BobTheGardener


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Identify this vegetable

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 12:56

You just made my stomach rumble, Obelixx!  They are also fun to grow in a mixed border as the fine fern-like foliage is very attractive.

strawberry planter planting

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 12:39

I would leave them for now or pot-on into slightly larger pots.  If you plant them out, they will probably survive but all growth will halt and you want them to be developing a good root system right now.  Repotting and putting them in a cold frame would probably be the ideal.

Identify this vegetable

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 12:32

Fennel.

The version of our gardens that we long to see again

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 12:25

That bed is mainly herbaceous, Wonky and looks pretty dire right now (might brave it and take a photo in a bit.)  I ought to add some evergreens to give it winter interest but by the time I usually get around to considering that, it's so rampant with growth that there's no space to plant anything! 

Last edited: 12 February 2017 12:25:28

Smoke Bush

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 12:18

Have to a agree, they seem to either like the conditions and thrive or sit and sulk for a few years before finally snuffing it.  In my garden, the latter has proven to be the case.

Daphne adora

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 12:10

Unfortunately, adult vine weevils do survive the winter and are often found under pots at this time of the year.  Whether they are the culprit is difficult to say without a photo but if there are notches eaten from the edges of the leaves rather than holes in the middle then weevils are the likely cause.

The version of our gardens that we long to see again

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 11:34

April



June


One side of gardening dying!

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 11:19

After looking at the images, I have to say it does match the pattern of honey fungus.  I think you need to dig one of them up and inspect the roots.  The rhizomorph(s) which move between plants are not always easy to find - they could be under the fence line, for example.  I occasionally see one crossimg my veg plot.  However, they are usually obvious when you dig up the rootball of an infected shrub.  It could be other root pathogens such as phytophthora rather than HF.  The cypress looks too far away to have any effect and all they really do is make the soil dry and can't have caused all of this damage.

Help on a plant ID please

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 19:17

Looks like ground elder to me.  The roots are very invasive and the only real ways to control it are to either dig out the roots completely (almost impossible as any little bit left will regenerate) or to use a herbicide.


http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/solve-problems/ground-elder/


No doubt some will say leave it alone or that you can eat it, but having had to deal with this in my own garden I would urge you to srongly consider spraying the whole area with glyphosate based weedkiller in late spring and repeating as necessary.

Last edited: 11 February 2017 19:18:50

Growing shubs close to fence to limit spread

Posted: 10/02/2017 at 18:57

Agree, all too big really, especially the mahonia which needs to be big to look good IMO.  The yellow Choisya Ternata 'Sundance' isn't as strong a grower as the normal one so might be OK, especially as they respond well to pruning.  Here's the RHS list of smaller shrubs to look through:


https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=845

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