Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Cutting ID

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 16:56

Aha, I think you're onto something there nut!  I do indeed remember cutting back a callicarpa and would no doubt have used the offcuts as cuttings!

Cutting ID

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 16:36

Hi all, I took several cuttings about 18 months ago and thought they were of my Philadelphus 'virginal' but they have unexpectedly flowered in their pots and the flowers look nothing like the shrub I thought I'd taken them from!  Any idea what they could be?  I have a few Virburnums but they don't really look like any of those either.  I have 5 pots all the same so it's not an interloper!

Last edited: 11 July 2016 16:37:19

Cos Lettuce

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 15:26

It's all down to the variety and growing conditions.  Cos is a type (more properly called 'romaine'.)  Grow them in rich soil which never dries out (which will cause bolting.)  The faster you can make them grow, the better they will be.  Sow a few every two weeks so you have a constant supply.

Morning Glory

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 15:11

Yep, they are relatively late flowerers but once they get going they can be magnificent.


Posted: 11/07/2016 at 14:45

Sarah, if you find you can't stop them falling apart before they are actually cooked you can steam them.  Not many folk use pressure cookers these days (they seem to have fallen from fashion) but they are still the best way of cooking fresh veg.  Potatoes done in about 5 minutes and no falling apart, no matter what variety.

Morning Glory

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 13:48

I would sheps.  That will encourage them to produce side shoots further down.

Pear Tree leaves

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 13:38

All 4 of my young pear trees are badly affected James and one has it on every leaf like yours.  On that tree, I'm going to try using scissors to cut the affected part of each leaf off (if the spots are near the tip) and will remove the whole leaf if the spots are near the base.  That way there will at least be some leaf area left.  It's important to remove them before the underneath starts producing a lumpy growth as it is that which releases more spores.

As I have no young pears growing, I'm tempted to also spray with a fungicide although those shouldn't be used on edible crops but I would hope the chemicals would be gone by next spring..

Last edited: 11 July 2016 13:39:43

Pear Tree leaves

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 12:36

Pear rust and there's a lot of it about this year.  Pick off all affected leaves and burn them or put them in your black rubbish bin.  See the RHS advice for more info.:

Planting in galvanised water troughs or not?

Posted: 10/07/2016 at 23:00

Plenty of Zinc planters for sale and galvanising is a form of Zinc plating so also think there is nothing to worry about.  Galvanised tanks are commonly found in house drinking water supplies. 


Posted: 10/07/2016 at 22:51

Montana need sunshine to flower so may have been too shady under the bush.  Could it have been cut back too?  They only flower on old wood,

Last edited: 10 July 2016 22:52:33

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