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Diseased Plant

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 00:27

Looks like 'shot hole' which can be caused by either a fungus or a bacteria.  It is not serious for the health of the plant and is due to the weather - damp conditions.  The laurel should get over it as conditions improve, but as it is looking very sorry for itself, spraying with a general fungicide might be a good idea.  The RHS advice is here:

http://rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=568

 

Lovely surprise

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 22:39

Hi all,

I forgot to pick some strawberries this evening, so had to nip out at 10pm.

While hunting for ripe ones in what was left of the light, I came across someone else having a snack:


There used to be hedgehogs in my garden but I've not heard them snuffling or seen one for about 3 years, so it's great that they're back!

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 16:50

The General (Sikorski) is showing its medals off today!


whats happened to my lily?

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 16:44

One of my delphiniums fasciated this year.  It bent back upon itself but has many more flowers than the one you can see just to the left, behind it.  BTW, the white flower spike by the trellis in the background it an 8-9ft tall foxglove!


mis-shapen raspberries

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 16:29

Yes, I find that on my Autumn Bliss if I treat them that way.  I wouldn't to it to my Polka as I love the big fruits they produce - yum!

poorly clematis

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 16:24

Slugs and snails sometimes scrape the outer part of the stems off near the base and can kill the whole stem this way.  The other possibility is that the pot was allowed to dry out in which case it may be dead, unfortunately.  All you can do is cut the affected stems off just below soil level and wait.  If you are lucky, fresh growth will appear from the roots but be sure to protect this in case molluscs are still around as they'll gobble it up overnight.  The good news is that it isn't clematis wilt as that starts at the tips and works it's way down.

Edit: just saw Dove's post - fully agree - they need large, deep and cool pots.

mis-shapen raspberries

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 16:16

I think the reason Dove asks is that If you leave unfruited canes when you cut back primocanes like Polka, the uncut canes will fruit very early the next year and the new canes which emerge in Spring will fruit at the normal time in Autumn.  It's probably not the best way to treat them though as, overall, the crop will be lower.  It's a good method if you only have room for one type of raspberry though.

Poorly Courgettes

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 16:10

It's always a combination of things KEF - your advice was sound and removing the flower when it dies is good hygiene and will help prevent them rotting from the tip.

All we can ever do is try and mollycoddle things in ways which suit them best but some plants seem to have an inbuilt 'suicide' gene!

Poorly Courgettes

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 14:51

When 'poor' pollination is mentioned in this context, it often means only partial pollination has occurred.  Each seed in multi-seeded fruits like courgettes, strawberries, sweetcorn etc needs to be pollinated.  If only a few of them are in an individual fruit, you can get effects like distorted strawberries, corn with many undeveloped kernels on the cob and oddly shaped members of the cucumber family.  Often the plant will shed such fruit.

Grapes.

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 13:08

Please see my reply to the other current thread on grapes:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/problem-solving/grape-problems/385295.html

 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Don't think netting will work 
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Replace or cut back hard? 
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Drought

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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42
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