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Talkback: Five of the best trees for small gardens

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 12:58

I would forget Gardenia as they are notoriously difficult to grow.  Exochorda tolerates a wide set of conditions and would probably be OK.  I have that particular prunus and while it looks great in spring, it is very boring for the rest of the year.  Philadelphus 'Virginal' is a fast grower and will get quite big - 3m x 2.5m so may quickly outgrow your space.  Another one to consider is amelanchier which is just about a perfect small tree for smaller gardens and has year round interest.

Transplanting Delay = Stunted Tomatoes, Or?

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 11:26

If fed too early they grow masses of leaves and cropping is reduced, steveb.

Multiple headed tulips

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 11:20

According to this link, they are supposed to have variation:

http://www.shrubs.co.uk/tulip-hemishere-xl-tr-13692-p.asp

"This lovely new Tulip  has white and pink flowers on sturdy stems
Sometimes flowers emerge white with a dash of hot pink stripes, freckles, and mottling;
sometimes they are pink with a dash of white. And sometimes they are so evenly broken it's impossible to decide which colour is dominant."

Yellow edges to leaves

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 11:14

Looks like either frost or water damage, so cultural rather than a deficiency I think.  As the cutting gets going it should be fine and it will shed any damaged leaves but leave them on for now.

Blue wildflower ID

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 11:10

Green alkanet Charlie, very invasive and extremely deep roots, every piece of which will produce a new plant if you dig them up and don't remove it all.

Magnolia

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 22:21

Most of mine had at least a couple of flowers in their 3rd spring B3. Roughly double the amount of blooms per year after that.

Magnolia

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 20:01

I wouldn't plant them in pure ericaceous - they like it slightly acid but that may be overdoing it.  I have several in tubs planted in 80% John Innes #3 and 20% ericaceous and they are doing well.  The ones planted in my clay soil with added well-rotted manure and a bit of ericaceous are doing the best and one is even in shade until about 3pm and is doing the best of all!

Bare root rose - in or out of water tonight?

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 19:51

I'd take it out but wrap the roots in damp newspaper or an old damp cloth to keep them from drying out.

Home made organic way to kill aphids

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 19:27

I'm not sure about garlic water on aphids although it's possible the boiling affects the chemicals present, or perhaps it's the detergent which actually does the job?  The reason I'm a bit sceptical is purely because I found my garlic covered in aphids last week!

Best time to put peppers outside?

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 19:23

They'll get checked at anything under about 10C so keep an eye on your minimum temps (this is where a max/min themometer comes in very handy) and the local forecast.  I agree about the toms which get checked at about 5C so those can go out in your GH a bit sooner than sweet peppers.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

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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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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