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What's been your best garden freebie?

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 17:40

One of the major suppliers sent me a Magnolia tree with a nice apology letter and a voucher.  I didn't order it and as I knew it wouldn't survive the return journey intact, I had to plant and keep it (purely for the health of the tree, you understand!)

Kind of makes up for the rather poor service I have had from them in previous years..

Talkback: The best crops for flavour

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 19:03

For a red version of the extremely flavoursome Sungold (which are orange) cherry tomatoes, I have not found anything to beat Suncherry Premium (F1).  They are slightly small than Gardener's Delight but are less prone to splitting and seem to have better disease resistance.  The downside is that the seeds are rather expensive from some of the well-known suppliers (one charges the equivalent of over 60p each!) so worth shopping around.  I usually grow about 10 varieties every year and am always trying different varieties but Sungold and Suncherry are permanently on my 'definites' list.

Yellow poppy - is it Icelandic poppy?

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 18:58

I agree Forester - all of my welsh poppies (and there are hundreds!) are single and that one looks semi-double so likely a cross etc.  Worth keeping and seeing what the seeds produce. 80% of mine are yellow with the rest orange.

white mouse

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 18:58

As far as I can tell from the photo's, the white one has pink eyes which would point to it being a true albino (which have no colouration at all, anywhere on their body, due to a genetic aberration.)

Can a pear tree recover from rust?

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 18:45

Pear rust can't complete it's life-cycle without overwintering on other plants, specifically junipers.  If you have a juniper nearby, you could consider removing it which may help.  Having said that, a severe infection can result in cankers on the pear tree within which the rust will survive, so also check for any canker affected areas and prune them out.  More here:



Posted: 17/09/2014 at 18:38

Hi Pinkpeony, it sounds like you have done everything right, assuming you also watered them regularly without overdoing it?

The issue may very well be due to the disease box blight which is now extremely common and, if so, there's little you can do about it unfortunately.  Have a look at this RHS link to see if the symptoms match:


Cauliflowers problems

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 18:42

They do that in hot weather and/or if you lave them a bit too long after they are ready.  You can eat them though - it's not a disease.

A Fountain question!

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 23:05

Shame to have to buy extra bits though!  Sounds like you have another digging job on the cards for the sump - I remember your effort on the pond!

A Fountain question!

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 22:53

Sounds perfect - drill a hole in the bung to suit the diameter of whatever hose you can find to fit the pump (sounds like 1/2".)  Drilling rubber is easier said than done though!

You could also seal it in using silicone sealant which might be easier - shove a few inches of hose in, squirt some sealant all around the gap between hose and hole and wait a day for it to set.

A Fountain question!

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 22:36

Does the sphere have just a hole bored in it or is there some sort of connection at the bottom?  If the former, you need to seal the end of the hose from the pump into the hole at the bottom so water can only come out of the top.  I would have thought it would have a kind of bung for that.  If the latter, can you take a photo of the connection?

I'm assuming it is a low-power pump which is submerged in a sump below the ball and only has enough power so that water runs gently out of the hole at the top and down the outside of the sphere.  If it is meant to shoot water up to some height out of the top of the sphere, it won't need to be sealed at the bottom and you can just shove the hose up the hole so it is a few inches below the hole at the top.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener


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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

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Lovely surprise

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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Polytunnel growing 
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