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what's this on my clematis leaves?

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 14:58

plant pauper - I need to gee up with the fairy as well I think.  I'm not experienced with Rose Clear though I bought some this year but always hesitant to use it more than once!  Paranoia about ailing roses!  I'm miffed that absolutely every plant seems to be housing greenfly just now.  This pic is on my strawberry plants (I only have 2 - tiny garden - 2 plants in pots).  Don't want to use Rose Clear on them so it will be a fairy dousing.  I only blasted them with the hose yesterday.  They are driving me mad.

It's the way they just all sit there, hundreds of them - completely oblivious and giving no reaction to my big finger and thumb homing in to squish them.  Every time I squish I shake my hand as if I've just been bitten by something because I'm slightly squeemish with tiny things - but not so with bigger things. LOL!

what's this on my clematis leaves?

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 14:26

sanjy67 - my honeysuckles (new last year and in large pots) have developed those purplings on the leaves as well and since the swarms of greenfly have come to everything this last week, all the new shoots are absolutely covered.  I've given up blasting with the hose every morning before the sun reaches the garden and I'd wondered if my hosing was causing problems.

I have nowhere left in the garden to transplant the two in large pots so am having to leave them where they are in the pots.  I had decided just to leave them and see if things improve as the summer moves along.  Not sure what else to do.   I hadn't thought of using Rose Clear on them so should maybe try that tomorrow morning before the sun hits the garden.


Help I.D. my dwarf 'conifer' please

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 14:14

I agree with Ladybird4.  I have photos of one from the Botanics last year as I loved the colour and it was Hebe armstrongii and it looks as if that is what you have.  But, this is absolutely great to see one with flowers.  Lovely.

Plant Combinations

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 23:45

Last year most of my pots combination included mini petunias called 'Sunset' (I think) which were orangey - and as I had bought a few trays of them (on a very cheap offer) - I had orange all over the garden whereas I'd avoided it before.

This year, as of today, I don't have much in bloom just yet except for one little bed which I'm quite pleased with but still have to finish this year.

I like the fiery orange geum Prinses Juliana (or Julianne?) with the shiny red of the Centranthus Rubra (or Ruber?) - and the 2 heuchera 'Lime Marmalade' are bright light green at the time the Pieris 'Forest Flame' on the right side turned to it's very pale plumage.  I like they way they've worked out so far.  Bottom right are Centaurea (only couple of flowers yet) - but by the time the Pieris changes again to its summer darker green, the roses will be blooming and the colour scheme will change again.    I think I've maybe posted the same pic on this forum related to having to be reminded what the Centrathus plants were called because I'd forgotten.  So apologies if it's the same boring photo.  There's not much else in bloom just now to show any 'combinations'.  Behind the orange geum is a tall bamboo great wall.  There's a obelisk back middle supporting rose 'Grace' which is various shades of yellow but a subtle yellow not bright.  It's on the obelisk this year only because I forgot to prune it in the spring so it's tall and leggy for this year - but - this misfortune means the flowers will be high enough to stand out above the rest of the plants there.  It still needs something though in the gaps at the front and left.  There used to be scabiosa Beujolais Bonnets but I lost both plants in the winter.  They were lovely.

Last edited: 03 June 2016 00:03:00

Overgrown garden

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 23:00

Laura53 - what an exciting summer project for you.  Go with the advice above and clear a bit at a time.  What I'd do first though is clear a space near the house just big enough to have yourself a table and a few chairs so that on those melting hot days doing the clearing - you always have your little space in between bouts of activity to retreat to and have a cuppa and a sit or have something in an ice-bucket.  I always found that when I started my little garden from scratch i.e. made it a garden - having a little place near my door where I could rest in comfort when I wanted to and just observe the chaos was a great boost and it made me feel I could tackle it more enjoyably and not have to retreat into the house whenever I felt like giving up.  That way it became the positive 'my garden' and not the negative 'the' b....dy garden'.  Being part of it and 'in' it was a better inspirational feeling than sitting indoors looking out and constantly saying 'oh not today I really can't face it'.

Last edited: 02 June 2016 23:03:30

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 22:37

Yviestevie:  thanks for the info on the iris.  I must try the supplier you mentioned - and to also follow the instructions to the letter.  I've winged it in the past and that is why irises have been a bloom this year and never seen again scenario.  Although, that has happened with a lot of bulbs in this garden.  They just completely disappear after the first year and no sign of them even if in curiosity I've dug over the patch and found nothing.  Only this year - two nectaroscardom out of original 6 have appeared which were planted years ago, flowered beautifully year one and were never seen again.  It's most odd.  I keep thinking something must be eating them because very few plants have rotted away in the soil over the years.  It's a mystery to me.

Dani - absolutely love your herb pallet.  I have a spare pallet which has been sitting around for a couple of years and I've just smacked my forehead and said 'Why didn't I think of that?'.  I have a space which is always left empty because it is a low stone wall with iron fencing on top of it it and - what luck - the blank space of it which doesn't have any soil or anything in front of it is about exactly the length of a pallet.  So now you have inspired me on how to fill that space for the first time in years.  It's always looked like an odd boring blank of fencing.  Great job!

Leadfarmer - I do love your uncut lawn.  The way it looks in the photographs has really brought back a memory from childhood living in the country before the days when garden furniture was so prevalent and we all sat around or lay out on the grass in our bare feet.  I really just want to run and dive into your uncut lawn - which is the first thought I had when I saw your photograph.  On those really hot days it would be great to cool down just by lying in your grass!  Beasties and all!  I'm getting all nostalgic for childhood here.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 12:44

Love your plantings Fishy and beautiful clematis Flowerlover 3 in lovely surroundings.  

My Scottish surroundings are not blooming much yet but here's a little section of one of the small beds.  The Pieris 'Forest Flame' is in it's very pale early summer coat and I like it with the Heuchera which I think is 'Lime Marmalade' - although I may have the wrong name there.

The perfume on the Jasmines as they start flowering is beautiful.  The bees are all over the Ceonothus 'Concha' which is in full bloom.  After 2 hot days and beautiful blue skies today - the air smells of summer really on the way.

...and the baby magpie and parents have taken to bathing in the water fairy 'thing'.

The air smells of gardens and lawns being mowed.  I hope the sun lasts - it's wonderful

Infection on rose leaves

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 00:05

Dave - thanks for that.  Today (Sunday) quite a few leaves on all the stems have also turned like those above.  It's only it's 2nd year (though I wouldn't know how long it had been in the centre where I bought it) and I've been worrying that it hasn't got off to a great start with me.   I'll think positive though that a few weeks will see it looking perkier.  Many thanks.

Chelsea photos 2016

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 23:28

All of these photos are a great insight to Chelsea at human view level.  The detail on the planting has been beautifully captured by you all and it's a treat to see your chosen 'extras' so very well recorded.  A real joy to see these and as punkdoc says, it is wonderful to look at leisure, away from the tv coverage which always rushes on and is limited in viewing angles.  Liri - do you do professional photography or something connected?  I don't want to pry - but looks to me as if you have a natural talent for composition and perspective.  Sorry if that sounds a bit cheeky. 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 23:12

Yviestevie - fantastic Thalictrum.  I have Elin which is only in bud just now and it's only it's 3rd year.  That iris Cimeron Strip is absolutely beautiful.  How long did it take for it to produce these flowers for you?  My soil seems to kill off irises in their 2nd year never to be seen again - but your photo is tempting me to try again.

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