Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Are my chilli plants ready to pot up?

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 14:08

Yes, they are ready to be potted on.  I would put them into 20cm pots now.  Chillies don't need a rich compost so you'll be fine using what you have.

Is my dogwood shrub dying/dead?

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 17:14

The things on the trunk are scale insects and while not usually fatal do weaken a tree.  However, I think the tree is either dead or dying and the best bet would be to remove and replace it.  They live from 20 to 80 years, so it may be near the end of its life.  You could leave it and cut it to the ground in winter.  If the roots are alive it will send up new shoots as do all good dogwoods.  That pale shoot near the base could be one, so you could cut it down now and leave that to see if it grows.

A stranger in our midst

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 16:54

Yes it is Halyzia sedecimguttata, the Orange ladybird.

There are lots of types - have a look here:

Potato Seeds?

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 16:50

You could sow the seeds but you would probably only get one small potato.  If you kept that, you could plant it the next year and get a few more, keep those and plant them the year after and you would get a crop but it may be nothing like the original potato which produced the seed.  This is how new varieties are bred.

However, for anyone other than a breeder this is just a waste of time and it's best to remove the fruit (which are poisonous) as soon as you see them so the plant can put its energy into producing tubers instead of seed.

Last edited: 17 July 2017 16:51:14

Magnolia Bush Leaf problem

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 15:13

I agree with Pete - looks like a pest rather than a disease.  If not slug/snails then possibly leaf miners or small caterpillars.

Not so sweet Williams ....

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 14:38

Yes, they're biennials but if they don't grow large enough in their first year because of late sowing or poor weather they need an extra year before flowering.  The ones you sowed in May this year should flower next year as they will have had a long enough growing season this year.

Last edited: 17 July 2017 14:39:01

Weird Weeds

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 13:48

Difficult to say without a close-up but looks like creeping cinquefoil (Potentilla reptans.)  Difficult to eradicate.  You may need to resort to a weedkiller designed for use on lawns.

Last edited: 17 July 2017 13:48:52

Mystery plant

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 11:47

The 3-lobed seed pods are typical for euphorbias so I think it's Caper Spurge (Euphorbia lathyris) or a cross between that and another euphorbia as caper spurge usually has the seed capsules at the top rather than along the length of the stems.
Edit just found a pic wth pods along the stems:

Last edited: 17 July 2017 11:50:23

Filling border on a budget

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 17:12

Hi Adey, I've used those size plugs before from T&M and they are too small to risk planting out but are OK if you plant them in 9cm pots and grow them on until they are larger.  Some will grow enough to plant in autumn but many would be best overwintered in their pots and planted in spring.  The delphiniums in particular should be potted-on at least twice (9cm then 15cm) and protected from slugs, overwintered and planted in spring.  Molluscs love them so you need to keep an eye on them until they are a foot or more tall.  Good luck and as long as you give them plenty of TLC they should all flower next year.

Lots of perennial seeds can be sown now but the attrition rate over winter is normally pretty high so, again, TLC will be required.

What is this on my grapes?

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 16:18

Open an untouched grape and have a look inside. I think those are grape seeds being exposed by something which is eating holes in your tiny young grapes.. The most likely culprit is snails.

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