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advice on a plant

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 14:33

Keep it well watered (a good soaking once a week) for the rest of this summer and autumn so that it grows a good root system.  If in a pot/container then it might need watering twice a week in hot weather.  In late autumn or early spring, prune it to keep a good shape and completely cut out any shoots which are not variagated or those will take over.

ID this plant

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 14:24

From the leaf and flower shape I would say it is certainly some kind of Sage.  Agree that a photo of the complete plant would help identify it further.

weather warning

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 18:41

Hooray, it started here just as I left work at about 6pm.  I don't mind getting a bit wet if the garden gets what it needs!

foxglove fasciation 2 new plants have grown

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 23:59

Now that the trait is being continued in new plants germinated from the seed of the original plant, it is clearly an inherited genetic mutation rather than just fasciation (which can be caused by various types of cell damage.)

It would probably take a long time to try and get a stable form which would consistently show the trait from a large proportion of the seed as foxgloves are so promiscuous, but if you could isolate them so that those two plants only pollinated each other and then found a large proportion of the resulting seeds grew the same way, you may have created a new subspecies.

Plant ID?

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 18:33

Black Bryony (Dioscorea communis) I think, Innewhambo.

Geraniums

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 19:27

Sounds like powdery mildew.  That thrives when there is poor air-flow, so if they are very close together try separating them so they get a bit more air circulation around them.  Growing in shade tends to make it worse, too. 

Dianthus

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 18:53

Probably a caterpillar, like that of the Tortrix moth:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=860

 

Veg plants dying

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 18:36

Did you harden them off Lynne?  For things grown in a warm conservatory, it's an absolute must to put them outside every day and bring them in every night for at least 4 or 5 days.  As Forester says, those symptoms are definitely 'cold shock' - it has been getting unseasonably cold at night recently and beans really don't like going much below 10C which causes them to 'check' their growth and a ground frost will usually kill them.

Potatoes that turn to mush when cooked

Posted: 09/06/2015 at 23:56

There are as many answers to this one as there are gardeners!  My own experience is that it's mainly down to variety and also strongly affected by how much rain the crop gets at certain stages of tuber development.  When the time comes, try boiling a few.  If they break-up too easily then you'll just have to boil them in their skins, steam them instead or cook them in some other way.  I find that a crop which does this can be parboiled and then roasted to give superb results. 

Plant/Weed ID

Posted: 09/06/2015 at 23:47

Yes Mike and certainly before the seeds set as, like most geraniums, they produce spring-loaded seed pods so get everywhere!

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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

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Oops!

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