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greenhouse shelves

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 23:46

If the shelving attaches using aluminium nuts and bolts which need to be slid down the slots in the glazing bars, then technically, yes.  However, some bright spark invented cropped head bolts many years ago which can be placed in the slot and twisted to lock in place, meaning disassembly of your GH is unnecessary.  This is an example:

http://www.greenhousepeople.co.uk/products/309/25x-10mm-cropped-head-bolts/

 

Can I plant my Lilies?

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 18:35

They look like "Stargazer" Becky, in case you wanted to know or look them up.

Magnolias spots

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 21:20

Hi Alan, looks like a fungal spot problem, probably caused by wet weather.  Try giving it a spray with Westland Plant Rescue Fungus Control every couple of weeks and remove any fallen leaves (and perhaps the worst affected ones, too.)  Magnolias prefer slightly acid soil, so an ericaceous feed might help a bit, too.  Older trees would probably not be too bothered by it, but as it looks like a young one, it might need a bit of help if, as you say, the whole tree is affected.

Lost garden tools

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 19:00

Someone needs to invent cheap electronic tags for tools so we can use a smart phone etc to find them (assuming we can find the phone, that is!)

Wight/brown blobs on hydrangea

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 18:56

Yes, definitely scale insects and almost certainly the one P&P mentions above.  RHS treatment advice here:

http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=557

 

Well worth looking at.

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 22:57

Excellent.  In a similar vein Mike, this one shows how many forests only exist because of salmon and bears:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140218-salmon-fertilising-the-forests

 

What is it?

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 22:50

Foxglove it was then.   That's a nice unspotted white form - I'd be collecting seed from that one - with a bit of luck you may get more of the same.

Yellow Flowers and Little Black Bettle Things

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 22:43

Are they tiny black beetles?  If so, almost certainly Pollen Beetle and all the British species are harmless:

http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=799

 

white jumpy things in indoor plant pot

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 21:52

The compost looks too damp, too, which encourages them.  Covering the top of the compost with a layer of fine grit helps as the flies cannot then lay their eggs and it also means a bit less watering is necessary.  Not sure about the 'dust' which looks like the dried carcases of another bug, possibly aphids - the insecticide will kill them, too. 

Heuchera 'Lime Marmalade' help!

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 21:41

I agree with Verdun and in my garden, the lighter the colour, the more shady the planting position.  My yellow ones do well and get much less sunlight than yours, Lloyd - east facing, sun gone by 11am.  I've found a real 'good doer' is Key Lime Pie in clay soil.

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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

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