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What is this plant ?

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 18:13

And worth about 10x plus what a delphinium costs so you did very well!

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 18:07

Just been out and harvested a kilo of large juicy blueberries.

Ealier picked potatoes, romanesco, baby carrots, broad, french and runner beans to go with roast beef for dinner.

All the effort earlier in year is beginning to show the benefits! 

'But they said anyone can grow this plant!'

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 19:02

Japanese anemone and Lily of the valley.  Both renowned as being invasive but just turn into compost for me!

Last edited: 29 July 2016 19:04:02

Plant ID please

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 18:57

Angel's fishing rod (Dierama),  Daisy.  Lovely things.  

Chillier no heat!

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 21:31

I agree with Ladybird.  Chillies cross pollinate readily (even with sweet peppers) and there is absolutely no telling what you'll get from plants grown from saved seed, especially if the 'mother' plant was an F1 hybrid (with F1 hybrids, even pollinating with another identical plant won't produce 'true' seeds.)  To guarantee the type of fruit you want, grow them from seed bought from a reputable seed merchant.

However, as Pete said they may well get hotter later in the season, especially if we get some more hot weather.  Most of the heat is in the seeds so try chewing a few of those on their own - if no heat then not much hope for that outcome.

Leaf Minor

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 21:17

 Nearly all Horse chestnuts trees in the UK are now infested with the Horse chestnut leaf mining moth which first appered in about 2002.  If the tree is on it's own, you can try gathering up all fallen leaves in autumn and burning them which may mean less damage the following year but if there are a lot of other conker trees in the area it will make little difference.  It is thought that they won't kill the trees but I personally think they will be weakened over a number of years and this may lead to other diseases and pests causing more serious damage and early death.  See here for a survey you can take part in:


Posted: 27/07/2016 at 23:13

One of the hardest things I've tried to do in gardening is to grow a range of plants which provide bees with nectar for the whole year but also thrive in my particular garden.  The wonderful side-effect is that there is always something in bloom of course!  Seeing a huge bumble bee appear on a sunny winter's day is magic. 

Red pond water

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 22:14

Sounds like a red algae bloom.  Apparently this can be brought in on pond plants but it's probably the recent hot spell which has led to it proliforating.  I would try one of the barley-based products which claim to reduce algae growth without harming wildlife.

Last edited: 27 July 2016 22:14:56

Buddleja White profusion reverting

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 22:01

It may have been grafted onto a normal buddleja rootstock.  The grafted part may have died and the rootstock would then take over.  Have a look to see if you can see any evidence of a graft point, which will be quite knobbly compared to other stems.

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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Hope it finds it's way home 
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Watering dried-out pots

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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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