This section is from the book "The Gardener V1", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
The common white Jasmine is one of the easiest plants to manage. From what you say, your plant must be growing in very rich soil, and making too vigorous growth to bloom freely. Try what a little root-pruning will do for it. Thin out the growth in March, and spur others the same as you would a Pied-Currant bush, and we think it should flower better next season. Your Gloire de Dijon Rose must be cut well back, to induce it to make growths nearer the base of the wall. This has not been a good season for either Dahlias or Roses - too cold and wet. The yellow substance is no doubt a fungus, and if next is a better season it may not appear.
Sir, - In the Kitchen-garden here, almost the whole of the fruit on the Gooseberry plants were during the recent season affected by a reddish roughness, nearly all over, resembling what is known as rust on Grapes. I came here only last spring, and consequently knew nothing of their past worth, but on inquiry at the workmen I learned they had been shifted to the present quarter in the autumn preceding. The soil is a deep moss, and the situation is close by the sea. It would afford me much satisfaction if you or any correspondent could suggest a remedy, or throw any light whatever on the circumstances, through the pages of the 'Gardener.' D. Mackie.
Dunlonit Castle, Islay.
[Can any of our correspondents favour us with their experience in such a case - Ed].