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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 08:13

Morning all.  Stacey - make sure you get rid of every last crocosomia bulb before you plant those agapanthus!  I made the mistake of growing them near to each other and now have part of a bed where they have completely intermingled.  Now neither flower well and as both of these plants have thuggish root behaviour, it impossible to remove the crocosomia and just leave the agapanthus (Headbourne H.) 

Only thing for it is to remove them both completely - no mean feat with 1 square metre of top growth - that means the agapanthus roots will cover twice that area!

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Yes they are lovely steamed KEF (not that I get to eat them often - don't really fancy them after being smothered in blackfly!)

is this a blackcurrant?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 18:01

Yes nut but can be a bit sharp!

Supposed to be very good for you - high in anti-oxidants.

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 17:29

Like most folk I normally nip out the tips of my broad beans at the first sign of blackfly aphids but decided to leave them this year as there were lots of ladybirds and their larvae on them.  This is the result after just one week:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52367.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

So, no more blackfly and lots more ladybirds for the future: a win-win situation!

is this a blackcurrant?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 17:15

The leaves look wrong for blackcurrent - I think it's a Ribes (flowering current.)

Here's a pic of the leaves on my Ribes Aureum:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52366.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

The berries are edible but usually not very nice.

Talkback: Monty Don and Gardeners' World

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 16:51

You might be right about the 'talkback' stuff nut - a right mixed bag!

Talkback: Monty Don and Gardeners' World

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 16:47

When someone leaves this site (ie unregisters), they become "gardeners world web user".  A lot of the disjointed stuff is because some members have been banned and all of their posts have been permanently removed.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 16:39

The Salvia patens and tree lillies are showing themselves off today:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52354.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52357.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

Just noticed the sparrowhawk on the roof behind the lilies (which are taller than me!) No wonder the birds are a bit sparse today!

Bilberry plants or berries

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 16:13

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52351.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

Here it is!

 

Plum trees struggling?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 16:03

They don't look too bad to me Jonathan and are probably still establishing.  I recommend feeding them in late Winter by lifting the mulch matting and sprinkling a couple of handfuls of fish, blood and bone around the base, then a 2-4 inch layer of compost (prevent that from touching the trunk though.)  I'm not a great believer in using matting - a covering of compost topped with chipped bark would be healthier for them.  Grass will compete heavily with a young tree so it's important to keep a circle of about 3 feet diameter clear of grass and weeds.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Watering dried-out pots

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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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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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