BobTheGardener


Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Huge wiry tree

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 19:01

I think you're right nut.  It is a monster, whatever it is - could be anything under there!


Here's a barn under a montana:


http://www.gapphotos.com/imagedetails.asp?view=old-barn-with-very-large-clematis-montana-var-rubens-agm-clambering-over--choppyns-barn-chignal-essex--&imageno=51848

Huge wiry tree

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 18:54

I'm wondering if it's a huuugggeee clematis montana which has completely swamped some other tree?

Leaf Damage, What is Wrong With this Plant?

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 18:37

It's the grubs in the soil you really need to worry about as they often eat the roots away completely, resulting in the plant getting sicker and sicker and eventually dying.

Leaf Damage, What is Wrong With this Plant?

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 18:19

The notched edges are typical of adult vine weevil damage.  They are nocturnal so only come out at night but are excellent climbers and spend the day in leaf litter or often onderneath pots.  Horrible looking things, too.  Of more concern is if adults are present, then there will almost certainly be grubs in the soil which eat plant roots.  If you don't mind using pesticides, 'vine weevil killer 2' may still be available otherwise watering in 'vine weevil killer nematodes' is the only other solution that I'm aware of.

Birds and cherry tree

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 18:12

I have dwarf cherry trees so am able to net them but for a large tree I think one realistic option would be a bird scarer, such as a fake hawk placed somewhere high in the tree or close by.  You would only need it up for a few weeks each year (they would probably get used to it if left up all the time) so you wouldn't scare birds away for the rest of the time.


Google "decoy bird of prey" for examples.

White Fungus on fibre pots

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 12:40

This often happens and is nothing to worry about as it won't affect the plants.

Agapanthus

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 18:42

Just shows the difference a hundred or so miles further north makes Hosta - my deciduous ones (in Leics) are just tentatively beginning to poke their first leaves above ground in the border.

Trying to find what animal is visiting my garden

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 17:22

I've found the manual online for that model Philippa.  Check that you have the motion sensor set to 'high' and aim the camera at an angle towards the ground so that it has a better chance of catching the hogs moving.  Also set the 'shot lag' to the minimum of 5s.

Last edited: 25 March 2017 17:22:49

I hate vine weevils!

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 17:00

You are safe, those are indeed maggots of some fly (might even be a goodie) and not vine weevil grubs, which have a distinctive C shape when disturbed like that.

Can this rosemary be revived with a hard prune?

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 13:24

Cutting back to healthy looking new shoots would be ideal but as long as there is live growth you should be ok.  Definitely take cuttings as insurance - root them in gritty compost which is kept damp but never allowed to get too wet or dry out and you should be OK.  Also try rooting a few cuttings in water (change every day or two and keep out of direct sun) as some folk have more success doing that before potting into gritty compost.


Edit: yes, removing and replacing the top layer of compost and feeding will help, but watch the watering as the roots can rot if kept too wet.

Last edited: 25 March 2017 13:26:59

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