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Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 14:11

Overnight and morning rain here GD, but really needed it badly - the recent rain kept missing my area.
It stopped for a couple of hours earlier this afternoon so I managed to get my slug nematodes watered in which have been sitting in the fridge for a few days as the ground was dry as a bone.  It's just started spotting again, so that will help the nematodes get to work.

I did wonder what the neighbours thought though, seeing me take 20 trips with the watering can to an already drenched garden!   "Look - Mad Old Bob is watering his garden.. in the rain!"

Last edited: 29 May 2017 14:12:14

Covering Horizontal drainage pipes

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 12:51

My first idea was a bridge, too, Dove!

Covering Horizontal drainage pipes

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 12:45

I've fixed the orientation on your photo, pinchie.:

I wouldn't be please with that pipework either - looks like a bit of a bodge job.  Do you know what services the pipe is carrying?  All I can come up with is hiding it under an old log, which would at least look more natural.

Clematis Avalanche question

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 12:08

Are you sure it's frost hardy?  I had a Cartmanii Joe which looked similar but I had to keep it in the conservatory over winter.  I forgot to bring it in early enough one year and it lost all of its leaves but did eventually recover (until it was killed by a scale infestation.)

5 fruits grafted on 1tree - Your opinion & advice??

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 12:03

Hi Papi Jo, I had to go through a lot of photos but as it's raining right now I quite enjoyed looking at pictures of my garden over the last few years!

I don't seem to have taken many useful photos showing the fruit but the blossom one is quite good:

Category name for aquilegia without 'spurs'

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 10:39

'Clematis flowered aquilegia' is what I think you are looking for, soulboy.  'Aquilegia clematiflora'.

Last edited: 29 May 2017 10:43:10

What is on my apple tree and what should I do?

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 10:33

I'm just guessing without the photo but the most likely is aphids which are being 'farmed' by ants.  The ants feed off of the sugary honeydew which aphids excrete and carry the young aphids to fresh new growth, as well as protecting them from predators like ladybirds.  You can blast the aphids off with a spray attachment on a hose but the ants will simply bring more, so you need to prevent the ants from climbing the trunk.  That can be achieved by fitting a 'fruit tree grease band' (google it) around the trunk.

Last edited: 29 May 2017 10:35:23

5 fruits grafted on 1tree - Your opinion & advice??

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 10:13

I have one with 3 types on a dwarfing rootstock and is it very successful and a good cropper.  The varieties used must have been chosen carefully so that their blooming periods overlap.  I was very careful when pruning it when it was young though to achieve balanced growth - I think that is essential otherwise one variety could easily become dominant.  However, now it is mature and only needs summer pruning it is a breeze to look after.  I would say that as long as you are prepared to read up on apple tree pruning and put in the effort in the early years that they are great for the smaller garden.  It's the usual case of 'you reap what you sow' and, just like veg crops, neglect will lead to a negative outcome.

Delphiniums question

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 20:02

Delphiniums can send up a second flush in some years if you cut the spikes back to the base after flowering.  Because of that, they might well flower again if you cut the broken stems riight back but, because they are young plants, I would leave them as the stems have leaves which are helping to build the roots up for next year.

Last edited: 28 May 2017 20:03:08

Which herb plant is this in our school?

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 18:51

Horseradish, which looks somwhat similar to a dock?

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