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Plant not looking too good

Plant not looking too good

Foxglove not looking too good, but I can't find what's eating it. Anything I can do now to improve things? NurseBridie, Drogheda, Co Meath Posted: 12/06/2017

It is probably small snails that hide by day. Though a bit unsightly, the damage is not great and the plant should flower again next year if you take off the flower shoots when they have finished.

  Flower or weed?

Flower or weed?

I put quite a lot of unidentified plants in my garden and while doing a bit of weeding today I found this plant. Can you tell me what it is please? PatriciaMonaghan, Cork, Co Cork Posted: 06/06/2017

It is a campanula or bellflowers...possibly Campanula poscharskyana.


Is crocosmia another pest?

Crocosmia has taken over my garden. Pulling up the bulbs seems to encourage it. Has it become another invasive species in the west of Ireland? What''s the best way to get rid of it? I use old carpets to smother weeds but would need acres of it to get rid of this pest. cecelia, milltown, Co Kerry Posted: 05/06/2017

Crocosmia can be invasive and difficult to control over a large area. Use two or three applications as necessary on a once-off basis. Covering is successful for small areas.


gunnera maculata. should i remove it?

I live in mid Kerry. I have a huge Gunnera manicata in my garden. It soaks up a lot of moisture and is an 'architectural' feature. However I spotted two samples growing in a neighbour's drain last year. I have removed the seedheads from my specimen this year. I'M WONDERING SHOULD I remove my plant as I don't want to leave an invasive plant as my legacy in the locality. What's the best method please? I saw it in Kilmacura Gardens, Wicklow last week and was surprised. cecelia, milltown, Co Kerry Posted: 05/06/2017

This species is not as invasive, but you are right to cut away the seedheads, then it cannot spread except by pieces cut off.

  Problem with tree fern

Problem with tree fern

I had a new tree fern planted in January. Unfortunately I was away for 2 weeks during recent dry spell & all the ferns wilted! I have watered well & new ferns are growing Should I cut away old ferns & should I feed now? 180920161, Dublin, Co Dublin Posted: 24/05/2017

Continue watering each week until there is good new growth.

Tree ferns do not need feeding, just a good mulch of decayed leaves to keep moisture in the soil.

Leave the dead fronds to offer some shelter to the new leaves. 


watering peony

How should i be watering my peonies now they are starting to flower? dwp1, , Co Meath Posted: 16/05/2017

Peonies in the open ground should not need any additional watering, unless they have close competition from other plants. In that case, give a heavy watering in the absence of rain.


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