London (change)
Today 13°C / 10°C
Tomorrow 12°C / 9°C

Birdy13


Latest posts by Birdy13

Advice needed on Strawberry leaf disease

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 20:00

A friend has planted up her new fruit cage with three batches of strawberries from 2 or 3 different suppliers. One of the batches has started to show a type of rust on the leaves while one of the batches (from a different supplier) still seems clear of problems. None of them have been in longer than two weeks.

Here is a photo of some leaves from the worst affected plant:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/47929.jpg?width=332&height=350&mode=max

... And the underside 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/47930.jpg?width=342&height=350&mode=max

 

Can anyone identify the condition and advise please.

I also have noticed a slightly different condition on leaves of my own strawberries and would appreciate advice there too. Here are are few shots:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/47934.jpg?width=278&height=350&mode=max

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/47936.jpg?width=562&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/47932.jpg?width=444&height=350&mode=max

An identification and any advice would be really welcome.

 

 

 

This forum

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 21:47

 Thanks OL for your appreciation.

And hello again Fairygirl. I'm having a better year thank you, although I haven't  really done much work  in the garden this year until the last few days.

What with people  posting about coffeebreaks and it being such a stonking day, I decided this morning, sorry - lunchtime, to enjoy just being in the garden after yesterday's hard work. The poem just described that lovely feeling of justifiable relaxation in one's garden. 

I've just finished planted out in containers all of last year's begonias so I'm feeling virtuous again - that's twice in one day! 

Dianthus reborn?

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 21:28

They must have self seeded from somewhere. As I don't want a willow I'd better go shopping for something colourful and friendly.

Thanks Nutcutlet for the the identification.

Dianthus reborn?

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 18:23

Last year this trough contained Dianthus Napoli (red) and Dianthus Bianca (purple and white)

I thought I'd cleared the trough out months ago then noticed these vigorous plants growing there.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/47748.jpg?width=292&height=350&mode=max

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/47750.jpg?width=293&height=350&mode=max

 

They don't  seem 'juicy' like weeds but are very strong with very tough stems and as they appear to be very happy I'm loathe to pull them up until I know what they are. I'm also wondering whether I inadvertently planted them myself eg as unidentified bulbs found in the greenhouse.

Can anyone help please?

Begonia puzzle!

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 18:00

Orchid Lady

Interesting you should ask this as I have been potting up 2 varieties myself that I overwintered as corms from last years plants.

I asked a plant experienced friend what she thought and she said she thought those with the lighter coloured leaves would probably give the paler shades of colour. Still an element of doubt .

Mine were colour matched variously in pots, troughs and hanging baskets last year and I was wasting a lot of potting up time agonising  about mismatching them this year. Then I thought  let's just see how they turn out without worrying about colour - I decided the uncertainty is worth it for the surprise combinations I may not have thought of.

What I did do however was sort them by size so anything small wouldn't get swamped by the larger plants - still unscientific I know but I can learn from the results for next year. That all said, these photos might help if you happen to have the same variety of begonias as me.

Tumbling Apricot Shades

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/47739.jpg?width=360&height=350&mode=max

Tumbling Apricot Shades

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/47741.jpg?width=321&height=350&mode=max

Scents of Summer with one rogueTumbling Apricot Shades

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/47742.jpg?width=244&height=350&mode=max

Scents of Summer

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/47743.jpg?width=408&height=350&mode=max

Tumbling Apricot Shades

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/47744.jpg?width=267&height=350&mode=max

We could compare results later in the year and if we get it 'wrong' I bet I get it 'wronger 'than you! 

 

This forum

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 12:39


Oh, what a glorious day: the sun, the breeze,
The blackbird on the wires, the shady trees,
Green grass, blue sky and technicolor flowers:
This is why we work those precious hours.

All the lawns well strimmed and cut last night,
Washing out to dry (but out of sight)
Enjoy the cake, the coffee and the book;
Take time to give your work a good long look.

Live in this moment, take those minutes rest:
It's days like these we'll all remember best.

