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Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 13:57

Cornwall is full of the giant echiums....20' tall in some cases.  

Lupin Flower Spikes

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 13:55

Lovely sIngy.  Could I suggest a couple of things?

First, support those big spikes discreetly,with short bamboo canes.  Strong wind and heavy rain will decimate,those hollow stems very,quickly.  

Next, no, don't remove those little spikes.  Otherwise you will have nothing when those big spikes go over. The little ones will get bigger.

Lupins are,hard to beat right now in the garden

Dying Pansies

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 13:46

I grew pansies few years back as groups.  Suddenly they deteriorated and died. It was pansy sickness.  You,may have this too.  The aphids may sImply attracted to the soft dying foliage.

You could treat the symptoms....viz., the aphids and leaf,issues....but I would plant something else whilst there is still time for them to grow and create a show for the summer

Summer has arrived

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 13:34

Ditto.  Pots look great

Frost Damaged Acer

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 13:32

Dont cut if you can pull the green shoots instead.  With a downward tug, firm but not too rough, it's less,likely to,grow again

Glyphosate Concentrations

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 13:29


Can you use a mower at high setting to chop up the brambles etc when worst,has been flattened or,hacked?  It's what I do for someone.  I,then rake it off and give it a few days,and,then spray.  You need less spray, ??ou don't waste it (when you spray high,weeds the weeds below are often protected,from the spray) and the mown weeds occupy far less space.

Epson salt on Runner beans

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 13:22

I have a different's probably a magnesium deficiency and Epsom salts,is a perfect, cheap harmless way,to correct it.  I use it on my tomatoes, have used it on lupins ( sometimes in certain parts,of the garden they show a deficiency) and "saved" a neighbour's winter cherry trees  with Epsom salts.

A seaweed spray is an excellent general feed and tonic and I use it regularly.  Try,the Epsom salts Stephen and let us know how you got on.  It will work pretty quickly.  As part of a maintenance system Epsom salts is good practice. 

I use about 2 tablespoons in 10 litre can

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 13:12

Good luck Artjak.  You must complain or it will happen again.

Now and then I see,the council guys walking and spraying weedkiller on pavements etc.  some of them are,so "casual" and just uneducated about what they are using.  My front borders a pavement and a few years back I astounded one guy by taking his picture and stating I would sue both him and the coumcil for any plant losses.  The picture had the date and time on it too

Got to stand up for ourselves 


Posted: 21/06/2013 at 09:19

Agreed but I do mine as soon as the flower spike begins to go over.  It seems a waste when there's colour still there but the secondary spikes respond more quickly and bigger.

Talkback: Magnesium deficiency

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 09:17

Epsom salts is cheap and effective.  A neighbour had problems with her winter cherry trees and I suggested Epsom salts every year.  Not much.  I add 2 dessertspoons to 2 gallon, 10 litre watering can and water it on.  I'm going to spray my tomato plants with light dilution this weekend.....

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