BobTheGardener


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Whats wrong with my magnolia

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 16:20

Some of mine look like that after catching a late frost but they do recover.  I don't like the look of the black spots though so the frost damage may have let in a disease like a fungus.  I would give it a spray with a general fungicide such as the ones used for roses and keep your fingers crossed.

Plant ID for this bonsai please.

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 16:10

Looking at those flowers my best guess would be some form of witch hazel but as those usually produce flowers before the leaves appear, it probably isn't.

Edit: Looks like the Chinese forms do have flowers and leaves at the same time.  Look up Hamamelidaceae Loropetalum Chinense Shang-white (which is evergreen.)

Non creative imagination

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 14:59

The easiest way to make a curve is to lay a hosepipe around the area and use a spade to follow the shape.

cosmos seed colours

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 14:40

They grow them in isolation Sanjy, so that they are only pollinated by other white ones, something we can't do at home because of those naughty bees!

However, I've had the odd pink and pink-edged ones grow from commercial 'white' seeds.

advice on a plant

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 14:33

Keep it well watered (a good soaking once a week) for the rest of this summer and autumn so that it grows a good root system.  If in a pot/container then it might need watering twice a week in hot weather.  In late autumn or early spring, prune it to keep a good shape and completely cut out any shoots which are not variagated or those will take over.

ID this plant

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 14:24

From the leaf and flower shape I would say it is certainly some kind of Sage.  Agree that a photo of the complete plant would help identify it further.

weather warning

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 18:41

Hooray, it started here just as I left work at about 6pm.  I don't mind getting a bit wet if the garden gets what it needs!

foxglove fasciation 2 new plants have grown

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 23:59

Now that the trait is being continued in new plants germinated from the seed of the original plant, it is clearly an inherited genetic mutation rather than just fasciation (which can be caused by various types of cell damage.)

It would probably take a long time to try and get a stable form which would consistently show the trait from a large proportion of the seed as foxgloves are so promiscuous, but if you could isolate them so that those two plants only pollinated each other and then found a large proportion of the resulting seeds grew the same way, you may have created a new subspecies.

Plant ID?

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 18:33

Black Bryony (Dioscorea communis) I think, Innewhambo.

Geraniums

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 19:27

Sounds like powdery mildew.  That thrives when there is poor air-flow, so if they are very close together try separating them so they get a bit more air circulation around them.  Growing in shade tends to make it worse, too. 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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