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Posted: 23/04/2017 at 19:31

I like that one, Hosta.  Polish Spirit is another 'good doer' in the viticella group.  Very vigourous, floriferous and almost indestructible in my experience!

Tulip Fest 😍🌷

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 19:24

A couple of species types now fully in bloom:

The second one is 'Little Beauty' and is indeed scneted, Fairy (although you have to get very close!)

And a pot of short doubles I got free:

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 19:19

Revamped border finished!

Planted up, mulched with 6 bags of FYM and given a good drink:

Now time for a drink for me.

Insect identification help please

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 15:26

It is indeed Helski.

Apple tree disease

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 14:37

I'd take the whole branch out, right back to the trunk to be safe.  That branch is a bit low anyway.  Cut it just level with the end of the collar, like in the image on this page:

If that were my tree, I'd also remove the 2nd trunk growing from the base as it could be from the rootstock rather than from the grafted variety and will take over eventually.  If the bark on the 2nd trunk looks different to the main one or the blossom is different then that would be a certainty.

Insect identification help please

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 14:27

Definitely mining bees, probably Andrena denticulata.:

Is this a weed

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 11:52

It has the look of one of the dianthus deltoides but not 100% sure.  I don't think it's a weed though.

Are my tomato seedlings leggy? (and other tomato seedling advice)

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 11:40

Those look fine Max.  I have used silver foil on the inside of a cardboard box with one side removed to help scatter light - this does help to  prevent them becoming leggy and leaning towards the light.  Best temps to grow them at are 14 to 20C at this stage.  I would leave them another week before repotting as they are a bit delicate at the moment.  When you re-pot, bury them right up to the seed leaves (the first two leaves which appeared when they germinated.)  Put them into small pots (eg 9cm) first and then repot those into slightly larger ones (eg 12cm) when the roots reach the sides of the small pots.

Apple tree disease

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 11:25

Can we see a photo of the whole tree, KoG?  I would likely prune back into healthy wood but it would be good to see the whole tree to advise on where to cut.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 22:11

The 'unknown' tree peony decided to open today:

Worth waiting 10 years for (well, maybe!) and spotted another couple of buds:

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Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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