BobTheGardener


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Help identifying plants!

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 22:14

The first one is Thale Cress rather than one of the Bitter Cresses.  One of the fastest growing plants there is - from germination to seed production in 4-6 weeks!

Dahlias

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 21:46

I'm hardening off mine now and will be planting them out next weekend (Leics.)

Know Your Enemy

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 21:41

The one on the left and bottom pic is a willowherb.  Not sure about the one on the right - looks a bit like a dock but those have long tap roots (which will grow again if you don't dig them out completely.)

Weed or flower

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 21:38

I think willowherb too.

Prize peony

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 21:15

Sounds like a tree peony.  You can plant potted plants at any time.  The RHS advice is really for bare-root plants which is often how tree peonies are supplied.


Mine do best in part shade in poorish soil, so no need to add anything when planting it.

Last edited: 22 May 2016 21:17:32

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 20:57

Finally got the tomatoes planted in the greenhouse - 24 in all.  It took ages as I had to keep ferrying other things around - you know the drill!  Repotted lots of sweet peppers and chillies into slightly larger pots - I find they do far better if potted on 2-3 times before going into their final one.  Pulled-up most of the forget-me-nots before they go to seed.  Did lots of weeding.  Garden is quickly turning into a jungle - everything is growing so fast now!


Also spotted a Pied Wagtail on top of the runner bean frame, the first time I have ever seen one anywhere!

Ericaceous Soil Waterlogged

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 17:29

Yes, that would be OK I should think Helen.  It might be an idea to add some multi-purpose compost to lighten it up while you are mixing the grit in.  Soil-based composts are on the heavy side.

Ericaceous Soil Waterlogged

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 16:31

I agree, repot and mix in some grit or even composted bark.  Some ericaceous composts are a bit heavy and hold too much water which can cause roots to rot.  I lost a blueberry like that a few years ago.

Blueberry and goji berry

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 16:23

The blueberry sounds fine - just keep repotting using ericaceous compost as it grows and finally into a 50 or 60cm pot for its permanent home.  I have Goji berries planted into the ground and they are about 4 years old now.  They finally flowered last year but no fruit set.  I've read that they need poor soil to fruit and think mine may be too rich (it's improved clay) so may give up on them if no fruit forms this year.  I would also like to hear from anyone who is successfully growing Goji.

Deformed Cherries

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 15:01

Looks remarkably like a disease which affect plums called 'pocket plum'.  There is a variety of this fungus (Taphrina padi) which affects bird cherry but I've not heard of it affecting sweet cherries.

Last edited: 22 May 2016 15:01:25

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