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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Peony Tree

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 18:00

Heheh, Tina - I'm like that too - this Bob flourishes only in a very narrow range of temperatures!

Pear tree

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 17:55

Hi preksha, that is Pear Rust and all you can do is inspect the tree regularly and remove any leaves which have the orange spots.  According to the RHS there is no chemical control, unfortunately.

Lots of us had no apples last year.  It was due to lack of bees to pollinate them.  The early heatwave we had encouraged the trees to flower, but then it went cold and the bees stayed at home.  You can try hand-pollinating them using a small, soft paintbrush etc (a makeup brush works well.)  This will only work if you have self-pollinating apples, or if you have more than one tree in blossom, in which case keep going from tree to tree to try and get a mix of pollen on the brush.  

Hellebore flowers

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 17:47

Just found a couple of babies have appeared near my hybrids.

Unfortunately one has decided to come up right in the centre of my favourite aquilegia which is just showing leaves..  Looks like I'll have to dig the whole lot up and try and tease them apart, otherwise it'll have to be a sacrifice!

Peony Tree

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 17:42

Hi Brumbull, planting depth for tree peonies depends on whether they are grown on their own roots, or grafted.  If in doubt, see the RHS advice, here:



Posted: 01/04/2013 at 16:22

No, it shouldn't harm it, but you can delight in the knowledge that any branches pruned at this time of the year will now grow much stronger on her side, thus giving her more of a problem in the future! 

To restrict growth rather than encourage it, most trees are best pruned in late summer.

Peony Tree

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 16:14

I agree with Tom but would add that I always plant tree peonies deep, so that they are at least 6" (15cm) deeper than they were originally planted (judged by looking at the soil mark on the stem if supplied bare-rooted.)

what jobs done over easter.

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 15:11

I've finally sown most of those seeds which don't require a lot of warmth into trays and modules, about a month later than I would normally have done!  Also planted 60 broad beans into small pots in the GH and finally planted tomato seeds into modules in windowsill propagators in the south-facing front room bay (they're usually up in 4 days as it's so warm in there, after which they'll go into the cooler conservatory for a while.)  Hoping that by the time the toms are ready to be transferred from modules to small pots that the weather will have turned and they can grow-on uninterrupted in the GH with maximum light, otherwise I'll have run out of space in the conservatory, which is still full of potted-on perennial plug plants which can't go outside yet as it's too blummin cold (-5.6C at 6am on Sunday morning!)

Well, that's how the "plan" is going so far..

Forget me nots

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 14:35

Like Verdun says, I no longer need to plant forget-me-nots, it's now just a matter of pulling them up from where I don't want them!  I tend to leave them growing everywhere as a kind of ground-cover over the winter, then let them flower in the spring and try to remember to pull them up from where I don't want them, before they set seed.  The foliage has turned a little purple this year after the harsh winter and no sign of flowers yet though.  I'm really looking forward to the drifts of pastel blue that will soon appear.


Posted: 01/04/2013 at 14:18

Hi Jayne, You really need to take it out of the pot and see if the babies have any of their own roots (you will probably need to remove a lot of the soil to see.).  If they do, you could try cutting two or three of them off of the main rootball with a sharp knife (be careful - yuccas 'wood' is very tough!) and pot them up in a 50/50 mixture of sand and compost, keeping them inside until the weather warms up.  This way, you'll still have the main root with one or two of the babies, should the offcuts fail to take.

Greenhouse dwarf wall

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 14:07

Hi gurbian, you mentioned it was a lean-to type and that it's South-facing.  Are you erecting it on the side of your house or other existing wall?  If so, the wall will act as a thermal mass, absorbing heat during the day and releasing it at night, doing the same job as a dwarf wall but better, so I would personally choose glass-to-ground and maximise light.

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