BobTheGardener


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Is this fungi? Do I condemn the tree?

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 19:48

The only encouraging news I can give is that one of mine had exactly the same dieback and discolouration but only on one branch, which I removed by cutting back into healthy wood.  It survived and is now growing well.  I've kept an eye on it for the last 3 or 4 years and removed any sign of the condition which did appear on some small branches and it seems to be working.

Melon and Cucumber plants growing very slowly

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 18:56

It depends on where you are and where the plants are.  In most of the UK it's too cold to grow any of these outside yet but they should all be fine in an unheated greenhouse.  Once any cucurbit species gets too cold their growth will slow down substantially, known as 'getting checked'.  Once temperatures (partcularly overnight) start to climb they will start to grow at a more normal rate again although it may take a few weeks for them to get over the shock while plants which have been kept in conditions more to their liking will quickly overtake any 'checked' plants.

What is this plant?

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 00:32

It's perennial cornflower (Centaurea montana) aka great blue-bottle.

Yellow columbine help!

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 22:24

I agree with nut, cut it right back to the ground.  If whatever lurgy it has is only affecting the leaves, it will send up new ones and although it won't flower again this year, it will hopefully survive with the fresh set of leaves.

Help identifying plants!

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 22:14

The first one is Thale Cress rather than one of the Bitter Cresses.  One of the fastest growing plants there is - from germination to seed production in 4-6 weeks!

Dahlias

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 21:46

I'm hardening off mine now and will be planting them out next weekend (Leics.)

Know Your Enemy

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 21:41

The one on the left and bottom pic is a willowherb.  Not sure about the one on the right - looks a bit like a dock but those have long tap roots (which will grow again if you don't dig them out completely.)

Weed or flower

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 21:38

I think willowherb too.

Prize peony

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 21:15

Sounds like a tree peony.  You can plant potted plants at any time.  The RHS advice is really for bare-root plants which is often how tree peonies are supplied.


Mine do best in part shade in poorish soil, so no need to add anything when planting it.

Last edited: 22 May 2016 21:17:32

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 20:57

Finally got the tomatoes planted in the greenhouse - 24 in all.  It took ages as I had to keep ferrying other things around - you know the drill!  Repotted lots of sweet peppers and chillies into slightly larger pots - I find they do far better if potted on 2-3 times before going into their final one.  Pulled-up most of the forget-me-nots before they go to seed.  Did lots of weeding.  Garden is quickly turning into a jungle - everything is growing so fast now!


Also spotted a Pied Wagtail on top of the runner bean frame, the first time I have ever seen one anywhere!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

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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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Don't think netting will work 
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Drought

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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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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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