Latest posts by BobTheGardener

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

Very tall flowers, could you name them please.

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 10:34

A prime candidate for the 'Chelsea chop' next year?  Doing that might keep them down to a more reasonable height and produce more flower heads.

Wildlife pond

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 19:42

Superb - looks like it has been there for decades, not months!

Can anyone help me identify this plant

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 19:36

It look familiar but can't quite put my finger on it.  One of the erigerons, perhaps?

Grow your own bamboo canes

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 18:03

I also use them, Richard.  Dry them out completely before use, somewhere under cover if you can.  I don't think they'd take root but they do rot quickly unless dried out first.  I leave mine in a dry shed over the winter and use them the next spring.

Try again for I.D

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 17:43

Are you in the US, Jay?  If so they are native in the south there so it could be a gift from the birds.  Otherwise it may have been a stray bulb mixed with the others you bought.

Fungal disease Laurel

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 17:36

The vast majority of fungi only grow on dead wood so the chances are the heartwood of the affected branches is already rotten, perhaps due to water ingress into a previously damaged area or joint.  If you cut it back into healthy wood (which isn't stained - you can tell when you cut it), it should survive.  The good news is that laurel regenerates rapidly and you can cut them back almost to the ground and they will grow again.

Large shrubs dying in one part of my garden

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 17:22

It could be the dreaded Honey fungus or Phytophthora root rot.  Inspect the base/roots of the affected shrubs to see if you can find any signs:

Strawberry with lacy leaves

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 16:23

Not 100% certain about this species but most sawfly do pupate in the soil beneath their food plant so it's just precautionary advice really.

Strawberry with lacy leaves

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 16:08

Any you miss may pupate in the soil so I would wash the soil from the roots once the runners have been rooted and detached, before re-potting or planting out.

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