 


http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/47706.jpg?width=296&height=350&mode=max

 

 

White bubbles on my lavender

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 11:41

I noticed also loads of CS on my lavender yesterday and am glad to hear it does no harm - which answers the question I was going to ask. Nice to know GW members' knowledge is now operating telepathically!

Photographing the tulips

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 10:09

BB2, sorry I forgot to say how beautiful your garden is. not just the structure and colours of your planting but also the overall landscaping: the low stone wall is a particularly effective and attractive feature. Nice to sit on the edge on a summer's evening I should imagine.

Cotty: great collection of tulips! Looks like Giuseppe Verdi in the foreground(?)

I think I recognise Queen of the Night towards the back, but what are the lighter mauve/lilac ones next to them, please?

BizzieB: the yellow tupils are Monte Carlo and, yes, the dark ones are Queen of the Night. Thankyou, by the way, for the 10" depth advice: I will follow that next time. 

Photographing the tulips

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 23:23

Busy Bee2 said about tulips:

"and it will become clear that there is no colour co-ordination going on, they just pop up like lollipops, and I buy what I fancy. "

Thats more or less what happened here BB2 - bought about 7 varieties on offer and put them in (6" deep at least) grouped in colour batches in November. Had no idea how their colours would harmonise. Pleased to say the effect was a totally exhilarating surprise:

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/43321.jpg?width=350

 

I too found last year I was struggling to know what what was growing from previous years so I went round the whole garden methodically photographing everything in bloom. I've found my iPad automatically records the date of each weekly batch of photos, which is useful to help predict what might come up,again next year, and when.

 

 

 

Tulips

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 20:55

As a rider to the question could I ask is it actually essential to lift tulip bulbs and store them for the next year?

Last year a few tulips came up that I never planted - from a previous year's planting presumably.

I planted more tulips for the first time last year and they all seem to be doing well, some types are even in flower now (GiusseppI Verdi) .

Could they not all stay in the ground? 

Discussions started by Birdy13

Exotic plant or weed or triffid?

Just another plant ID request please. 
Replies: 11    Views: 301
Last Post: 17/12/2014 at 22:00

Do Bramleys get bitter pit?

What is this condition that has affected my Bramley apples this year? 
Replies: 5    Views: 193
Last Post: 20/11/2014 at 14:45

Weed or flower?

Plant identification please and advice on planting under an apple tree. 
Replies: 20    Views: 618
Last Post: 14/11/2014 at 11:07

Cotoneaster, ferns and Cotswold stone

Effect on plants of the limestone 'mulch 
Replies: 7    Views: 163
Last Post: 31/10/2014 at 20:47

Is it too late to cut back lavender?

Pruning lavender 
Replies: 3    Views: 230
Last Post: 08/10/2014 at 20:03

Service 503 Unavailable

Can't post photos 
Replies: 4    Views: 261
Last Post: 25/09/2014 at 01:43

Propagating Stephanotis

Can I take cuttings from my Stephanotis house plant? 
Replies: 6    Views: 225
Last Post: 27/09/2014 at 21:39

Advice needed on Strawberry leaf disease

Appearance of what looks like rust on newly planted strawberries 
Replies: 2    Views: 218
Last Post: 02/06/2014 at 22:08

Dianthus reborn?

ID needed for unexpected trough contents 
Replies: 3    Views: 227
Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:29

Fern flourished through mild winter.

What should I do about fern whose foliage has not died down as normal? 
Replies: 13    Views: 476
Last Post: 02/03/2014 at 22:35

The Bully and the Policeman

Garden pests (human - but only just!) 
Replies: 33    Views: 1574
Last Post: 14/10/2013 at 20:54

Can't find toolbars, icons or post photo?

Absence of necessary Toolbars 
Replies: 2    Views: 497
Last Post: 25/07/2013 at 20:47

Cistus pulverulentus (sunset)

Frost damaged - should I cut back 
Replies: 5    Views: 1509
Last Post: 17/07/2013 at 14:33
13 threads returned