BobTheGardener


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Help identify a shrub please

Posted: Yesterday at 19:57

And can be propagated easily from cuttings, Tommy.

Small blooms on agapanthus

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 19:37

I think it's just been a bad year for them.  Agapanthus are originally from South Africa and need lots of sun to bloom well.  My well established patch sent up about 15-20 heads last year as it always does.  This year it has just 2 and those look a bit puny.

Help with identification

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 16:55

It's a malva, John.  Extremely variable - if you collect seeds the flowers might be quite different colours on plants grown from them.

any ideas?

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 16:41

Tree peony.

My flowers ..

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 16:38

Love the dianthus, I used to have some of those - d. arenarius I think.
Some of my double petunias:




And Salvia Patens - just coing into bloom now:


Plant identification

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 15:57

Just to add that most clematis are perfectly happy in part shade and that they much prefer to be in the ground than in pots so I would leave it.  Do give it a good feed though - a liquid tomato feed is probably best at this stage of the season.

Discolored blackberries, any solutions to fix this?

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 13:47

White drupelets are caused by strong sun after periods of overcast weather so not much you can do.  The good news is it's not caused by a disease or pest and is only weather related.

Last edited: 24 July 2016 13:50:40

Help identify Discovery Tree problem

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 13:02

Sulphide of potash will help the tree to fruit once it is established but I wouldn't give it any yet.  What I would recommend is to widen the ring of removed grass around the trunk so that it is about 1 metre diameter.  Grass will compete with the tree for food and leaving an area clear of grass and other plants will help the tree to establish a good root system.  You could mulch that area with well-rotted manure (leave a few cm gap near the trunk though) and cover with bark chippings to prevent the grass recolonising the area.  Spring bulbs could also be planted if you like as those do their growing while the tree is dormant.

New garden advice, starting with the soil

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 12:23

Get some ready bagged well-rotted farmyard manure from a garden centre, spread it on top and dig it in to the depth of a garden fork.  You need at least a 2 inch layer to do any good and preferably 4".  This will improve the soil structure and add lots of nutrients.  If you spread another 2" over the bed each late autumn, the worms will do the work for you so no further digging required.  This is called winter mulching and will also help keep weeds down.  After a few years of doing this you will have superb soil in which you can grow just about anything.

Help identify Discovery Tree problem

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 12:13

It looks very much like lichen in which case there is absolutely nothing to worry about whatsoever.  Lichen only grows where the air is very clean.

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