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Browning on conifers

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 11:37

Good luck Sarah.....let us know how you get on.  

I have salvaged different plants over the years that were of sentimental value and seemingly departing from this world.  Hope you can save yours.

lampranthus plant

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 11:31

Never done seeds so sorry about that but many do,amd say they are easy. However, they strike extremely quickly from cuttings.  They are grown everywhere here. we still call them "mesems".....Mesembryanthemums.  When the sun shines they are out in their full glory

Hello :)

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 11:25

Pottie Pam.  I AM SO JEALOUS.

Cornwall too...good here isn't it?

What would I do with 8 acres?  Had a chance to buy smallholding once...a few acres with Greenhouses, polytunnels.....but couldn't agree over fine print at last moment.

Nearest now is when I help out a friend with nearly 6 acres.  I could really " go to town" with a few acres.  Never's often in my mind to do that.  

Hey!  Monty is my dad but he doesnt know about me yet.  


black fly and Green fly

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 09:14

Ok ging....avoid chemicals then.  

Hello :)

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 09:08

Hiya addict,

Im getting old, can't run the 100 metres anymore, volunteer a lot, care for old mum and "parent" to my niece, am passionate almost obsessive about plants and, like, Monty have a dog plodding around the garden. Am bit contentious, argumentative, dogged and to "stir" a bit!

  Garden in mild sw of Cornwall and grow a lot of tender plants.....cannas, salvias, etc. but not into exotic plants like agaves (too sharp) bananas (never seen one without its leaves shredded halfway during the growing season) .  Always trying new plants.  Lots,of hellebores, salvias, echinaceas, agastaches, and ornamental grasses (so under rated and under used).  Grow veg, fruit. and have small pool in a medium sized garden.  

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 08:47

Can only advise from my own experience.  Winter May well kill lysimachia but if it doesnt a problem is likely to develop.  Nothing worse than trying to eradicate an invasive " weed" that you have put in yourself.

I still and then...with,plants I know to be invasive.  I reckon I can plant for the summer, dig up and pot up and plant out again next year.  Planted artemisia limelight cos,it was so attractive but a few weeks of growing caused 3 years of removing suckers.  Houttynia chameleon is another.  And euphorbia foreglow.  currently watching my Libertia goldfinger as some say it's invasive.  So far not found that to be true.

black fly and Green fly

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 08:37


Have you tried the soap sprays!  Based on fatty acids I think.

Black fly are easily removed between finger and thumb.  Often they are on the new growth tips so should be able to control them. On seedlings be more gentle though.

Are the seedlings edible crops?  If not you could use a systemic insecticide. and green fly are not really difficult to control.

Just a thought, but when you use your organic spray did you spray under the leaves, around the trays or pots and even under them?



Posted: 01/07/2013 at 08:28

Morning everybody.

Cloudy here...again.  Warm n muggy.  

Fairygirl, daughter 19 soon?   Congratulatioms. I can imagine 2 "Popeyes" wielding pick axes so I'm being respectful to you from now on....not scared, mind you!

No gardening today....except pick salad stuff later.  I'm growing corned beef too this year and that's ready now too


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 20:39

Hello athers100

Did you prune,your plant last summer?  If so you removed the flowering wood

Lush growth suggests good living.  You could apply potash feeds but I would leave it now to fend for itself.  It should flower next year

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 19:53

Dove those hardy gerberas really are hardy.....I've had a couple overwinter for two years.  Lovely thongs.

KEF, you mean you only ate SOME of that chocolate.  I woulot have eaten the lot. Those dwarf delphiniums are lovely.  They will still get,quite tall following year but I've had some delightful,colours this year. Share your fondness for blue plants....I have prob in excess of 20 different blue counting in my head and I prob have nearer 30.

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