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How can I tell if my Black bamboo is alive?

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 21:11

And it is very unlikely to shoot from the old canes, but should send up new shoots from the roots, once they are growing happily.  That may take a while though.

Please identify

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 22:29

My guess would be cleavers aka goosegrass and many other names.  Does it look like this?

http://www.downgardenservices.org.uk/cleavers.htm

You can just pull it up, but best to follow the stems down to the ground and pull the root out as the stems will just break off otherwise and it will grow (quickly!) again.

Blackspot & Roses

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 19:38

Horses for courses, rosemummy!  If they grow well in your garden they are wonderful, but if they don't, there's little sense in fighting nature! 

ID Please

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 19:34

Now you mention it, I had another look at a cleaned-up and resized image of the flowers at top right (see below) and I think they are aconitums, so keep trying with those delphinium seeds, Alan!

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/48181.jpg?width=350

Blackspot & Roses

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 19:18

An alternative is to give up growing roses - there are a huge number of alternative plants and shrubs which aren't so prone to pests and diseases, will look fantastic and don't need all that pampering.

Soil types

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 19:10

I agree with Fairygirl.  If you want to add a bit of ericaceous compost to the compost & FYM to ensure a slight acidity, it will last for a few years on that type of soil.  Not strictly necessary for the plants you mention as FG said, but worth knowing if you ever wanted to grow something like blueberries which do really need a low pH.

geum mrs bradshaw

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 23:20

Yes, just the very end as young flower buds often form an inch or two below the old flower.

springwatch

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 19:34

Hi nut, Springwatch has an upload page which should make it easy.

http://springupload.streamuk.com/

 

another mystery climber!

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 19:03
nutcutlet wrote (see)

http://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/black-bryony

Tamus communis, black bryony. Rather beautiful but don't eat it

Yep, defo.

new decked raised bed

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 21:50

KT!

Looks fantastic flumpy1!  I've rotated it for you:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/47781.jpg?width=518&height=350&mode=max

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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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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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

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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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

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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