Latest posts by BobTheGardener

DIY greenhouse

Posted: 25/09/2017 at 18:32

You'll get moisture no matter what you glaze it with - ventilation is the key so make sure you build in some vents.  This is especially important in summer as temperatures can climb very high and cook your plants if you're not careful.  Twinwall is excellent stuff and is easy to cut.  I used it on my coldframe which has lasted 20+ years and looks like it will last another 20!

Unknown fruit/seeds

Posted: 25/09/2017 at 18:25

Definitely not a clematis.  They may be passion fruit.

Weed or plant?

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 18:18

Solidago (aka Goldenrod.)

Does anyone recognise this pod?

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 13:57

I would just remove the pods - the plants are quite nice.  If you remove the flower heads after they die next year, there'll be no seed pods.

Hydrangea v blueberry

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 13:54

I would separate them.  The blueberries require a pH of around 4.5 which is quite acidic and they have very fine feeding roots near the surface which can easily be out-competed.  If thefruit are really small, they could even be bilberries which pack a lot of flavour into those tiny berries.

Seeking blueberry advice

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 13:49

I use a mix of ericaceous MPC with some JI ericaceous (which is too heavy to use on its own - I lost a few plants to root rot when I tried that) and a couple of large handfuls of composted bark.  I top-dress them every spring with the 'dregs' from the bottom of my comfrey tea making bucket - they seem to love that!

Autumn foliage on a Cupressus ?!

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 13:21

I did used to have a pony-tail many moons ago, but not I'm not Mr Flowerdew.

The moth will just have been hiding in there until the night came along.

The diseases which cause it are thought to be spread by aphids or other sap-suckers such as scale insects so keeping an eye out for those next year may help.

Seeking blueberry advice

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 13:15

Hi Dove, if you like large fruits, a couple I can recommend are Draper (early) and Legacy (mid.)  Bluecrop and Chandler are great.  34cm should be fine, certainly for a few years (my older and larger ones are now in 45cm pots.)  I have lots of varieties but they do all seem to flower for a long period so overlapping flowering times shouldn't be an issue.  I think some of them came from Fothergills long season mix which came as good strong plants. 

Autumn foliage on a Cupressus ?!

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 12:16

Follow the die-back along each branch and cut it out when you reach healthy wood.  Conifers won't sprout new growth from brown wood but there looks to be enough healthy foliage to grow over and cover the resulting gaps.  If the die-back continues after doing this, I'm afraid the tree is doomed and replacement is the only option.

Privet hedge dying

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 12:10

My best bet would be a fungal root infection, either honey fungus or phytophthora:

Treatments aren't available so the best bet is to remove all affected parts of the hedge plus the next unaffected one, as that is likely already infected.  The affected soil will need to be dug out and replaced unless you plant different species which are immune.  Not good news, I know.

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