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Weeds or flowers?

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 00:31

I'd get rid of the Wood Avens (no redeeming features and invasive) and Vetch (also invasive)  Don't know what the first one is, perhaps Leucanthemum seedlings so would keep until it grows enough to be recognised.  Doesn't look like a weed.

Leylandii

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 23:35

Mike, I'm sorry but I disagree and re-state that conifers have shallow roots systems.  The Encyclopedia Brittanica agrees: "Roots gather water and mineral nutrients from the soil and anchor and support the above-ground portions. Most conifers have rather shallow, if wide-spreading, root systems, making the trunks highly susceptible to wind and surface disturbance.":

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/132725/conifer/34724/Roots

It doesn't mean they can't damage foundations of course.

Leylandii

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 18:51

Borage or Comfrey would probably do OK (if they establish) as they have roots which go down a metre or more.  Conifers don't generally have deep roots which is why they tend to suck all of the moisture from the topsoil in the surrounding area.

Hibiscus dormancy

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 18:44

I bought 2 identical ones and kept them in identical conditions.  One of them didn't produce leaves until a whole month after the other one.  Both have now shed most of their leaves except for a few at the top.

I need a new clematis

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 18:34

If you can manage to upload a photo it will really help to identify the purple one.  If it looks like this (Polish Spirit):

http://www.taylorsclematis.co.uk/clematis-polish-spirit.html?&cat=252/283&gclid=CJTbnJnHmMECFbHHtAodZgEArQ

That's a Group 3 and you can hack those back as hard as you like and they will come back beautifully (if fact they should be cut down to about a foot high every year in late February.)

In general clematis don't do well in pots.  Having said that, there are a few modern ones which have been bred for doing that - see here:

http://www.raymondevisonclematis.com/main/guidesPatio.asp

 

Something has eaten the plastic lid of my slug pellets

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 18:28

Good idea Jane!  Metal containers like biscuit/sweet tins should be rodent-proof too, but I wouldn't put it past a determined one..

FG: I wouldn't put it exactly that way but rats are a menace in my garden - stables are only metres away and I think they are the main 'holding tank'.  It's either stop feeding the birds or continue to poison the rats, so any 'Darwin awards' they win themselves are a definite bonus!   I do worry about catching Lyme disease from their ticks, too.

Something has eaten the plastic lid of my slug pellets

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 18:18

I found a dead rat in my garden a few days ago.  When I went into my garage yesterday, I found that it had gnawed at the bottom of the wooden door to gain entry and then proceeded to chew it's way into a plastic container of rat poison before devouring the lot, including all of the small plastic packets within!

Quite a spectacular own goal really! 

Transplanting japanese acer

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 13:22

Trees of that size can be moved but only by using specialised machinery and it will be expensive.  This video shows how it's done:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqKTkYDMN3M

 

End of the season thoughts

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 18:41

Over the coming weeks and months I'll be revamping some borders, digging over the veg plots, removing some unwanted plants/shrubs/trees to make space for others (inc. a few overgrown agapanthus thugs, montbretia, hazel and a forsythia), planting some new young fruit trees and of course lots of tulips.  Also making a fairly large raised bed area full of ericaceous compost as a new home for all of my potted blueberries (too much effort watering those blummin' pots!)  Lots to do!  

I much prefer doing the hard work in the cold rather than the heat of summer.

Sawfly

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 18:13

Sawfly overwinter as pupae which hatch to the flying form in Spring.  The flies mate and then lay eggs on the bushes.  The chances are that there are pupae in the soil under the bushes, so when you move them dig over the soil where they were, stamp it flat and dig it over again.  Doing that a couple of times will probably kill all the pupae.  Remember to add manure or other fertilizer afterwards and before planting the strawberries in the area as the gooseberries will have used up most of what was in the soil under them.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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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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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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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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