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Posted: 15/06/2017 at 21:59

Why not hedge your bets (pun intended) and cut most of it down but leave a few 'stands' ?  That way you can guarantee it won't all die.

On my willow tree

Posted: 15/06/2017 at 18:54

And the round thing on the top-left photo is probably a gall.  An insect (usually a tiny wasp) laid an egg in the leaf vein and the larva released a hormone which caused the tree to produce growth around it.  The young larvae use these as a home while they grow.  It's not really detrimental to the tree.  The way these interactions occur between insects and plants is fascinating!

Are these weeds please??

Posted: 13/06/2017 at 22:50

Agree with Dimwit, 1 & 2 are in the cucurbit family, you can even see the seed shell.  They could be pumpkins, squash, melons, cucumbers etc.

Does anyone know what this plant is called

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 19:55

If the tips of the leaves are sharp, I think it's more likely a Yucca.

New cyclamen in flower

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 15:34

I think it will be ok and will reset its internal clock.  Just give it the usual treatment of reducing watering after flowering so that the leaves die back etc.  I have one which flowered at christmas, died back in april and has now decided to start producing new flower buds as it got accidentally watered.  I fully expect it to survive though.

Invasive plant on lawn - identification and advice please!

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 14:20

Yep, that's a pretty bad infestation and I would have no hesitation in using a glyphosate based systemic weedkiller on it.  This will also kill any grass which gets sprayed, unfortunately, so I would concentrate on getting rid of the ground elder and plan to re-sow the lawn with seed once you are sure you are rid of this pernicious weed.

Lupins ok in pots until the autumn?

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 14:13

This gardening lark is all about planning and patience isn't it Pete!

As they are showing flower spikes, the re-potting will allow them to put on a good show this year so you should get some enjoyment from them over the next few weeks.

Top Soil Question

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 14:07

Well-rotted farmyard manure is the ideal thing to add.  The bagged stuff available from garden centres etc. is fine if you can't source any locally.  If you are going to plant into it immediately, then you could add multi-purpose compost instead as manure can be a bit strong for some plants until the worms break it down.  In late autumn, put down a 2-4 inch layer of manure on top of the beds and the worms will take that down into the soil over the winter for you.

Last edited: 11 June 2017 14:08:11

Lupins ok in pots until the autumn?

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 13:57

I would re-pot them but keep them in pots until next spring before planting out.  That way you can more easily protect the new shoots from slugs etc. and will end up with much better plants.

Spirea failing to thrive

Posted: 10/06/2017 at 22:48

They don't like wet feet so is the soil really well drained?  Overwatering can be an issue too.  Ideally they need full sun, a very well drained site and will only need watering occasionally in the summer.  They don't need much in the way of feeding either.  I wonder if you're killing it through too much kindness?

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