BobTheGardener


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Plant identification

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 21:58

The flowers can be quite pretty but don't let it seed as they blow everywhere (which is probably how it arrived!)

Osteospurmum

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 21:55

They are tender perennials Aym and will often come again after a mild winter.  Some are very tender though and will only last the summer in this country (they are native to south Africa.)

Last edited: 08 June 2016 21:56:21

Apple tree leaves

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 21:49

I would also pinch off the worst affected tips and this will also act as 'summer pruning' which will encourage more fruiting spurs to develop for the future.

Common 'short' poppy?

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 21:46

No, you have a genetic variation there, aka a mutant.

Please help me know what I've planted!?

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 21:44

The first one could be a primula of some kind.

Little fly-type critters

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 21:40

I'm pretty sure those are fungus gnats (sciarid flies) and you generally only see them in pots indoors.


Have a look at this site for some ideas on control but they don't cause much damage other than to very small seedlings.


http://www.ladybirdplantcare.co.uk/sciarid_fly.html

Last edited: 08 June 2016 21:40:50

Lawn weed

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 20:00

Yep, commonly known a "Fox and cubs" and "Orange hawkweed".  Spreads by runners just under the surface and by seed.  Quite pretty but difficult to get rid once you have it.  It's one of the few native flowers which are orange.

Last edited: 08 June 2016 20:01:25

Lupins and woolly aphids

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 22:04

Like lily beetles, the problem with (american) lupin aphid is that it's an introduced species so there are few if any natural predators.  The ladybirds and blue tits around here gobble-up greenfly and other native aphids but they completely shun lupin aphid.  I've even transferred ladybird lavae onto infected plants but they crawled off of the plants within minutes.

What plant is this

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 21:01

The star-shaped growth on the soil surface is liverwort which indicates poor drainage and is probably essential for your orchids to thrive.  The lilies will probably die in those conditions but I'd sooner keep the orchids!


The poor drainage would also make the Marsh orchid the most likely suspect as has already been suggested.

Last edited: 07 June 2016 21:03:49

Earth / Soil Advice

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 21:39

Hamish, the best way to improve the soil is to put down 2-3 inches of well-rotted farmyard manure.  The bagged stuff (eg Grosure) available from garden centres is very good stuff.  You can dig it in or just lay it on the soil and let the worms do the work but that obviously takes longer.  One thing to be wary of when raising the soil level near a fence is that the bottom of the fence will rot so you need to put something there to retain the soil such as decking boards laid on edge and screwed to 2x2" wooden stakes hammered into the ground.  A wooden retaining edge like that would last for maybe 10 years.

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