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August oddities

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 21:53

I have a foxglove in flower which has a spike just 6 inches tall.  It doesn't look like it will get any bigger either.

What shall i do with a 'Hairy Onion'?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 19:39

Hi David, alliums can do this - some even normally grow mini-bulbs instead of seeds (look up walking onions) on their flower head.  They will grow if you plant them but whether they will grow enough to produce useful size onions before winter is another matter.

Instructions from start to finish on foxglove flowers

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 19:30

Plant them out now butterfly6.  They are as tough as old boots and will survive anything the winter can throw at them.  Planting now will allow them to grow a more substantial root system and will result in taller flower spikes next year.

Create a feature using top soil

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 17:07

Hi Maria and welcome!  How about raised flower and/or vegetable beds?

 

What would be your perfect day.

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 15:22

Waking up in the morning then realising that I don't have to go to work anymore as I'd retired.  Just a few years to go (I hope - never know with governments like this one!)

capsicum and caterpillars HELP NEEDED!!!

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 15:20

Once they get to that size, even nasty chemical sprays are pretty useless, let alone organic ones.  Hand picking and vigilance are your only effective weapon. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 15:16

There are 3 woodpigeons sitting on top of my row of runner beans and looking very sorry (and soggy) for themselves.  If they didn't scoff so much of the birdseed they might have been light enough to fly to somewhere more sheltered so I've little sympathy for these particular podgy pig(eon)s!

Momtbritia

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 14:06

I agree with Chimborazo.  The only way to get it flowering again is to dig out the choked mass of old corms, refresh the soil and replant the newest corms.  If you are going to all that trouble you may well as replace the montbretia with a much better behaved variety.  The common orange one is a real thug here on my clay soil and nothing will grow near it once it takes over. 

Whats happening?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 13:58

Just shows how changes in the path of the jet stream can affect things.  Great summer here but too dry even though just 30 miles away from my location they have had plenty of rain.  It was a warmer than normal winter then a very warm period followed by a cooler than normal start to the summer so many things got off to a flying start but then had their growth checked.  After that the sun went into overdrive but the rain stopped arriving, so it's been quite challenging.  All said and done, I've had excellent crops but some things are a bit behind (eg toms, beans.)

Our Silent Fliers.

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 13:43

Bees can see ultraviolet light which is invisible to us.  Flowers look very different to them - see these articles if interested:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11971274

Some normal/UV comparison photos here:

http://natureodes.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/see-like-a-bee-ultraviolet-flower-photography-2/

 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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Front garden revamp - before and after photos

Redsigning weedy crazy paving 
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