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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 22:30

Lizzie, aconites are one of those that will either do well and multiply or will die off.  They are a plant from deciduous woodland so like light in the winter but shade in the summer and don't like being baked in dry soil.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 16:11

Just planted out some tree lilies which have outgrown their 50cm pots.  Decided to re-pot the beautifiu 'Miss Lucy' green and pink tinted white doubles as they'd been in the same pot for 3-4 years and didn't do too well last summer.  Unfortunately I discovered why - they have either rotted or something has eaten them as there was no sign of bulbs in the containers!  Normally I find a few babies even if the main bulb has died, but nothin'

Plant ID

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 15:56

'White clips' has 5-7 nut.  Definitely a Campanula.c. as I recognise the flower buds.

Plant ID

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 15:50

I'd agree with one of the groundcover campanulas (Campanula carpatica.)  Pretty little things and unfussy.

Carrots - what's the secret?!

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 22:37

If you grow the early types, you can be pulling 'baby' carrots in just a few weeks.  I only grow maincrop carrots though which I sow in spring and pull continuously from July until the end of the winter.  Carrots are biennials and will flower in their second year - once they start to send up the flower stem (a tall umbellifer) they become tough and inedible.

Corious tree

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 14:00

Ralph, it's a sculpture.

The Old Beeb Posters!

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 13:58

Another ex-Beeb with same name here.

Football season - 2014

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 13:32

The players have a fantastic team spirit and there are no moody over-paid 'prima donnas' which is probably why they are doing so well. 

Football season - 2014

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 11:45

David, Liverpool played very well, probably the best team we have played on the day while our strikers seemed off-colour.  Thanks Jo and Verdun - our fans have their feet firmly on the ground and we'll only be happy once we are safe from relegation!  I think most of us wiill be ecstatic if we finish mid-table and a top five finish would be a dream come true! Man City up next, so another tough game on Tuesday!

Help needed with diseased tree

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 11:02

Hi Tony, It looks like it might be a cherry tree of some kind.  With the different appearance of the lower and upper trunk, it looks like it has been grafted and the graft has failed, very probably by being infected with bacterial canker:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=86

As you can see from the RHS advice above, there is now no treatment available so the best course of action would be to replace the tree, unfortunately.  Even if Bordeaux Mixture were available, a lesion on the main trunk like this would not respond.

 

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