BobTheGardener


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How to beat this weed?

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 12:17

As Dove said, a closer photo would help but the large leaved ones look very much like Foxgloves (a wild flower) to me which are biennial (ie they take 2 years to flower, then die) and will send up a tall flower spike next year;  I would keep those:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/5862/i-Digitalis-purpurea-i/Details

Foxglove seeds will be in the soil and can last for decades so will probably keep coming back forever - if you don't want them, just dig them up when you see them appear.

I think you also have brambles (smaller serrated leaved ones with spiky stems) and those are rather invasive so should be dug up, removing all of the roots if you can:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=256

If you don't want any of these plants, dig the area over.  If you don't plant anything else and leave bare soil, weeds will constantly keep appearing, so either plant things you want in the area, or you'll just have to be prepared to keep weeding it.

It's my birthday

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 17:43

Happy birthday Lily and belated ones to anyone I've missed recently - been a bit too busy to keep up!

What's been your best garden freebie?

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 17:40

One of the major suppliers sent me a Magnolia tree with a nice apology letter and a voucher.  I didn't order it and as I knew it wouldn't survive the return journey intact, I had to plant and keep it (purely for the health of the tree, you understand!)

Kind of makes up for the rather poor service I have had from them in previous years..

Talkback: The best crops for flavour

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 19:03

For a red version of the extremely flavoursome Sungold (which are orange) cherry tomatoes, I have not found anything to beat Suncherry Premium (F1).  They are slightly small than Gardener's Delight but are less prone to splitting and seem to have better disease resistance.  The downside is that the seeds are rather expensive from some of the well-known suppliers (one charges the equivalent of over 60p each!) so worth shopping around.  I usually grow about 10 varieties every year and am always trying different varieties but Sungold and Suncherry are permanently on my 'definites' list.

Yellow poppy - is it Icelandic poppy?

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 18:58

I agree Forester - all of my welsh poppies (and there are hundreds!) are single and that one looks semi-double so likely a cross etc.  Worth keeping and seeing what the seeds produce. 80% of mine are yellow with the rest orange.

white mouse

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 18:58

As far as I can tell from the photo's, the white one has pink eyes which would point to it being a true albino (which have no colouration at all, anywhere on their body, due to a genetic aberration.)

Can a pear tree recover from rust?

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 18:45

Pear rust can't complete it's life-cycle without overwintering on other plants, specifically junipers.  If you have a juniper nearby, you could consider removing it which may help.  Having said that, a severe infection can result in cankers on the pear tree within which the rust will survive, so also check for any canker affected areas and prune them out.  More here:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/Advice/Profile?PID=236

 

BOX TREES

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 18:38

Hi Pinkpeony, it sounds like you have done everything right, assuming you also watered them regularly without overdoing it?

The issue may very well be due to the disease box blight which is now extremely common and, if so, there's little you can do about it unfortunately.  Have a look at this RHS link to see if the symptoms match:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=96

 

Cauliflowers problems

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 18:42

They do that in hot weather and/or if you lave them a bit too long after they are ready.  You can eat them though - it's not a disease.

A Fountain question!

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 23:05

Shame to have to buy extra bits though!  Sounds like you have another digging job on the cards for the sump - I remember your effort on the pond!

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