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lilies growth differences

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 10:10

It's probably down to soil temperature, Robert.  Soil in pots warms up much more quickly than the ground, so the potted lilies get a head start.  Those in the ground will likely flower slightly later, so it will effectively extend the period when you can enjoy them!

blackfly

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 22:55

Lorraine, those are a specific kind of aphid called (not surprisingly) 'Lupin aphid':

http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=653

They are indeed huge and birds seem to avoid them too!

Apple Tree Leaf Disease

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 19:45

The white coating is likely powdery mildew.  Give the roots a feed, a good soaking then apply a mulch.  More from the RHS here:

http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=253

 

blackfly

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 19:38

The birds keep the green aphids down for me, but they don't seem to like blackfly around here.  Perhaps they taste nasty?  I'm not going to test that theory though!

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 19:34

5 yesterday, 7 today.

Plant ID's please

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 20:06

The 3rd picture might be a Michaelmas daisy.

Clematis ID please

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 19:09

I have 3 General Sikorski's and I've always treated them as Group 2, which is what they were labelled as.  However, experience shows that many clematis can be treated as different groups.  For example I only prune my Polish Spirit back to near the ground every two years, and that is universally labelled as a Group 3.  In year 1 after a hard prune it flowers late as a normal Group 3 does, but in the second year when I prune it as a Group 2, it flowers early (and twice.)  Grouping for 2 & 3 is somewhat arbitrary.

Transplanting japanese acer

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 18:54

You can re-pot or plant out acers (or any other potted plant/tree) at almost any time of the year, Geraldine.  Good advice from Verdun - place it somewhere where it won't get early morning sun, too (this will reduce damage if the young leaves ever get frosted.)

Blueberries

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 18:49

Hi Lorraine, it takes 2-3 years before you get a crop, unless you buy large potted plants which are already a couple of years old.  Great news that it's putting on lots of strong growth which is exactly what you want at this stage of its life.

Dead or alive?

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 20:25

Just found the recent thread on this:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/talkback/help-attaching-photos-from-an-ipad/326901.html

Check your version of iOS on the iPad - if you are on 7.1.1 it should work.

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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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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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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