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Posted: 24/08/2015 at 11:26

Hey.........sun is making an appearance.  Well trying to to. 

since I boasted about our glorious summer to someone last week its been all change. Whilst the east has been enjoying scorching temps we have had rain, rain and rain. 


Gathering and preparation, treatment of Sumach or Stag's Horn

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 11:20

Not a risk I want to take......but WHY would you? 

Mildew free monardas

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 11:17

I have always been put off growing monardas because of their vulnerability to mildew. 


I have looked into the latest varieties claiming to have some resistance to mildew but does anybody grow these?  

Is it simply a matter of growing monardas in deep, moisture retentive, humus rich soil as I suspect? 

Anyone recommend good varieties? 

Is this powdery mildew on my Monarda Mohawk?

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 11:12

Bound to weaken it punkdoc.....even if a tiiiiiiiiiny bit   Less healthy leaf less photo synthesis.  You will certainly need to clean those leaves Rosie.......

my feeling is if you keep mildew at bay you will have a much healthier, stronger plant.  For my own satisfaction I found thito be true on scabious. this disease struck at mid summer and flowers simply were not produced. A pre emptive strike with fungicide transformed my plants so that I now grow them flowering all summer on lush green leaves.

besides, aesthetically plants LOOK better with non mildewed leaves ! 


Posted: 24/08/2015 at 09:18

Welcome debbie digs 

can you post a picture?  

How shallow is your soil?

jasmine is nice........scented summer flowers and often semi evergreen.  Easily pruned.  A vigorous climber but again easily pruned is solanum alba......white flowers over the summer

what sort of ground cover?  Heathers, esp winter flowering with coloured foliage, are great for ground cover in dryish conditions.  Evergreen.  Green, yellow, orange, dark foliage...something to look good all year round 

Anyone know what could be causing this?

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 09:08

As a non rose grower....well I grow first thought was too much of a good thing....i.e. Was the generous adding of compost mixed well with the soil Mike?  Perhaps those roots have ventured...or tried to venture....into strong compost.  And I agree with Scott about the leaves.......too strong a feed.  

I have been guilty in my over zealous days of over manuring planting sites.....! 

It doesnt look a particularly healthy or vigorous plant for one that's been there for 12 months.  A spring planted rose from David Austin has produced masses of growth for me. 

It will be interesting to read what David Austin say.  





Posted: 24/08/2015 at 08:34

Wet here this morning 

lovely yesterday and I took fhe opportunity to both cut the grass and apply nematodes for leatherjackets.  The rain overnight will help wash them in.  Brighter from mid morning and sunshine forecast


Lithospermum Star

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 08:07

And they require a near acid soil.  However they dont like drying out too much either

What's harming my Sedum Purple Emperor?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 23:40

Looks like water droplets have been hit by strong sun Rosie.

the onky issues I have had with sedums is with overhead watering....i.e. With a hose.   Sedums do not really like dripping water on their leaves.  Mine are grown in dry spots in the open.  Just the opposite to your Monardas  Rosie

Dying Dicentra

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 23:30

Same with me.  Dicentra roots are brittle but the plant is vigorous and robust.  I accidentally dig up a white spectabile last spring.....should have marked if.......and cut through the main system.  Potted up two,pieces and they frew and flowered well.  I will be dividing the pink and white one soon.

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