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I've never seen this before

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 18:58

Lovely photo!  It can happen if the inside gets wet (eg because of heavy rain.)  Found another image online:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisjaz/6760181479/

 

Lemon tree

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 18:53

That sounds like it could be chlorosis.  It can be caused by something as simple as overwatering, or a pH imbalance in the potting mixture.  See the Wiki which gives some causes and advice:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorosis

and some from the RHS:

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/Profile.aspx?pid=772

All of the leaves turned yellow and fell off of my orange tree once but they grew back after I repotted it.

Weather Forecasting? Don't get me started

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 18:43
Berghill wrote (see)

What really annoys me is when I watch  a forecast and it shows the latest Satellite picture of us with no clouds, yet outside it is raining and as black as.......wherever is very black.

 

Look for 'infra red' satellite images - these are much better at showing cloud:

http://www.sat24.com/en/gb?ir=true

 

 

Who lives in a microclimate?

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 18:37

Yes, all gardens have their own microclimate unless they are identical in all respects to the one next door.  Simply having a fence or hedge in a different place (eg West rather than East facing) will create conditions (eg shelter from prevailing wind) different enough that the same plant may survive in one but not in the other.

What I love about winter in the garden

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 15:04

I also love wandering around during Winter looking for signs of life.  Some things I regularly check are the clematis in mind of pruning in February - sometimes the buds get going a bit early during a mild period and then get killed by frost so they need pruning differently to the original 'plan'.  Noticed a few snowdrops just peeking above the soil while planting some bulbs yesterday (as well as a few Honey fungus rhizomes in new areas - grr!)  Lots of cyclamen hederifolium in places I didn't plant them - clearly spread by seed which have a high germination rate in my garden.  Looking forward to post solstice - always feel better in myself when the days start lengthening.  At the moment I can only get out in the garden at weekends and I'm not an early riser, so the light is gone before I get much done.

What ate my pumpkin?

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 14:42

If an old badger had lost both its upper and lower canines, those toothmarks would fit but I do think that's unlikely!  Are there similar marks on the inside (probably difficult to tell)?  If there is a squashed flat section instead, then it just might be deer (which have no upper teeth, just a boney plate.)  I'm with Dove though and if I was a gambing man, my money would be on humans, probably inebriated ones at that.

Winter Squash

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 13:01

Hi Sean, Squash are greedy feeders so adding well-rotted manure (or any good general purpose fertiliser) to the planting position will really help them to grow well.  Don't use fresh manure though - compost that first.  I can't answer the other questions.

Plant identification

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 20:28

That might work Gardenmaiden, particuarly the yellow one.  I noticed a Mahonia in the background of the photo in the original post - another plant on my wish list!

Need help. Something eating all my plants

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 20:20

When digging up some potatoes today, I found an earwig about 4 inches down in the soil in a little 'pocket' it had made for itself.  I assume t was a female overwintering, ready to lay it's eggs in the Spring.

rasp/gooseberry and fruit trees

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 18:07

Snap!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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They're about now! 
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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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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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