BobTheGardener


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Plant ID, please

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 14:00

One of the dogwoods?

Are They Ready? What Kind?

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 13:57

If the seeds are beginning to form then you have probably left them slightly too long.  I would harvest them at 6" as scroggin says.  The danger is that once seeds start forming, the plants tend to think their job is done and can stop producing new flowers and fruit;  Regular picking will give you a longer harvest period (until the weather gets too cold for them is the ideal.)

Last edited: 22 July 2017 13:57:51

Caterpillar for ID

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 11:35

Acronicta rumicis (Knot Grass):


http://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/knot-grass


Hoggy - second attempt

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 19:34

Nice one sheps - a cute hog you have there!

Dahlia side shoots broke by wind

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 18:47

It will heal.  You could use a sharp knife to make it a clean cut which will help it heal quicker and lessen the chances of disease but it's not absolutely necessary.

Something on my Crapemertal

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 16:37

Yes indeed, sooty mould grows on the sugars dropped on top of leaves by aphids feeding on the foliage above.

Aquilegia

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 16:34

 They do naturally grow long tap-roots, so better to pot them on if you can't plant them out yet as Fairy said.  Too late for this year but worth getting some root trainer modules if you grow them again.  I have only been using those for a couple of years but the results are excellent for all types of deep rooted plants and veg.

Portugese Laurel

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 15:50

Yes, cut those main stems back to live wood.  Laurels grow rapidy when cut back hard.  If you scrape some of the bark off of those main stems and find it is green underneath then there is a chance they are still alive.  If brown or grey then they are dead and will never sprout sideshoots.  I have one which regularly gets cut back hard and grows about a metre per year afterwards.  Pruning promotes vigorous new growth;  There's an old gardeners saying which goes "Growth follows the knife" and is never truer than when pruning back laurel.

Help with identification

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 14:41

Judging by the leaves in the background, I would think it's a camellia, possibly Camellia sasanqua.

Tree/fruit identification

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 14:37

Looks like a cherry plum (Prunus cerasifera.)  All plums are edible but some taste nicer than others.  Give one a try.

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