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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

No plum blossom

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 22:22

My 'Lizzie' plum produced hundreds 2 years ago, but the late cold spell last year (which arrived when it was in full bloom) resulted in just a handful of fruit.  It has blossomed massively this year but I can't really tell yet if much fruit has set.  As most of you have Victoria, I expect each variety behaves differently with respect to the unusual weather patterns during the last couple of years. 

Where to start! Planning new borders, complete garden novice.

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 21:00

Also avoid any plants which require acid conditions as you are on chalk.

New arrival

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 20:57

If the roots were fat and white, it probably is agapanthus as KEF says. 

Need help/advice for taking and growing cuttings of neighbours acer tree please

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 20:45

I couldn't find an acer called 'full moon' (there is a flowering dogwood though), but there are several Japanese acers with 'moon' in the name (eg Acer palmatum 'Moonfire', Acer shirasawanum 'Autumn Moon'.) Assuming it is a Japanese acer, the RHS recommends taking softwood cuttings to propagate:

The other thing to try is buying a cheap acer from a supermarket etc and grafting.


slug and snail control

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 20:54

Nematodes (only kill slugs) and organic wildlife friendly slug pellets for both the snails and slugs.  Excellent results.  I don't know why more folk don't use the organic pellets.

bleeding yew trees

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 19:36

Hi Wildflower, it's not uncommon, so nothing to worry about.  Do a google search for 'bleeding yew' for some interesting reading - "The Bleeding Yew of Nevern" is a well known one.

Shrub identification

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 19:25

Hi Heather, it looks like a Hazel to me.

No blossom or magnolia flowers

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 18:55

Hi Paddy, many shrubs and trees will concentrate on growing new roots and branches when transplanted into soil which is richer than they were used to.  If you are feeding it, I would stop until it starts flowering again, or only give it a bit of sulphate of potash.  I would only water it with rainwater as they prefer acid conditions and some tap water is too limey.

Fruit Tree

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 18:36

Hi Gwen, check the underneath of the leaves as aphids will make them curl. 

Sawfly and willow trees

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 18:33

The adult soloman's seal sawfly is quite attractive - completely black with black wings - reminds me of a stealth fighter.  It's a pity the larvae are so damaging - they make a right mess of my clumps every year.

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