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What Is This?

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 20:37

Looks like sap from your tree affected by a bacterial canker.  Is it a fruit tree?  To be honest I looked this up in a book I have about trees - I have no experience of it.  In the book the weeping of the sap looked exactly like your blobs and the diagnosis of the tree photographed with the blobs listed it as bacterial canker.    Sure somebody else will come up with something for informative and accurate.

Impatiens - outdoors

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 20:27


Hi everyone.  I've always steered clear of impatiens since a few died on me when I planted them in pots a few years ago.  No idea what I did.

However, saw 4 beautiful red plants today and couldn't resist.  Intend either planting them or housing them in pots in dappled shade.  I would like to have success with them this time so am asking advice on:  best soil conditions, do they have to be in shade or can they survive in sun for 5 hours and then shade the rest of the day?  Can they be planted in an area where I have just dug in shop bought bag of manure soil improver or is that likely to be too strong to plant anything in?

Any advice on how you deal with impatiens would be grate.  It was a whim buy due to the lovely colour...and I'm not feeling brave about them surviving with me.  I see others in gardens or in containers and they look wonderful.  But I have a nervous 'thing' about never having had success with them and keeping them alive!

Thanks everyone.

Clematis Rebecca died suddenly after planting

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 00:27

Hi Viswalingham.   It looks as if you still have the green cane tie around the bottom of your Rebecca holding all the stems still together.  It might help if you cut that gently off and spread your stems outwards like a fan to separate them - the stems may be strangling each other.  Would also be a good idea if you have some kind of wire attached horizontally to your fence so that the stems can be attached to so that it knows it has somewhere to go, reach out for and attach or be gently tied to. 

As the others have said, you need to have something in front of it at ground level to keep the bottom few inches of the stems in the shade as they come out of the ground.  It hates heat at the roots.  And a good couple of cans of water might pep it up.  It may be that the stems are too close to each other and winding around each other so I'd get the green plastic cane tie off and spread em out - but they need something to climb up and attach to.  Once they reach the top of the cane there's nowhere for them to go.

The leaves are green and there are nice buds so I don't think it has wilt. I'm wondering if it is just strangling itself with all the stems together.   Also wondering about the gravel around it - could dust from the gravel be leaching into the soil. 

I bought Rebecca last year so mine is still young.  I have it attached to quite a thin section of trellis nailed to the wall facing west.  It's in a pot though and the pot is also inside an old wooden box which I used to use to stand plants on next to the back door.  So the roots and first few inches of stem are kept cool and dark.  Last year it was in full sun and hated it - but it was scarlet red.  This year it has sun for half of the day and is more a claret colour.  I give the pot a can of water every three or four days - depending on the weather.  I don't want it sitting soaked, just kept moist.  And until it bloomed I fed it just with liquid feed every couple of weeks.   It's only it's second year so not a huge amount of blooms and the first are going over now.  But I see some tiny budlets coming here and there so may get more.

Be brave.  I made a mess planting mine last year in full sun and only had two flowers and that was it.  I'd never done clematis before - and sometimes courage pays dividends.  I'm sure you will solve your problem.  Go for it.



How can I attract more birds to my small, sheltered garden?

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 12:50

Birds love dried mealworms - although they can be a bit expensive to buy.  Here, they seem to smell them quite a distance away.  They are mad about them, irresistible.  I have them in a wire peanut feeder and it has attracted a mix of small birds I never used to see in this small town garden.  A shallow dish with water is also a draw.



Posted: 30/06/2015 at 09:25

Hi B3.   Can you relate what the advice about overwintering them was?  I would love to know what to do with mine.  I have a couple which return well every year but others are much diminished so any tips would be gratefully received.  Many thanks.

A couple of IDs please.

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 01:17

 Saw these in the botanical gardens - maybe yours are the same.  They're lovely.

The Big News in Edinburgh

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 12:46

 Here's the timeline of its cultivation - 12 years.  Hope it reads ok.  What an amazing feat by the Botanics team.  Hi Fairygirl - I'm lucky I live very close to the Botanics.  Such amazing queues to see it.  Really is a wonder.  Apparently it puffed the 'stink' a couple of times yesterday and it's luck that it hasn't closed up yet.  2 metres high.  You can tell I'm in awe!

The Big News in Edinburgh

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 12:32







For those who may have seen news of this on tv and who can't go and see it themselves, I nipped along this morning to Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh to join the queue at 9am.  Tried yesterday afternoon but the wait was 2 hours and couldn't stay.  I'm not sure how to reduce photos but hope they're ok to view.  It was amazing and the plant is expected to close up and drop down anytime.  The 'rotting flesh' smell had gone by the time of my visit, was more like a faint whiff of rotting fish.  Fascinating.  The corm is the size of the pot.  Camera kept steaming up.  Amazing to see this. 





Crocosmia yellowing leaves

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 01:46

Loupen, I've had the same almost rusty marks on my leaves the last few years.  I had divided them, they had been lovely.  Now I just get the leaves coming up, fresh green to begin with but by July the rusty or whitish marks are all over them.  I'm at the point of digging up and disposing.

What's your worst nemesis, your most dreaded weed or plant?

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 01:43

Trying to grow gentian sino ornata (sp?),.  Every year, I see plants for sale, and see the ones in the botanical gardens - all look beautiful.  And every year I plant them having read advice in books on growing conditions etc.  They all die or completely disappear.

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