BobTheGardener


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Clematis

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 17:29

You can cut off the dead flowers now if you want to tidy it up a bit.  While the seed heads can be decorative, removing them now allows more goodness to go into the roots ready for next year's flowers.

Name of these plants?

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 15:34

Welcome Ed!  Cotoneasters come in small and large leaved varieties.  I suspect yours (in the first link) may be this one:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/4582/i-Cotoneaster-bullatus-i/Details

Some of the hypericums have very small flowers so you may have missed them.

Name of these plants?

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 15:22
Edlonton wrote (see)
Is this a Cotoneaster?

https://edoindigo.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/autumn/

Thank you,
Ed

Yes it is.

PS, if you press Enter/Return after inserting a link, they become clickable (which is what I did when editing your quote above, Ed.)

Name of these plants?

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 13:58

The one at the bottom of that page is a hypericum (St John's wort.)  The shrub in the first two images at the top looks like a Cotoneaster.

How much....

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 13:51

Mine was a motercycle which I bought for £100 in about 1978 and sold five years later for.. £150!

Magnolia

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 13:48

Yes, now is ideal for magnolias, especially newly planted ones.  They don't really like being pruned but you are best doing it now rather than a few years down the line if it needs shaping.  More here from the RHS:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=599

 

Manure-Lime-BFB-Gypsum-Green manure

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 13:02

BFB lasts about 6 months.  Sprinkle some every year in spring and again in late summer.  Lime is added when needed to correct acidity but on a veg plot on naturally acidic soil is usually repeated every 3 years precisely following crop rotation so that brassicas are grown in the freshly limed ground.  Gypsum can be used to help break down clay so is a one-off treatment.  Any type of manure should be replenished as a mulch once a year (usually in late autumn) and doing this will gradually improve soil structure.

mandarin tree

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 12:50

Not really but citrus trees are a bit fussy and sometimes drop leaves when they have a bit of a shock such as when being repotted or moved.  They also don't like being over-watered so don't water until the top of the compost is dry.  Once settled in they normally regrow any lost leaves.  Some good tips here:

http://www.fruitexpert.co.uk/orangetrees.html

 

tomato woes

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 19:47

Did you use a different compost, perhaps one which was much richer than usual?  Too much food before flowering is often the reason for this type of growth.

symbols for emotions

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 19:36
LesleyK wrote (see)

Wait till Fairy gets you Bob.  Run now


 

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