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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 23:32

An update.

No wind or rain right now but it was bad.

I guess its just a lull.  

I feel so sorry for those on the Somerset levels....losing their homes, farms, possibly their animals.  On the news it was hard to see such utter despair.  Maybe dredging would have helped but nature is unstoppable at times. 

Its been a lovely day here too then the storm from nowhere.  

Summat's wrong with the hellebores Verdun

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 20:41

Why, have you still got the old leaves on them?

Only remove leaves and let plant do what it can

Summat's wrong with the hellebores Verdun

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 20:02

Nut then hold your nerve and see if they outgrow this virus.  I think if they do they may develop a resistance.  It's a virus, isn't it, so nothing else you can do. 

I always make a point of removing old leaves ASAP and flowered stems fairly quickly too plus a mulch of compost/dried manure to keep plants as healthy and clean as possible.

Good luck Nut.  

Summat's wrong with the hellebores Verdun

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 19:53

Hello nut

What exactly is happening?  Are new shoots distorted and turning black?  

I have never experienced this on my plants but have heard of it. 

I would just keep an eye on them.  Are these plants together?   Possibly the weather is doing something !  As far as I'm aware there is no cure if your plants have this "black death" except to dig them up and dispose of them.  

I will check it out though.  Will do so after this post 

 

Old Herbaceous Border

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 19:44

Dig up some plants and divide them. ESP those ??ou like.  You dont need to do it all at the same time.  However, I would try to plant the divisions elsewhere in the border if you can and I would incorporate plenty of compost too plus a scattering of organic fertiliser too.  

A combination of division of plants and persistent application of glyphosate on weeds will reclaim your lovely herbaceous border Fran. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 19:36

Weather here is atrocious.  Wind sounds horrendous.  Heavy rain.  Unsettling to say the least. Can't imagine what it will be like tomorrow as the winds are forecast to INCREASE ?  

All this after a discussion on radio today when an "expert" said we can no longer regard UK as safe regarding the weather.  

 

Ornamental Grasses

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 18:58

Goldcroft

Elijah blue is a blue festuca.  I divide mine in spring.  Dig them up and pull apart and pot up in good compost.  This keeps their foliage looking good and rejuvenated the plant.  And you will have more plamts in early summer to plant out.  Or simply gently combyour fingers through the plant to remove dead stuff. 

The brown one sounds like a sedge ....I cut mine back in spring almost to the ground.  It grows quickly.  Again, you can pull this plant apart and pot up but in this case I usually pull apart in half and replant in the ground. 

The Canny Gardener

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 18:52

I guess there must be some happy customers of the Canny Gardener.  Truth is though that most people had trouble with them and that's why this company failed.  

Help Black Spot on Rhodedendron

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 18:47

Hiya Bonnieweething

I would not cut anything right now.

How big a plant is it?  Are the black spots more like soot or actually black or brown spots?  

If its a soot type issue I would try and wash the leaves.  Then spray with fungicide.  If black spots again I would spray with fungicide. 

 

Talkback: What to prune in winter

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 18:38

Pam

I cut back lupins in summer by removing the flowered stems.  

No cutting back now though.  If there are dead/brittle old flowered stems remaining just clear them away. That's it.  

Lupins are already sending up new shoots here now. You could scatter some fertiliser around them soon and the odd slug pellet.  

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