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Lily of the Valley

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 11:20

From my experience, Lily of the valley has no 'mid ground';  It either won't establish and dies on you or decides to invade your garden taking no prisoners!  A bit like an awkward child really - you either can't get them into their bed at night or can't get them out of it in the morning!

Weeds!

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 21:03

My money is on the couch grass which nut suggested.  Gently dig down on one and see if the blade is connected to a horizontal white/brown root to confirm.  If so, you need to carefully remove all of that although spot treatment of the blades with glyphosate sometimes kills it.  If you break the root whilst cultivating the soil, each piece grows - it's almost as bad as bindweed in that way.

Food for blooms

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 20:49

For flowers (and fruit), you want a fertiliser with more Potassium (the K in NPK.)  Choose a general fertiliser with a quoted NPK (actually N:P:K) ratio of, say, 5:5:15 or similar.  Tomato feed is an easily available example.  If you are growing in the ground and have prepared the soil well by using manure or home made compost before planting, additional fertiliser is usually not needed, but growing in pots benefits after about 6 weeks as the fertiliser incorporated into multi-purpose compost is usually exhausted by then.  See the RHS advice to learn more about fertilisers, here:

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?PID=304

 

Buddleias

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 17:49

Take some cuttings from the bits that look OK.  A few weeks ago I simply pulled a few bits off of a variegated one I often walk by, stuck them in my coat pocket and planted in a 50/50 mix of grit and compost when I got home.  2 out of three have now rooted. 

New garden help identifying plants please!

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 17:43

1) ? possibly mahonia

2) Green alkanet (weed)

3) probably comfrey (useful weed)

4) & 5) young alkanet or comfrey or foxglove from self sown seed

6) might be self-sown love-in-a-mist

7) clover (the 3-lobed leaves) and possibly catnip seedlings

8) poppy seedlings (probably self-sown again)

9) likely bluebells

Not 100% sure of everything above though!

Brussels in raised beds

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 00:41

Sorry Matty, I did know but forgot!

Pinching Tomatoes

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 21:30

Yes, never pinch-out the main growing tip until the plants have reached the maximum height you want them to grow to.  If you accidentally break off the main shoot tip, leave just one side shoot and this will take over and become the new main stem. 

Honeysuckle losing leaves

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 20:22

All 'evergreen' plants lose their leaves, it's just that we rarely notice.  I think Hostafan's analysis is very likely spot-on and there's nothing to worry about.

Campanula Dying Back

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 18:39

Tip it out of its pot and check for vine weevil, Owen.  Overwatering could certainly be the problem, too.

What have I got here

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 20:13

Something just popped-up from the deep dark recesses - one of the Nicotianas, perhaps?

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ID trumpet flower

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Have you seen any bees yet? 
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New deliveries

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