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Gloxinia

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 11:00

Looks like it's suffering from a bit of Botrytis (grey mould.)  I'd remove all dead and dying material and try and improve ventilation and drainage.  High humidity makes it worse.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 10:44

Looks great, OL!  Do I get the feeling your OH's 'golf course' is going to include many more 'hazards' in the future, as parts of it get commandeered for new plants by your good self?

Soil types

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 10:37

Is your soil light and sandy, clay-based or a good loam (ie looks like a John Innes No. 3 compost, if you've ever seen that)?

This forum

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 08:42

I agree, this forum has gone from strength to strength and members are a perfect mix of specialist, expert, experienced, 'weekend' and beginner gardeners.  It's that last word starting in 'g' which is the important one and a general sense of our love of gardening is what comes through on the forum, above all else.

Can I re-vitalise an old lilac tree ?

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 08:23

Yes, you can rejuvenate lilac by cutting back hard and it will grow back.  If it is multi-stemmed, the best way is to remove 1/3rd of the stems (oldest first) right back to the ground each year for 3 years.  As new growth won't flower for 2-3 years, doing that means you will still get some flowers each year.  If it has a single main trunk, you can cut that back to about 6-8 inches from the ground.  New stems will appear, but you won't see any flowers for 2-3 years.  The best time to do it is in early spring, so a bit late to do it this year but you could risk it, especially as you are considering removing it anyway.  When the new stems appear, prune out the weak spindly ones next Spring.  One word of warning though - hard pruning can make lilac throw up lots of suckers in the general area and these can be difficult to deal with.

Sweet Potatoes

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 00:10

Hi Teenrbee, I'm also trying them for the first time this year in a polytunnel.  I have the t&m duo offer - 6 of each type.  Impressive size plugs!  Mine came a couple of weeks ago and have been planted in the polytunnel border - I improved the soil (clay based) by adding lots of MP compost (about 50/50 soil/compost now, down to about 10 inches deep) and also some sharp sand as I read they like sandy soil.  It'll be interesting to compare notes as the season progresses so I'll keep an eye on this thread and may post some photos tomorrow - the plants look as though they are beginning to really take off now.

courgette woes

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 21:34
David K wrote (see)
Steve 309 wrote (see)

Don't slugs live in the soil some of the time?  In which case...

 

Keel slugs live underground all of the time.....feeding mostly on potatoes.

Feeding on my potatoes most of the time I reckon!

hibiscus or rose of sharon

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 21:09

On one of my holidays in Cornwall I saw that particular Hypericum had taken over the whole garden of a hotel I stayed at, Verdun.

courgette woes

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 20:56

Copper isn't perfect when it comes to deterring slugs.  It helps but determined large ones will still cross it if there's a favourite meal on the other side.  And as Steve alludes to, they can always burrow under the soil to get in..

ID Please

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 20:48

The tall ones in the first pic are delphiniums, Alan.  Just about to flower by the looks of it.

I'm not sure about the 2nd one - possibly daylilies (Hemerocallis) as the leaves of those are around for months before the flowers start appearing and they are quite rampant growers.

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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!

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DIY heated propagator

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