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Gooseberry Plants

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 13:13

Hiya david

Definitely gooseberry sawfly.....caterpillars will devastate a bush in couple of days. ,it weakens the bush but will not kill it.

Solution is to,look for caterpillars in early spring,and physically remove them.  Insecticides work too but I don't like to spray food.

Dont burn your bushes.  Feed them now.  You can spray with a winter wash that kills gooseberry sawfly larvae in the autumn/winter.....I would do this.  

Best blue flowering plant

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 07:34

I grow rozanne and jolly bee.  They are supposed to be the same.  It's difficult now to compare since I have split them both to plant in several places and was careless in keeping tabs with labels.

I think jolly bee is more blue, less purple!

The sanguinium varieties are more compact...both rozanne and jolly bee are vigorous

Help needed

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 07:29

Hiya daisy nutcase.......what a brilliant name!

Plant those rhizomes in nice sunny warm position with the tops of the rhizomes uncovered by soil.  They need to bake as much as possible to,produce next year's flowers.  Ideally pin them in place to stop rocking. You can cut half of the top growth back to help stability.  Water well for few days then leave them alone

The best dicentra is........?

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 07:25

Sounds like nice planting hollytree

I don't have the gold leaved form of dicentra but know,of it.  May be tempted to add to my collection though

Stipia Gigantia

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 07:22

You are all referring to pampas grass not stipa gigantea.  

The original question from Charlie was about stipa gigantea.....if this is what you have you need do nothing but lightly pull out loose dead grass and debris at the base.

By now,, if ??ou have stipa, your will be showing flowers or flowering stems

J Parkers let down

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 07:18

Morning hollytree

I agree exactly with you.  Bulbs good but plants awful

Pruning a Photinia

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 07:13

Morning karen

I think that will be fine.  With this warmer weather growth will quicken

New Lawn a few yellow patches urgent help

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 00:08

I would water if this dry weather continues but not overly soak it. The yellow area,is it lower or higher than the rest of the lawn? Does it feel dry or wet?  Is the grass actually yellow?  

Mow when dry.  High setting on mower.  Is the grass growing?  

It's difficult to tell because you do need to water a new lawn until its established but if the grass is growing you will need to mow.  It's prob best to keep off it if it's not growing yet.  A week isn't very long for a newly laid lawn to settle and that yellow area will prob recover. If it still looks sickly in another week or two then I would contact your supplier. 



Slug finaly found a way to stop them

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 23:51

Yep....he is indeed.  His "style" is apparent.  Lol

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 20:35

Evening all.  What a blooming' scorcher.  Wonderful.  

Got plants delivered,today.....helenium Wyndley and dicentra Kimg of Hearts......and they were planted this evening. Knew exactly where they were jigsaw is nearly,complete. ,

Still have large pots,of cannas, blue salvias, dahlias, and various grasses that need homes. 

Hope you all have a lovely weekend....the weather is,supposed to continue fine and sunny.  We Cornish are all tanned and 'appy yokels right now

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