today 

Echoing the others.......stay safe folks 

Too wet to plant fruit trees?

Posted: 23/12/2013 at 09:03

Hiya ansypansy

Dont worry.  Just leave them heeled in.  There will be dry spells.  Most of us have emcountered this problem over the years because this is the time for bare root dispatch and planting. 

Is the recipient area prone to water logging?  If it is don't plant too deeply...I.e. slightly higher than surrounding ground....otherwise just plant as normal.  


Digging new beds.

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 23:45

Best to wait until spring to plant those grasses though Sara.  

Xmas jokes

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 23:43

My jokes are good aren't they?  It's the way I sleigh em....?    Ok, I'll get my coat 


Posted: 22/12/2013 at 23:39

Brilliant stuff Fairygirl. 

Yep, think tomorrowI will be difficult ....we will survive 

Digging new beds.

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 19:39

Oooo, grasses Sara!   Good choice.    Choose carefully.  Some are invasive some are not.  Try to get hackanechloa in there....beautiful front of the border grass.  A red grass like Imperata red baron and/or the blue elymus magellanicus look sensational alongside 

Xmas jokes

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 19:13

Hey, that was brilliant Verdun.  

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