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Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 21:14

I've a couple of those Dove - Frances Rivas and Helsingborg - both 'good doers' and I don't prune either (except removing old dead heads in late Winter, If I get around to it!) 

Plant Identification

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 21:03

First one is Lemon Balm: http://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/melissa-officinalis/2477.html

2nd and last photos are of Centaura Montana: http://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/centaurea-montana/1238.html

 

 

ID Help

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 12:46

Yes, definitely Solomon's seal - mine looks identical at the moment.  Watch out for sawfly which can turn this beautifully architectural plant into a shredded mess in a day though!

White limestone discolour?

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 12:43

Hi BM, unfortunately a combination of shade and damp means that limestone chippings will almost certainly go green, which is caused by a build-up of algae.  Even on my south-facing well drained front garden, where they were sheltered from the worst of the rain by the house walls and eaves, my white Cotswold chippings eventually turned green after a few years.

I wonder if a different material would fare better?  You can get shiny marble white chippings often called "polar white" which might be less porous, so would resist the algae taking hold?  I've never use that though, so it's a bit of a guess.

 

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 22:01

For anyone with an enquiring mind, this (repeat) is just starting on BBC4.  Wonderful programme!

Trailer of top soil

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 21:48

Many suppliers sell it in 'tonne' bags aka builders bags which contain 1 cubic metre.  These are usually delivered by a large truck with a hydraulic crane built on to the back, or sometimes by a large van with a heavy duty trolley, so reasonable access is needed to your property. Google "topsoil tonne bags" and your town/city.

Poorly Pear Tree

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 19:02

Looks a bit like another case of Pear blister mite - see this thread:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/problem-solving/problem-identifying-and-treating-pear-disease/306221.html

 

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 15:57

Cheers Dove!

Compacted soil

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 15:27

Hi Sharpie, using a rotavator could damage the roots of your shrubs etc, some of which are very shallow rooted.  The long-term answer is to mulch your borders with a few inches of compost at least once a year.  Doing this will help keep weeds down and will encourage worms to come to the surface and pull the compost down into the soil.  In effect you are getting the worms to do the digging for you.  For now I would break up the surface as best you can by forking over then lay a good 4 inches of compost over the dug areas, working your way along the border.

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 15:20

Hi all, after just checking my delphiniums, I noticed several growing tips had leaves which had been tied into distorted shapes by the silk of small caterpillars of the Delphinium moth, so I recommend you check yours asap.  These caterpillars will eat the flower shoots while they are small resulting in no blooms.  The easiest way to deal with them is to squash the distorted area between thumb and fingers - if you feel a slight .'pop', that's one caterpillar dealt with!  These pests overwinter inside the hollow stems, so best cut those to the ground at the end of the season.  Despite doing this last year, they have appeared again so vigilance is probably the best answer.

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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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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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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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

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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