BobTheGardener


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Plant identification

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 15:57

Just to add that most clematis are perfectly happy in part shade and that they much prefer to be in the ground than in pots so I would leave it.  Do give it a good feed though - a liquid tomato feed is probably best at this stage of the season.

Discolored blackberries, any solutions to fix this?

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 13:47

White drupelets are caused by strong sun after periods of overcast weather so not much you can do.  The good news is it's not caused by a disease or pest and is only weather related.

Last edited: 24 July 2016 13:50:40

Help identify Discovery Tree problem

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 13:02

Sulphide of potash will help the tree to fruit once it is established but I wouldn't give it any yet.  What I would recommend is to widen the ring of removed grass around the trunk so that it is about 1 metre diameter.  Grass will compete with the tree for food and leaving an area clear of grass and other plants will help the tree to establish a good root system.  You could mulch that area with well-rotted manure (leave a few cm gap near the trunk though) and cover with bark chippings to prevent the grass recolonising the area.  Spring bulbs could also be planted if you like as those do their growing while the tree is dormant.

New garden advice, starting with the soil

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 12:23

Get some ready bagged well-rotted farmyard manure from a garden centre, spread it on top and dig it in to the depth of a garden fork.  You need at least a 2 inch layer to do any good and preferably 4".  This will improve the soil structure and add lots of nutrients.  If you spread another 2" over the bed each late autumn, the worms will do the work for you so no further digging required.  This is called winter mulching and will also help keep weeds down.  After a few years of doing this you will have superb soil in which you can grow just about anything.

Help identify Discovery Tree problem

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 12:13

It looks very much like lichen in which case there is absolutely nothing to worry about whatsoever.  Lichen only grows where the air is very clean.

Apple blemish Problem

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 11:35

Does it look like the ones in this recent thread?


http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/problem-solving/whats-happened-to-my-apples/985266.html


If so and the 'bruises' are only on the upper parts, one possibility for both threads is that hail (been a lot of it about this year) bruised the young fruit and let in brown rot spores.  It could be scab as Dave said though.  A photo might help to identify but always difficult with this type of problem.

English Laurel Spots

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 19:31

Looking at the positioning, near leaf veins, I think they may be immature scale insects.

Identity help

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 16:59

The blue one is an annual delphinium, more commonly known as larkspur.
I think the pink one is an erysimum (wallflower), which can be annuals, biennial or short-lived perennial.  You can try taking cuttings from that one.

How to propagate wineberries and tayberries...

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 13:36

The usual way with this family of plants is by layering, where you pin a stem down to the ground and it forms roots at that point.  However, you have nothing to lose by trying to root sections of the broken stems and I would snip them into about 20cm lengths, dip the lower end in rooting hormone powder, remove all but one uppermost leaf and put in a gritty mix of compost.  Keep out of direct sunlight and putting a plastic bag over the top of the pot may help, as may daily misting with a fine spray of water.

Is Buddleia Davidii Pink Invasive?

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 13:14

Snap, Dove.

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