29. Nov, 2016

G A R D E N   P R O B L E M S ?

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29. Nov, 2016

Armillaris:  Encircled as with a bracelet or collar.

Melleus:  Pertaining to honey armillaris commonly known as the "Bootlace Fungus".

Most trees and shrubs can be effected and very occasionally some perennials.

This is a common fungi among rotting tree stumps and associated debris but can be very damaging to plant life, so keep a clean garden.

The infection spreads below ground with plants developing a white layer of fungal growth below the bark of root and trunk.

Black 'bootlace' threads grow on diseased roots and so spread the infection.

In very badly infected plants honey coloured toadstools grow in autumn at base of trunk.

One of the most noticable signs of honey fungus is when a tree or shrub comes into leaf and quite quickly leaves wither on dying branches but do not immediately fall and stay in a withered condition for some time.

There is no cure, therefore destroy dead or dying plants and as many roots as possible, if at all possible burn.

Water into the ground a diluted solution of Jeyes Fluid, leave the area of infection unplanted for several months.  This method is so much cheaper than changing the soil.

Happy gardening Cool

27. Sep, 2016

This very interesting question came up in conversation recently after a visit to a garden centre.  "What is the meaning or difference between a specie and a hybrid plant?" Reading books becomes extremely complicated so in hopefully easy to understand terms - All plants have been given a botanical name, this name is recognised internationally, as opposed to common names which will vary from country to country.

A specie is a natural plant which has not been artificially altered by means of cross pollination with another plant of the same family and therefore because it is a natural plant there are constant very distinct characteristics which show over the generations, a common parentage, and these plants will reproduce themselves more or less true from seed.

However, a hybrid plant, or cultivar, is that which has been created as a result of cross pollination either naturally in the garden or nowadays more often by human hand.

If a hybrid or cultivar does set seed, and many don't, it will not come true to its parent but will show a mix of characteristics from each parent or favour one parent more than the other - much like humans or animals.

So for those of you collecting seed this autumn, just remember a specie plant will grow more or less true to type as per the mother plant.  A hybrid or cultivar will result in a variation of characteristics from their parents as the parents do not share natural characteristics.  So as an example, Lavendula angustifolia is a natural specie, Lavendula angustifolia 'Hidcote' is a hybrid, a cultivated variety.

14. Sep, 2016

Are you one of the many who visit garden centres, see wonderfully colourful displays, buy, you carefully transport your plant home, ‘plonk’ in the garden without knowing growth habit, soil conditions required, etc., quite quickly you find one of three problems has occurred.

  1. Plant dies – wrong conditions, whether it be soil, sun, shade, moisture, etc.
  2. Planted front of border and has grown 1 metre x 1 metre and has swamped everything, and mowing impossible.
  3. Planted middle of border, grown ½ metre in height, has been swamped by other plants so is either very weak or has died out.

Have you not pruned shrubs correctly for years and your garden has now become a ‘forest’.

I can help you by restoring your garden to one which you can cope with and enjoy, one which will provide you with year round colour.

Rescue and rejuvenate  -  three ways in which I can help.

  1. Consultation  -  A garden visit providing a detailed report for you to work to.  Pruning, moving plants, re-planting, schedule of new plants, etc.
  2. As above but I carry out the work for you.
  3. As above but I work with you, show you how to prune, plant etc. and any other information along the way.

New gardens and gardeners

If I supply the plants there with be no charge for planting scheme and schedule.

 “just a thought”

Yes, ok, read gardening books, watch gardening on TV, Google whatever – all will tell you what conditions a particular tree or plant will be happy with but always remember sometimes plants will astound you and grow quite happily outside their normal conditions – that’s the power of nature!

10. Aug, 2016

These are in all the garden centres now and most customers would purchase these to use as a house plant, however these can be grown in the garden in a moist boggy spot in full sun.  Ideal for planting in a bog garden or at a pond edge but it does like to be kept moist in the season. They must be protected from frost, however these plants are so adaptable, a friend of mine has hers on a very light gravelly soil which dries out in summer, she has been growing this in her shrub border for several years, the result is stunning, so go on give it a go in the planted border or better still around the pond with ferns, the rich green fronds will create a super effect.