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Anyone recognise this perennial?

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 19:16

I'm a bit stumped too.  Do the leaves have any smell when you rub them?

Christmas Tree for Outside

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 20:01

Have a look at the RHS advice, MayLane:

at the bottom is a list of different types of tree which are commonly used as Christmas trees.  Search for each cultivar as "pot grown" and you should find lots to choose from.

How to join section of netting to make one large net?

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 19:41

Hi Max, got mine from screwix which is handy if you have a local one but googling "100 x 2.5mm cable ties" gets them cheaper (watch the delivery charges though!)

I overlapped the sections of netting by about 2" as you can use fewer ties that way.

As far as butterflys getting in goes, they will find any holes large enough (commercial butterfly netting has holes of 7mm or less) - I've watched them fly around and around every section of my nets looking for a way in! They'll also lay eggs through the netting if any brassica leaves are touching it.

How to join section of netting to make one large net?

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 18:55

Small cable ties work well - I use 100 x 2.5mm (pack of 100 costs about 70p.)  The problem with stitching is that you need to keep tieing it off.

mouse/rat in the garden

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 18:46

As Pansyface says, it's all too easy to cause unnecessary suffering (this breaking the law) when using 'humane' traps.

Last edited: 22 August 2016 18:46:47

Plant I.D - binde weed or morning glory?

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 18:32

It is Black Bindweed (Fallopia convolvulus) which has small flowers on short racemes.

Can anyone identify this?

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 01:55

Looks like a banana of some kind to me, judging by the leaves and growth habit.

Leaning Apple Tree

Posted: 14/08/2016 at 22:46

It looks like it has struggled to get enough light so has grown away from the fence and what look like very tall overhanging trees.  Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do that will encourage a mature tree  to grow upright and hacking off large sections is something you are right to worried about for the reasons you mention.  I would trim off some of the lower parts hanging down the slope now (summer pruning restricts growth) to make mowing easier and just enjoy the fact that you have a tree with 'personality'!
The old adage 'growth follows the knife' particularly applies to apple tree winter pruning so strong growth will occur where you prune it the hardest, which is the opposite of what most folk expect.

Strawberry Toscana - Distorted fruit

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 17:38

Distorted fruit can be due to poor pollination.  If you can't put them somewhere with more insect visitors, try using a soft brush to hand polllinate the flowers.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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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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No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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