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Peppers

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 18:52

There's something called the pepper maggot.  An egg is injected by a fly and the maggot eats its way out.  However, I don't know whether this pest from the US has arrived over here yet (with our lax plant import controls, it wouldn't surprise me at all though!)

Dusty Miller

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 18:35

You can plant potted plants at any time of the year Arthur, but make sure you prepare the ground well and water them at least once a week for the rest of the summer and autumn.  It's only bare-root plants that you need to avoid - those should only be bought and planted from about November to early March.

Does this look like excess nitrogen?

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 18:30

You can often get away with not watering shrubs as many send down deep roots but currants do tend to need a lot of water.  It's also close to the wall, so best to water it regularly as walls create a "rain shadow" and also tend to suck water out of the ground near them.  I'm sure it will recover now you are giving it a bit of tlc.

cross pollination of apple trees

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 18:20

Hi Marion, Berghill has explained it very well.  The graft union will look something like this (click the link below to see):

http://www.fruit.usask.ca/images/rootstock_resized.jpg

They are usually near the bottom of the trunk, but can sometimes be higher.

Does this look like excess nitrogen?

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 17:37

Looks more like simple drought to me but dry soil and excess nitrogen wouldn't have helped!  It looks like it's new growth from the base which has died - the plant may have done that itself to prevent further water loss.  If the affected growth doesn't recover now you have given it a good drink, cut it (only the dead growth) right back to the ground just in case it is (or becomes) diseased.

Garden Design Computer Programme

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 18:34

I agree, a garden design program would really be based on visualisation technology (2D or 3D) while a planner would be more like a database/calendar.  Two very different skillsets required and unlikely to be created by single programmer so would need to be written by a team.  Market research has probably made it untenable which is why so few are around.  I've often looked for something like this over the past ten years and have been disappointed.  I think you would be better finding two separate applications or doing the planning yourself in a similar way to the method I suggested, but you then need quite well developed Microsoft Office skills.  You can still download google sketchup which could be used for design.

Lilly trees

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 18:15

Hi Stifyn, do you mean lily trees (normally called Magnolia trees) or tree lilies (true lilies which grow to 2m or more tall)?

 

Who is this please?

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 16:56

Looks flightless, whatever it is.

A new small flowering plant ID, please.

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 15:02

I don't recognise it either but leaves, growth habit and anthers are very fuchsia-like.  Maybe some form with 4 large sepals and tiny (invisible) petals?

Garden Design Computer Programme

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 13:55

Do you also have Outlook, Yvie?  If so, maybe you could use the calendar feature together with bookmarks and hyperlinks?  I had a quick play and you can hyperlink to bookmarks or headings in both word and excel documents.

I believe this site may be planning to add some features which may help, too.

I remember the BBC used to have a garden planner on their website before the  cutbacks forced them to close many of their helpful-to-the-public web stuff.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

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DIY heated propagator

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Cost of bird food

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