BobTheGardener


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Aronia bush

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 16:55

They are very tolerant of soild pH but prefer it very slightly acid.  I would use 90% John Innes #3 with 10% ericaceous.  I have two growing in my borders in improved clay and they are doing well.  The berries will make your eyes water though!  'Superfruit' they may be but best mixed with other fruits and used in preserves or cooking in my opinion.  The autumn leaf colour is spectacular if rather short lived.

Plant ID

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 16:45

Yep birch, seed blown in by the wind.  Gets lots of them popping up in my pots here.

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.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
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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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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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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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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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