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by sally wright
Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Lemon verbena
Replies: 28
Views: 6626

Re: Lemon verbena

Dear Wellie, my lemon verbena has several stems arising at the ground level. I will take out one or two completely to the ground and tidy the rest of the plant to keep it from overhanging the path too much. The same way you would with a forsythia or philadelphus after they have flowered BUT do this ...
by sally wright
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Currants look mouldy...
Replies: 2
Views: 333

Re: Currants look mouldy...

Dear Elmigo, this looks like powdery mildew. There is little that the amateur gardener can do about this. It is worst in hot dry conditions so keep your plants well watered; if grown in pots use a saucer underneath the pot to provide more constant moisture. Clear up all infected leaves after they ha...
by sally wright
Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Why doesn't weedkiller work on marestail?
Replies: 20
Views: 9145

Re: Why doesn't weedkiller work on marestail?

Dear All, the reason most weedkillers will not touch mares tail is down to hormones. The mares tail is a very primitive plant (think coal measures old) that is as distantly related to most weeds as it can be and still be regarded as a plant. Most weedkillers these days are what is known as hormonal ...
by sally wright
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Radish glutton!
Replies: 7
Views: 485

Re: Radish glutton!

Dear Ilknur,
pickle them! There are lots of ways to do this so look up some recipes on the internet. If you have a food slicer/processor it will be really easy to slice or grate them.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Puckered leaves on French beans
Replies: 7
Views: 583

Re: Puckered leaves on French beans

Try looking at images of capsid bug (shield bug) damage.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Help with my Blueberry Bush
Replies: 7
Views: 514

Re: Help with my Blueberry Bush

Dear MFP, leave the soil alone whilst the bush is in growth and re-pot in October; use a slightly larger pot if you have one as well. If you disturb the roots now before the heat of summer (if we have one) will stress the bush further and that is not good. The blueberry will not like "instant f...
by sally wright
Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Help with my Blueberry Bush
Replies: 7
Views: 514

Re: Help with my Blueberry Bush

Dear MFP, Re-potting at this time of year will not do the bush any good; what you need to do is add something to the soil make it more acid (ph 6.5 or below). There are three kinds to choose from; sulphur, aluminium sulphate and ferrous sulphate. I would recommend ferrous sulphate if possible follow...
by sally wright
Fri May 31, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Lavender and Thyme sowing
Replies: 2
Views: 286

Re: Lavender and Thyme sowing

Dear NAD, it is not too late. Sow thinly onto compost that has some sand added to it in a 1:4 ratio. Cover the seeds with about 1/2 a centimetre of vermiculite and keep moist until germination occurs; do not exclude light. The plants will be too small to plant outside this year and will need to be k...
by sally wright
Fri May 31, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Vegetative propagation of Hawthorn
Replies: 6
Views: 271

Re: Vegetative propagation of Hawthorn

Dear All, my nursery stock manual and my hardy woody plants from seed say that the clonal varieties (the pink sorts) are grafted and the white ones for hedging are grown from seed. You can bet with some certainty that if the pink sorts could be done commercially from cuttings they would be as grafti...
by sally wright
Wed May 29, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Tree ID please
Replies: 6
Views: 324

Re: Tree ID please

Aw shucks; you're making me blush now.
Sally.
by sally wright
Tue May 28, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Tree ID please
Replies: 6
Views: 324

Re: Tree ID please

Dear Diane,
I am pretty sure that this is a Styrax japonicus aka the Japanese snowball tree. Rather handsome shrub/small tree; widely available in several cultivars. It took all evening for the name to pop into the old noggin.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Sun May 19, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Garlic going to seed already
Replies: 3
Views: 384

Re: Garlic going to seed already

Dear Primrose, elephant garlic produces a flower head as part of it's normal growth cycle; you have two choices with the elephant garlic; leave them alone and enjoy the pretty flowers (bees of all kinds adore them) or trim them off just under the flower head for bigger cloves. The hard neck garlics ...
by sally wright
Fri May 17, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: My quest....
Replies: 3
Views: 348

Re: My quest....

Dear Diane,
have you tried your nearest botanical gardens? Or the RHS.
regards Sally Wright
by sally wright
Sat May 11, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: replacing a silver birch tree
Replies: 9
Views: 749

Re: replacing a silver birch tree

Dear RP,
they are on line but they are based in Ashby de la Zouch in the Midlands.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Fri May 10, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: replacing a silver birch tree
Replies: 9
Views: 749

Re: replacing a silver birch tree

Dear RP,
they have a nice selection of birch at Bluebell nurseries. Some rather choice maples too.
Regards Sally Wright.

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