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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 14:51

Quite excited today as new greenhouse is being delivered tomorrow!  Went for a Rhino premium 8 x 12 after much deliberation.  It's replacing a 4m x 2m polytunnel which hasn't performed as well as I would have liked (the type with the green string woven into the cover.)  Need to erect it PDQ as my other greenhouse is completely packed & overflowing with tender plants.

Fish tank water??

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 14:33

It'll be fine and, as you say, may have few nutrients in it too.

Seedling identities

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 14:14

Not sure about 1 but the rest are various sorts of poppy.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 14:11

Overnight and morning rain here GD, but really needed it badly - the recent rain kept missing my area.
It stopped for a couple of hours earlier this afternoon so I managed to get my slug nematodes watered in which have been sitting in the fridge for a few days as the ground was dry as a bone.  It's just started spotting again, so that will help the nematodes get to work.

I did wonder what the neighbours thought though, seeing me take 20 trips with the watering can to an already drenched garden!   "Look - Mad Old Bob is watering his garden.. in the rain!"

Last edited: 29 May 2017 14:12:14

Covering Horizontal drainage pipes

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 12:51

My first idea was a bridge, too, Dove!

Covering Horizontal drainage pipes

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 12:45

I've fixed the orientation on your photo, pinchie.:

I wouldn't be please with that pipework either - looks like a bit of a bodge job.  Do you know what services the pipe is carrying?  All I can come up with is hiding it under an old log, which would at least look more natural.

Clematis Avalanche question

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 12:08

Are you sure it's frost hardy?  I had a Cartmanii Joe which looked similar but I had to keep it in the conservatory over winter.  I forgot to bring it in early enough one year and it lost all of its leaves but did eventually recover (until it was killed by a scale infestation.)

5 fruits grafted on 1tree - Your opinion & advice??

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 12:03

Hi Papi Jo, I had to go through a lot of photos but as it's raining right now I quite enjoyed looking at pictures of my garden over the last few years!

I don't seem to have taken many useful photos showing the fruit but the blossom one is quite good:

Category name for aquilegia without 'spurs'

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 10:39

'Clematis flowered aquilegia' is what I think you are looking for, soulboy.  'Aquilegia clematiflora'.

Last edited: 29 May 2017 10:43:10

What is on my apple tree and what should I do?

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 10:33

I'm just guessing without the photo but the most likely is aphids which are being 'farmed' by ants.  The ants feed off of the sugary honeydew which aphids excrete and carry the young aphids to fresh new growth, as well as protecting them from predators like ladybirds.  You can blast the aphids off with a spray attachment on a hose but the ants will simply bring more, so you need to prevent the ants from climbing the trunk.  That can be achieved by fitting a 'fruit tree grease band' (google it) around the trunk.

Last edited: 29 May 2017 10:35:23

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