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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Wisteria pruning question

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 21:55

Give it the 'Summer prune' now, it can only help.  There is still a bit of growing time left given the current weather and doing this may well help to produce a few extra flower buds.

Recommendations for a 9ft high living, thin, hedge near a house

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 20:03

Personally, I'd go with artjak's suggestion and add trellis to the top of the fence and grow clematis and/or other climbers up it.  That would probably be the quickest 'fix'.

Sickly looking sedum

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 19:56

I think all you can do is give it some tlc.  Once the flowers have gone over, cut the flower stems back to save it wasting energy making seeds (which might finish it off.)  In the Spring, I would consider moving it to a different part of the garden just in case it doesn't like the soil where it is currently planted.  They don't really like a very rich soil so adding farm yard manure is unlikely to help.

Can anyone name this plant?

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 20:32

I agree, looks like Spiraea douglasii.

English Bluebells

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 19:47

It's fine to plant bulbs or seeds as they won't somehow transform into Spanish ones, but any seeds produced after they flower will likely be crosses.  So, after they have flowered simply cut off the dying flowers before the seed pods form.  Once you have dug-up all of the Spanish ones you can let the English ones self-seed to increase but be aware that if nearby (or even quite far away - bees fly a looooong way) gardens have Spanish bluebells there is still a good chance that any seeds produced may be crosses.  The bulbs will naturally divide anyway so to be sure of retaining only English bluebells, never let them form seeds.

unknown plant 2nd attempt

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 21:52

 It may be Lemon balm if you rub a leaf and it smells of lemon.


Aerating the lawn - fab old tool...

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 18:25

Snap Dove and I agree, it is hard work!

Aerating the lawn - fab old tool...

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 18:20

You need to stand on the bottom bar and use your weight to get the tines to go in as far as possible - at least 4 inches.  If you aren't heavy enough or the lawn is really dry and/or compacted, you could either wait until the lawn gets softer after a decent amount of rain or ask someone a bit heavier to help you out!

Potato berry???

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 17:24

Yes, it is a potato fruit.  Potatoes are closely related to tomatoes hence the similar looking fruit.  They are very poisonous so don't be tempted to eat one!

The seeds can be collected and grown - this is how new varieties are produced although it is a long process as plants grown from seeds will likely only produce one or two small tubers which would be replanted the next season.  Rinse, repeat and after several years you have enough tubers to grow a reasonable crop.

Can you identify this for me please?

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 15:57

Potatoes grow tubers from the stem if those are buried (or partially so) and tubers turn green then purple on exposure to sunlight.  I think that's what has happened here.

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