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Not so sweet Williams ....

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 14:38

Yes, they're biennials but if they don't grow large enough in their first year because of late sowing or poor weather they need an extra year before flowering.  The ones you sowed in May this year should flower next year as they will have had a long enough growing season this year.

Last edited: 17 July 2017 14:39:01

Weird Weeds

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 13:48

Difficult to say without a close-up but looks like creeping cinquefoil (Potentilla reptans.)  Difficult to eradicate.  You may need to resort to a weedkiller designed for use on lawns.

Last edited: 17 July 2017 13:48:52

Mystery plant

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 11:47

The 3-lobed seed pods are typical for euphorbias so I think it's Caper Spurge (Euphorbia lathyris) or a cross between that and another euphorbia as caper spurge usually has the seed capsules at the top rather than along the length of the stems.
Edit just found a pic wth pods along the stems:

Last edited: 17 July 2017 11:50:23

Filling border on a budget

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 17:12

Hi Adey, I've used those size plugs before from T&M and they are too small to risk planting out but are OK if you plant them in 9cm pots and grow them on until they are larger.  Some will grow enough to plant in autumn but many would be best overwintered in their pots and planted in spring.  The delphiniums in particular should be potted-on at least twice (9cm then 15cm) and protected from slugs, overwintered and planted in spring.  Molluscs love them so you need to keep an eye on them until they are a foot or more tall.  Good luck and as long as you give them plenty of TLC they should all flower next year.

Lots of perennial seeds can be sown now but the attrition rate over winter is normally pretty high so, again, TLC will be required.

What is this on my grapes?

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 16:18

Open an untouched grape and have a look inside. I think those are grape seeds being exposed by something which is eating holes in your tiny young grapes.. The most likely culprit is snails.

Yucca problem

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 14:08

Yes, that's where I would cut it.  Secateurs or loppers will be fine.  Unfortunately, there is no way I know of to make a stem thicken.

Yucca problem

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 13:23

If you cut it below the weak point, it will almost certainly produce a bud on the bare trunk which will sprout more leaves after a few weeks.  If you cut the removed stem into pieces about 15-20cm long, leave for a couple of days for the ends to callous over, you may be able to grow new plnats by potting them into a 50/50 mixture of grit and compost.  If you do that make sure you plant the sections the right way up.

Plant id required

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 12:56

Top 2 pics: Persicaria (probably maculosa) - a weed.  Get rid before it seeds or you'll have it forever!

3rd pic: looks like Fat hen - as above.

last one looks like a malva - will have trumpet shaped flowers if it is.  I keep those.

Last edited: 16 July 2017 13:01:00

Cherry tree problems

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 12:53

Juliet, it's probably been a bit too dry and the grass is growing too close to the trunk and competing with the tree for nutrients.  Make a wider circle around the trunk (about 1 metre diameter), give it a good watering (at least 4 bucketfuls of water) and cover the ground where you removed the grass with a mulch of well-rotted manure or compost.  You should also snip off all of those weak branches below the label close to the trunk (don't leave a stub.)  Do this now and no more pruning until next summer (never prune in Autumn, Winter or Spring as you risk it getting silver leaf disease.)

Keep giving it a couple of buckets of water at least twice a week until the leaves drop.

Grass for an orchard?

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 12:44

Sounds good to me OMAB!   Perhaps mix in a packet of wildflower seeds with the grass seed to help attract insects?

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