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Yellow poppy - is it Icelandic poppy?

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 18:58

I agree Forester - all of my welsh poppies (and there are hundreds!) are single and that one looks semi-double so likely a cross etc.  Worth keeping and seeing what the seeds produce. 80% of mine are yellow with the rest orange.

white mouse

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 18:58

As far as I can tell from the photo's, the white one has pink eyes which would point to it being a true albino (which have no colouration at all, anywhere on their body, due to a genetic aberration.)

Can a pear tree recover from rust?

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 18:45

Pear rust can't complete it's life-cycle without overwintering on other plants, specifically junipers.  If you have a juniper nearby, you could consider removing it which may help.  Having said that, a severe infection can result in cankers on the pear tree within which the rust will survive, so also check for any canker affected areas and prune them out.  More here:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/Advice/Profile?PID=236

 

BOX TREES

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 18:38

Hi Pinkpeony, it sounds like you have done everything right, assuming you also watered them regularly without overdoing it?

The issue may very well be due to the disease box blight which is now extremely common and, if so, there's little you can do about it unfortunately.  Have a look at this RHS link to see if the symptoms match:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=96

 

Cauliflowers problems

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 18:42

They do that in hot weather and/or if you lave them a bit too long after they are ready.  You can eat them though - it's not a disease.

A Fountain question!

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 23:05

Shame to have to buy extra bits though!  Sounds like you have another digging job on the cards for the sump - I remember your effort on the pond!

A Fountain question!

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 22:53

Sounds perfect - drill a hole in the bung to suit the diameter of whatever hose you can find to fit the pump (sounds like 1/2".)  Drilling rubber is easier said than done though!

You could also seal it in using silicone sealant which might be easier - shove a few inches of hose in, squirt some sealant all around the gap between hose and hole and wait a day for it to set.

A Fountain question!

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 22:36

Does the sphere have just a hole bored in it or is there some sort of connection at the bottom?  If the former, you need to seal the end of the hose from the pump into the hole at the bottom so water can only come out of the top.  I would have thought it would have a kind of bung for that.  If the latter, can you take a photo of the connection?

I'm assuming it is a low-power pump which is submerged in a sump below the ball and only has enough power so that water runs gently out of the hole at the top and down the outside of the sphere.  If it is meant to shoot water up to some height out of the top of the sphere, it won't need to be sealed at the bottom and you can just shove the hose up the hole so it is a few inches below the hole at the top.

A Fountain question!

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 22:12

They should come with all the parts you need and assembly instructions Steve, or did this one have a previous owner?

Plant (weed) identification 2

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 19:52

There are rather a lot in the carrot family (Apiaceae) which is what I think the 1st pic is but can't ID it exactly.  I think it's quite pretty so would keep it.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

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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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

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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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

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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