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Photo test thread only...

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 23:37

Yay!  No need to do anything with photos from this camera (CanonA560), unlike my other one, so I'll use this from now on.

Photo test thread only...

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 23:35

Testing full res 3072x2304



Oh dear! What's going wrong with my toms?

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 23:21

What variety of tomato are the plants, Herby Lou?

oriental lily

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 20:18

Hi Peter, those small stems are from bulbils, which are new baby lily bulbs which have developed on the side of the main bulbs.  Next spring, before the lilies are showing shoots, you can tip the pot out, separate the young bulbs and grow them on in another pot.  In a few years they will flower just like their parents.  Alternatively, you can just leave them be and they will eventually grow into a large clump, but it would be better to plant the whole lot into (ideally) the ground, or a larger pot if you want to do that as they will eventually starve if kept in the same pot when they have used up all of the nutrients and space.

Standard Solanum rantonnetii

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 14:52

Yes, prune the dead wood out now Sally, while it's easy to see and get at.  They flower on new wood, so you should still get some flowers this year.

neighbours fence

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 14:42

What you can do, even if the neighbours don't want you growing things on their fence or you don't want to ask, is erect a free-standing trellis right up against it and grow things up that.  A trellis looks much better than a bare fence in winter when your climbers have gone to sleep, too.  It's very easy to do - just drive in a 6 foot long 2" x 2" stake every 6 feet and use 6 foot long trellis panels (or expanding trellis packs), screwing it to the stakes.  Treat it with a fence treatment before planting and you won't have to maintain it for at least 5 years.

Problem Plants

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 23:40

I'm pretty sure the dahlia damage is slugs/snails as I think you already suspect.  The dogwood might be the same, but could also be caterpillar damage - have a good look and see if you can find any leaves which have been folded and/or stuck together with what looks like a small amount of cotton wool - that's how many caterpillars make little protective homes.  The fuchsia looks as though it has been affected by the cold but should recover.  The agapanthus could be the same - some are more susceptible to cold than others, but also worth checking for vine weevils with those two.  There are several diseases of laurel which cause brown spots, but they usually recover.  I would remove the worst affected leaves though.

Pesky mushrooms...

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 23:21

Definitely don't risk eating them!  Fungi are terribly difficult to identify accurately and even experts are extremely wary.  Any chance of uploading a photo?  I'd love to see what you have.

Advise please

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 20:53

One thing most herbs love is well-drained soil.  What type of soil do you have in the garden?  I have clay which doesn't really suit them, so I grow my herbs in raised beds which works wonderfully well.

Annoying Miracle-Gro advert

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 19:36

I use internet explorer 9 and don't see adverts like that as I have added both adblock and tracking protection, which is built-in to IE9.  See this Microsoft page:

The best advert blocker and tracking protections lists are by 'fanboy' from New Zealand, in my opinion.  Google "fanboy adblock tpl" to find it.  Then click on each "Add tpl" and follow the simple instructions.  They can easily be undone by using Tools, Manage Add-ons,Tracking Protection.

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