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Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 22:11

The 'unknown' tree peony decided to open today:

Worth waiting 10 years for (well, maybe!) and spotted another couple of buds:

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 21:56

Built the sides to my revamped and raised bed today and filled it with 10 barrowloads of home made compost:

Tomorrow, it's the best bit - planting time!

Plant identification

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 20:50

Yes, definitely a geum.

Plant identification

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 14:18

I think rear left is armeria and front left is carnation.

weed ID please?

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 12:27

Liverwort is usually an indicator of waterlogged soil, conditions it loves.  If your blueberries are in containers, check that the drainage holes haven't become blocked.

Iron chelated by EDTA kill plants?

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 12:06

Moss doesn't like Iron which is why it is used as a moss killer.  However, most plants actually need Iron and you will find it is included in all multi purpose feeds.  I wouldn't water lawn feed on other plants directly but just a bit of residue left in a watering can won't cause any harm at all.

Sooty mould

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 12:02

Those are scale insects, not mealy bugs.  They can be rubbed off but that will be a lot of work.  The only other thing which will work would be a systemic insecticide like provado, but that will affect all insects and is very bad for bees.

Give the scale ('scuse the pun!) of the problem, I would highly recommend that you cut the honeysuckle back to the ground instead.  It will almost certainly sprout fresh shoots and although you will get no flowers this year, you will end up with a much healthier plant.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 21:29

Ooh, I have those too - didn't know they were scented - will be 'nosing' around them at the weekend then!

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 20:05

With your weather being a bit behind mine Fairy, it means we can keep the photos coming for longer!   I bought a tulip species 'collection' last year (can't remember who from, maybe Parkers?)  I have them in a small raised (~1m x 4m) bed and seem to fit in better than in a big border.

PS, my 'unknown' tree peony is opening:

Last edited: 20 April 2017 20:09:31

Plant ID

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 19:45

Yep, potato.  Squirrels pinch mine when I dig them up and leave to dry in the sun and often bury them in pots around the garden!

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