BobTheGardener


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Agapanthus from seed

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 14:23

It's easy - there are quite a few threads about growing them from seed if you use the search box.


Type in "agapanthus from seed".

Poorly magnolia.

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 14:20

Snap (more or less), H-C!

Poorly magnolia.

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 14:19

I think it has been short of water, mainly because the grass is too close to the trunk.  You need to widen that area so it is at least a couple of feet diameter (ideally a metre) because grass is a very hungry and thirsty plant which will always out-compete a young tree for water and nutrients.  If you can lay a couple of inches mulch of well-rotted manure within the cleared circle, this will feed the tree for next year.  Cover with bark chippings to make it more aesthetically pleasing if you want - just make sure nothing touches the trunk.  Spring bulbs can be planted close to deciduous trees if you don't want a beare area as they do most of their growing when the tree is dormant so don't compete anywhere near as much as grass.

New build lawn, white patches, any ideas?

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 14:10

In that case, get some nematodes watered in - now is an ideal time to do it.  If you carefully lift up a few damaged areas, you should be able to see the grubs to identify whether they are leatherjackets or chafer grubs.  Or buy both sorts of nematode as they won't interfere with each other.

Fast growing shrubs/trees with interesting foliage or flowers to create an approx 5ft ish 'hedge'

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 14:02

There are also several types of Berberis which are nicely spiny if you want to give any miscreants who try to cross it a sharp shock.  Most are evergreen and have yellow or orange flowers followed by berries.


If that area were mine, I think I'd put a similar informal hedge in, remove the lawn completely, digging it over and adding well-rotted farmyard manure to create an ideally sized flower bed.

Can you tell me what this plant is?

Posted: 14/09/2016 at 20:41

Autumn crocus (Colchicum)

What is this tomato?

Posted: 14/09/2016 at 19:03

You're welcome Bob.  Another one I particularly recommend is Chadwick Cherry - a vigorous and really tasty red cherry - fruits about the same size of Gardener's delight.

What's eaten my rose?

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 21:43

The caterpillars on the photo dated 17th July 2013 above are rose sawfly larvae, Yvie.  Probably 'Arge ochropus':


http://www.bugsandweeds.co.uk/sawflies.html


http://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/large-rose-sawfly

Last edited: 13 September 2016 21:48:01

Plant growing in my garden

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 21:37

Sounds like it could be a type of oxalis called 'creeping woodsorrel ' (Oxalis corniculata):


http://www.msuturfweeds.net/details/_/creeping_woodsorrel_57/


Difficult to eradicate, unfortunately.  Some advice from the RHS here:


https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=498

Last edited: 13 September 2016 21:37:50

Found some holes

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 21:00

Fill them in to see if the makers are still active - they will dig their way out if so, probably overnight.  If you aren't having any other issues I would leave them to it - the local cats will soon discover them!

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