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runner & French bean help

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 13:03

Logan, you've mentioned that problem several times on various threads.  What device and browser are you using?

Mystery Plant

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 13:01

I've started using FireFox for this forum - the pics open in a separate window and it seems much more consistent than IE or Chrome.  There are so many settings on these things though and several of them can affect images!

Mystery Plant

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 12:41

Vic, it look like there may be 2 plants there.  The one circled in red below may be an elderberry tree seedling.  The other looks like something from the cucumber family.

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/76458.jpg?width=350

Can you enlarge it now Dove?

runner & French bean help

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 12:31

That looks like cold damage to me - did you harden them of before planting out?

I would give up on those and plant some runner bean seeds directly in the soil.  There is still plenty of time and many gardeners will only just be planting their runner seeds outside. 

blossom tree leaves

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 11:19

A general fungicidal spray might help.  Look for a copper-based one Jim.

Plant identification please!

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 09:15

Obviously whoever dumped them didn't realise they were perennials which die back completely in winter and thought they were dead.  A good find!

Tete a Tete Daffodils

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 09:12

Whatever you do, you need to let the leaves die down naturally, so either dig up clumps now, complete with as much soil around the bulbs as possible, and transplant each clump into your borders, or wait until the leaves have gone brown then dig up, separate and re-plant the bulbs individually into your borders.

AGAPANTHUS

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 23:01

Yep, after the first frost the leaves will turn mushy and can be easily cleared away, then mulch over the whole bed with a good 4 inches or so of something like bark chippings or home-made compost.  The mulch is just to stop the crowns of the plants from freezing.  Once they are a few years old they become a bit tougher and don't need so much attention.

AGAPANTHUS

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 21:53

Dan, I grew all of mine from seed and the trick is to pot them on gradually into slightly larger sized pots when the roots fill the one they are in.  Keep them in pots until they produce their first flower (which will take 3 years or so) before planting them close together in the garden.  If the seed head was from a wild one in Portugal, protect them from frost as those are tender plants.  Once mature and planted in the garden they will die back completely in winter here but if you cover them with a mulch they should come back each spring.  They need good drainage so don't plant them in areas which are wet and boggy in winter.

blossom tree leaves

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 21:42

Yes pansyface, I would say that is a very, very severe case of peach leaf curl.  Jim, there's not much can be done now other than removing the leaves and hoping that new ones grow but if the tree is in a pot, next spring you need to move it to somewhere under cover (ie where it will not get rained on) when the leaves start appearing and water it by hand.  Once the leaves are fully grown it is safe to move it back into the open.  If you want to grow peaches rather than just enjoy the blossom I can recommend a variety called Avalon Pride which is highly resistant to this disease.

 

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