BobTheGardener


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Problem with tree (Rowan I think).

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 15:08

I'm afraid I agree with Liriodendron and think the damage at the base spells the end for your tree and would recommend you have it felled.  The good news is that Rowans are easy to get, fast growing and there are now a lot of varieties to choose from so you could plant another to replace it.  Try to see it as an opportunity rather than a loss.

New plants

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 13:05

Foxgloves need to be in the ground and are completely hardy.  However, I would definitely overwinter the delphiniums in pots where you can gain some control over slugs which will absolutely decimate small delphiniums in the ground, so much so that you'll probably never see them again..  Grow them on into quite large plants, re-potting if necessary in late spring then plant them out in early summer. 

Last edited: 25 September 2016 13:06:10

Pumpkin Plant Woes

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 12:57

Here's a Canadian website which may also help:


http://magazine.cog.ca/pumpkin-passion/

Anyone know what this shrub is please?

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 12:03

I had 3 different colour ones but now only the red survive.  They are not completely hardy in the UK so winter protection is advisable.

Can Anyone Identify This?

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 11:56

As long as you cut it back hard in the spring (similar to buddleia) so it doesn't grow too big it should be fine.

Last edited: 25 September 2016 11:57:18

Can Anyone Identify This?

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 11:44

Himalayan Honeysuckle (Leycesteria formosa) I think.  NOT Japanese knotweed thankfully!

Holes

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 11:38

Could also be rooks or other birds digging for leatherjackets or chafer grubs - the last pic does look like the grass may be being attacked from below.

Pumpkin Plant Woes

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 18:51

One of the best things to do is put down a good layer of well rotted manure about now.  You can leave it on the surface and let the worms do the work for you over the winter then dig the area over in the spring.  The more organic matter you can add the better and that helps whether you have clay-based soil or if it is sandy.  If it is a heavy clay then rough-dig it and the frost will help break down the lumps of clay.

Ground cover planting

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 17:47

I would also suggest Vinca minor which is evergreen and will thrive in such an area where few other plants will do well.

Pumpkin Plant Woes

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 17:43

It sounds like you are doing all of the right things and encouraging bees to nest nearby is an excellent plan.  You can hand-pollinate them outdoors too by taking a male flower, removing most of the flower just leaving the central part and gently pushing it into the centre of a female flower.  The females (which form the fruit) have a mini pumpkin behind the flower but the male flowers don't.  If you had no female flowers form then it might be that the plants didn't get enough warmth, sunlight or perhaps the soil wasn't rich enough (they are heavy feeders - I mix in anout 25 litres of well-rotted manure into the soil where I plant each one.

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