BobTheGardener


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Rampant pear leaf blister mite

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 10:20

By the way, the sunken bark looks like canker, another common disease affected pears.  You should prune out all affected sections.

Cooking potatoes

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 10:10

A common problem and thought to be down to growing conditions.  Some varieties are affected more than others.  What type did you grow?

Rampant pear leaf blister mite

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 10:06

Sorry, but it is indeed Pear Rust.  Those growths below the orange spots are the spore producing pustules.


http://www.orangepippintrees.co.uk/fruit-tree-problems/pear-rust


This fungal disease needs two hosts - pears and junipers.  See the link above for more information.  There are no chemicals available for treatment and the best approach is a combination of removing nearby junipers and picking off affected leaves on the pear as soon as you see an orange spot appear.


This topic comes up regularly and you can use the forum search to find previous advice.


It has been a particularly bad year for this problem and all of my pear trees have been affected.

What is this tree?

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 21:20

I think it's a crab-apple.  Some of them have small berry sized fruit.  Golden Hornet is one which might fit the bill.

Last edited: 25 October 2016 21:22:16

Native or Non Native ?

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 19:01

This is probably what you are looking for Philippa:


http://www.webmesh.co.uk/nativetrees.htm

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 17:34

I'll kick-off with a couple of photos of my blueberry patch.  They are worth growing just for the autumn leaf colour!


Please can you identify this plant?

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 15:00

There are a lot of them.  Have a browse through this site to see if you can spot a match:


http://www.drought-smart-plants.com/sempervivum-picture-gallery.html

Weed identification

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 13:20

Looks like creeping wood sorrel (oxalis corniculata.)  Almost impossible to get rid of and digging the roots out is your best bet.  Once it gets into cracks in paving etc., you're pretty much stuck with it.

Truffels or just fungi?

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 16:13

They look like truffles to me.  Try to find a mycology club near you - google 'mycology club' and add your nearest city.

Slimy Fungus on gravel

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 16:08

This may help Judy:


http://naturesnurtureblog.com/ttt-turn-baking-soda-into-washing-soda/


Look for 'soda ash' or 'sodium carbonate'.  If you can't find any, the link above tells you how to turn baking soda (widely available anywhere) into it.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

 
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Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Hoglet!

Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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