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April 9, 2020

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Growing hollyhocks is a wonderful goal as a gardener. If you treat them well you can get them to grow up to a very impressive 3 meters tall and tower above any other part of your garden adding a delicious and visually appealing vertical element. long as you find the right location in your garden and you offer a little bit of care, you can grow beautiful hollyhocks that continue to appear year after year.…

One of the best ways to grow hollyhocks is to use the seeds that a successful plant already provides you or buy some quality seeds from a seed specialist. If you have successfully growing hollyhocks in your garden, you know that they require very little maintenance except for spraying them to protect them from hollyhock rust and that, if left to their own devices, they will live for about 2 or 3 years and then…

Hollyhocks are grown for the vibrant flowers that appear on the top of the large flower stalks. As a herbaceous perennial it’s commonly grown as an annual, great for attracting Bees and butterflies and resistant to verticillium wilt. However, that does not mean that hollyhock doesn’t have its fair share of other diseases and we start our guide on the most common and sadly the most destructive disease, hollyhock rust. Hollyhock rust (Puccinia malvacearum) Hollyhock…

Hollyhock is a fantasic plant especially for cottage gardens but unfortunately, it often has to combat hollyhock rust and they can quickly become overwhelmed with it. It can also be very hard to prevent often needing to be sprayed 2 times a week when they are actively growing to try and prevent it. What is hollyhock rust? Hollyhock rust is a type of fungal disease and it spreads via airborne spores which is what makes…

When you are growing lupines, most people use seeds to propagate but you can very successfully take basal cuttings as well. The advantage of using cuttings/division is that the resulting plant you achieve will be genetically identical to the parent plant from which you took the cutting and when you sow seed this is not always the case. its also lots of fun and fairly easy to do even if you have never done it…

Rust is one of the most common fungal diseases for any garden plant. Whether you have vegetables, fruit, grasses, herbaceous plants, trees, or shrubs, they are susceptible to rust, especially roses. Rust disease is often very unsightly and they typically reduce the plant health. In the most extreme of cases, they can kill your plant but this is fairly rare. Rust is a kind of fungal diseases and the most commonly affect the leaves on…

The peony is a beautiful and stunning garden plant but it is particularly finicky about the growing conditions it receives. It needs sun with a little bit of chill, it doesn’t want to be buried too deeply in the ground, and if you don’t give it the perfect growing conditions, you won’t get the perfect flowers. Sometimes people who grow the peonies in their garden don’t get any flower buds or flowers at all and…

Peonies are the perfect plants for people who are busy because they don’t need a lot of attention and they live for many years with very little maintenance. However, there might come a time when for the sake of space or simply to help out a mature plant you need to divide and move your peony. If your peony is too large for the position in which it was originally planted or you simply want…

Peony wilt caused by Botrytis paeoniae If you have problems with your peony leaves, you’ve noticed they’re wilting and the buds are dying prior to opening onto the stunning flowers there known for, it’s most likely peony wilt, a fungal infection caused by a disease called Botrytis paeoniae. If your peony leaves wilt and the buds die before opening, it is a sign of peony wilt. This is an infection that targets the leaves and…

Even if you don’t have the space to accommodate a very large flower bed, you can still successfully grow poppies in pots and containers although we do prefer to grow poppies in the ground as a first resort. Poppies will provide you with a colourful display of flowers that might look delicate, but rest assured the plant itself is not. Growing poppies in pots and containers are the perfect solution for anyone that has a…