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geum mrs bradshaw

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 17:40

If you keep snipping off each bloom as soon as it has dropped it's petals, you can prolong the flowering season by quite some time as new buds will soon form.  If you allow seed pods to form, it will stop flowering.


What on my plant and how to solve it

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 15:28

Yes Red - the pests only affect the leaves and don't enter the soil.  What sort of plant is it?  Looks a bit like a pepper or chilli.

Blueberry Issues!

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 15:25

If the leaves still look good and healthy, it might just have got a bit dry at a critical stage when the fruit set.  If so, the crop will be poor this year but the bush should be fine.  If the leaves look a bit small or sick, then further investigation may be needed - I lost one of mine earlier this year as the pot had become a bit waterlogged - when I gave the stem a gentle tug, the bush came up and I could see most of the roots had rotted.  While they don't like drying out, waterlogging will kill them.  The other possibility if leaves are affected is vine weevil, but you'd probably need to tip it out of the pot to look for the C-shaped white grubs.

Broken guitar for gardening

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 15:18

Looks really great!  How about growing some string beans up it?

I'll get me coat!

What on my plant and how to solve it

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 15:13

Looks like greenfly (aphids.)  Easiest thing is to spray them with a dilute solution of washing-up liquid - just a few drops in a pint (0.5l) hand sprayer should do it.  Check once a week and spray again if necessary.


Posted: 01/06/2014 at 12:09

Giving advice on ventilation depends on where it's sited, but it is rather low in the container which won't be helping.  You can improve drainage by adding horticultural grit to the soil, so you could help with both things by gently digging the plant up (trying not to damage any roots), then mix enough grit in with the compost in the container so that the soil height is increased to about an inch below the top of the sides.  Then re-plant it and put the slate back on top.  The plant will then get a bit more air.

If you do that, it might be worth removing all of the soil from the container befor you mix in the grit and making sure there are plenty of drainage holes drilled into the bottom - those are absolutely crucial.



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.

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