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Angelica gigas

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 14:58

I wondered what had happened to you too - noticed you were missing from the plant ID threads!  I'm also due to change ISP so thanks for the heads-up. Sorry, can't answer your Q though - did a google and didn't realise how many forms there were - the scandinavian ones that survive -40C were a surprise - always thought of it as a 'mediterranean' plant.

Unknown bobbly plant

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 13:10

I think they are quite attractive and let them grow in certain wilder areas of my garden but they do spread like mad, particularly if you let the berries go soft and fall off or if the berries get into the compost heap - then hundreds will come up!

Olive Trees

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 11:24

It sounds very much like Woolly aphid, Catherine.  These are aphids which exude a white waxy substance to protect themselves.  You can gently scrub them off using some soapy water and a small brush or rag.  Some folk also use a cotton bud dipped in methylated spirit to kill and remove them.  Woolly aphid itself doesn't cause much harm, but left untreated other diseases can develop around the damaged areas.

Grape vine

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 11:14

Is it planted in the ground or in a pot, Marjorie?

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 23:52

Bit too hot here to take the pick-axe to the crazy paving, so did some weeding and general inspection work (ie pottering!)  Later on I started watering and had a problem with my waterworks (something I expect i'll have to get used to now I'm past my prime! )  Had to replace a section of pipe connecting to the garden tap - just got it done in time to water the GH before it went dark - the toms really needed it!


Posted: 07/07/2013 at 23:36

By the time they stop flowering the lowermost seed pods are usually ripe and starting to split open (each pod contains hundreds of seeds), so I don't think you need to worry that they won't ripen.


Drainage problem

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 23:30

The French drain sounds like a plan to me.  Good idea to use the landscape fabric to stop it silting up.  If you can unblock and re-use the existing pipes at the bottom, all the better.

Posh seed or weed?

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 23:18

Heheh - it was just the best image I could find!

Posh seed or weed?

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 22:59

I'm pretty sure that's the weed known as 'fat hen'.  Don't let it seed as it produces 20,000 seeds per plant - if it did come in the compost that might explain why!  See here:

good general weed identification page:

Cayenne Peppers - Pot Size

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 15:41

Andy, if you have enough peppers growing on the plants at their current size you could leave them be but potting-on to a larger size pot will allow the plants to keep growing in size and produce more flowers (plus they will need less watering and feeding.)  One thing to bear in mind is that if they happen to accidentally dry out for a short period, they are likely to drop all the flowers and may be reluctant to start folwering again.

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