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Does this need pruning?

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 21:01

You need to prune off all of those shoots at the base of the trunk, Andrew.  They may be coming from the rootstock onto which the tree is grafted and if you let them grow they will take over to the detriment of the variety which has been grafted on to it.  As chicky says, leave it for a month though before pruning them off to avoid a possible Silver Leaf infection.

Gardener's World and the average gardener

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 10:14

I did the same David and quite agree.  I found my mind wandering during GW but not so during Beechgrove.

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.)

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Christmas has come early

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Oops!

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