Latest posts by BobTheGardener

My flowers ..

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 22:23

This is a close-up of one of my delphiniums.  Each flower is about 5cm across:

I'm going to try and propagate it as it's in a stand of purple ones!

Help! - What's eating my Catalpa?

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 18:51

I suspect it may be caterpillars eating the leaves, or even snails which love climbing things in wet weather.  I find a lot of them hidden in the foliage of clematis and ivy at the top of a 6 foot fence.

Last edited: 11 July 2016 18:51:53

What's wrong with this Hydrangea?

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 18:43

It's a leaf spot fungus.  There are several possible fungi which can cause this but it usually only affects them during prolonged spells of wet weather.  They usually grow out of it drier weather but I would remove the worst affected leaves so spores don't fall on new foliage and make sure you don't over-water, watering only onto the soil and not the leaves.  As it's an ornamental plant you could also try a general fungicide such as Rose Clear or Fungus Fighter ready mixed sprays.

Cutting ID

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 16:56

Aha, I think you're onto something there nut!  I do indeed remember cutting back a callicarpa and would no doubt have used the offcuts as cuttings!

Cutting ID

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 16:36

Hi all, I took several cuttings about 18 months ago and thought they were of my Philadelphus 'virginal' but they have unexpectedly flowered in their pots and the flowers look nothing like the shrub I thought I'd taken them from!  Any idea what they could be?  I have a few Virburnums but they don't really look like any of those either.  I have 5 pots all the same so it's not an interloper!

Last edited: 11 July 2016 16:37:19

Cos Lettuce

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 15:26

It's all down to the variety and growing conditions.  Cos is a type (more properly called 'romaine'.)  Grow them in rich soil which never dries out (which will cause bolting.)  The faster you can make them grow, the better they will be.  Sow a few every two weeks so you have a constant supply.

Morning Glory

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 15:11

Yep, they are relatively late flowerers but once they get going they can be magnificent.


Posted: 11/07/2016 at 14:45

Sarah, if you find you can't stop them falling apart before they are actually cooked you can steam them.  Not many folk use pressure cookers these days (they seem to have fallen from fashion) but they are still the best way of cooking fresh veg.  Potatoes done in about 5 minutes and no falling apart, no matter what variety.

Morning Glory

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 13:48

I would sheps.  That will encourage them to produce side shoots further down.

Pear Tree leaves

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 13:38

All 4 of my young pear trees are badly affected James and one has it on every leaf like yours.  On that tree, I'm going to try using scissors to cut the affected part of each leaf off (if the spots are near the tip) and will remove the whole leaf if the spots are near the base.  That way there will at least be some leaf area left.  It's important to remove them before the underneath starts producing a lumpy growth as it is that which releases more spores.

As I have no young pears growing, I'm tempted to also spray with a fungicide although those shouldn't be used on edible crops but I would hope the chemicals would be gone by next spring..

Last edited: 11 July 2016 13:39:43

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