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Camera Corner

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 13:18

Hi all, this one (taken with a Canon DSLR camera attached to my telescope) seems quite seasonal to me.  It is of three of the main stars in the Pleiades, more commonly known as the Seven Sisters.  These stars are passing through a cloud of gas and dust which reflects the blue light from these very hot, young stars.  The star in the centre is known as Merope which illuminates the gas around it called the Merope nebula:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/64204.jpg?width=267&height=350&mode=max

Schefflera dying off

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 10:40

I find cuttings take well in a 50/50 mixture of grit or sharp sand and multi purpose compost.  Mine was about 4ft tall but was rather leggy, so cut it down to 6" and then chopped the removed stem into 6" pieces and buried each half way into pots filled with the 50/50 mixture.  Nearly all of them rooted on a windowsill and the original plant sprouted shoots from the 6" stump that remained.

PS: I agree that they do need good light.

dwarf raspberries

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 19:11

I agree with Verdun.  If I were to grow only one type of raspberry, it would have to be Polka, a wonderful autumn variety.

Carrot problem

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 19:07

I would say it look more like carrot fly:

http://www.gardenworldimages.com/Details.aspx?ID=2966&TypeID=1

Bad news either way.

What are you getting rid of...?

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 00:19

Removed two agapanthus and every bit of montbretia I could find last weekend.  Looking forward to planting new things that won't now get their roots throttled by those thugs!

honey fungus

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 22:05

The mushrooms are merely the fruiting bodies - the main body of the fungus lives inside dead wood and spreads by rhizomorphs in the soil (which look like boot laces, hence the common name of 'bootlace fungus'.)  There used to be a chemical called armillotox which was sometimes used but it is now illegal to use that (or Jeyes fluid) for soil sterilization.  That's probably a good thing as they also destroy all of the 'goodies' in the soil and eradication of Honey fungus was never really proven. 

More information in this factsheet:

http://www.gov.gg/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=4797&p=0

 

Allium leaf miner

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 21:55

I had the same problem on my leeks in January earlier this year (in Leics).  No sign of them on this year's crop (yet) but I suspect the mild winter we had last year was as much to blame as anything and I'm hoping for a few good hard frosts to kill the miners as well as a host of other pests.  Environmesh should work but I'll be taking a season off from growing leeks if this crop is also affected.  I also wonder if the increasing number of decorative alliums being grown nowadays is providing enough extra host plants to cause an explosion in numbers of this pest.  Probably a combination of climate change and that.

Crikey! Who pressed the freeeeezing button?

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 21:33

Last 24h in my garden from the wireless weather station:

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/64017.jpeg?width=236&height=350&mode=max

Last of the dahlias now turned black.

honey fungus

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 21:22

Unfortunately, there is no quick fix for Honey fungus and there are no chemical treatments available.  You need to remove the stump and all roots, having them ground out if the dead tree was a large one - HF requires a home of dead wood to spread from, so you need to remove its 'home base'.  Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

Singing the praises of

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 21:17

This is my Arctotis 'Red Devil', photo taken earlier this month.  I bought it September 2013 and planted it in a raised bed in spring this year and it has flowered non-stop since.  Looking slightly the worse for wear now but still in flower and may well survive in the bed if we have another mild winter.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/64015.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

Excellent performance!

 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57
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