BobTheGardener


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apples

Posted: 16/08/2017 at 20:17

I think the silk threads you can see in the close-up is a clue that they are the pupae of an insect of some kind, perhaps a small fly or wasp.  However, I haven't a clue what the insect is.  Is there any sign of damage on the leaves of the tree?

Magnolia Stelleta

Posted: 16/08/2017 at 15:37

Do you know if you have alkaline (limey or chalky), neutral or acidic soil?  Magnolias can cope with slightly alkaline or neutral but prefer slightly acid soil.  They don't do very well in very acid, very alkaline, or poorly drained soils.  The paleness of the leaves with green veins showing is usually a sign that a plant is struggling to take in magnesium or iron which can happen in very acid or very alkaline soils.
If you don't know what type of soil you have, are there any rhododendrons/azaleas growing in the area, indicating an acid soil? 

Last edited: 16 August 2017 15:37:48

My council flat garden

Posted: 16/08/2017 at 14:36

Looks lovely, Caroline - well done!

Greenhouse climate control

Posted: 16/08/2017 at 14:29

You could use solar panels to drive electric ventilation fans for summer cooling.  Agree with Mike about heating - insulation in winter will be at least as important as choosing a heat source.


One thing to consider is having large volumes of water present inside the structure as water will help stabilize the temperature by absorbing heat during the day and slowly releasing it at night.  In Victorian times, hothouses often had a heating system consisting of of large diameter cast-iron pipes which contained a large amount of slowly pumped water.  They managed to grow all sorts of things considered as exotic for the UK climate, such as pineapples.

Best shredder for very large borders

Posted: 16/08/2017 at 14:03

Impact shredders cope much better with soft green material than 'quiet' shredders which use a screw-type blade and/or crush the material.  Go for a design with a straight-through path which helps to avoid blockages.  I bought an Al-ko about 20 years ago and it's still going strong.  A pair of replacement blades are about £20 - I'm on my 3rd set.  The blades can be removed and sharpened on a flat oilstone.


However, shredding technique (which is something you will soon learn!) is as important as design.  I keep 2 piles - one soft green stuff and one branches and dried material such as perennial stems and put some green stuff in followed by a branch or some dry stuff.  As well as minimising blockages, doing this also keep the shredded material mixed properly in order to minimise the time needed for the composted material to decompose.


This is what I mean about the "straight-through" design:



'Industrial' chippers are another matter and can cope with just about anything but cost is upwards of £1500.

unknown plant

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 18:10

My guess would be iris foetidissima:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_foetidissima

Leycesteria

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 17:04

It looks like Iron or Magnesium deficiency - when you see green veins but pale in between it's a sign.  A quick fix for Magnesium is to spray with Epsom salts - a 5ml spoonful dissolved in a litre of water is about right and also water some onto the roots.  Iron chelate watered onto the roots will help with Iron deficiency.


The cause of the deficiency could be due to soil pH though and that would need addressing in the longer term.

Last edited: 15 August 2017 17:05:19

perfumed clematis

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 15:58

I can only just detect the scent of Freckles with nose to flower but Montanas can carry further although it's still a very delicate fragrance.

Last edited: 15 August 2017 15:58:28

Plant identification

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 15:53

Looks like a knautia.

Unidentified 'shrub' - olive like

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 11:34

I think it's Solanum pseudocapsicum, often called Winter cherry.  It's not hardy and the fruits will turn orange but are toxic.  Usually grown as a houseplant.


Edit: same thing I think, Hosta.

Last edited: 15 August 2017 11:35:49

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