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please-can-anyone-id-this-plant

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 17:27

The acid/alkaline things you've probably read are for the type which can have blue or pink flowers, depending on soil acidity.  I think you should just use a well-balanced mix for yours, so stuff from your compost bin is probably ideal.

new-here

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 16:17

Hi Michelle,  Welcome and I'm sure you'll get all the help you need here (except maybe getting someone to do the digging for you!)

WILDLIFE PICTURES

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 16:15

Thought I'd bump this tread with a new piccy - an unusual trio just taken:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/29174.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 All basking on a Kiwi leaf.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 16:06

Dahlias, penstemons and echinacea are showing themselves off rght now.  Many clematis in their second flush and antirrhinums still going strong:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/29169.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 Above are 'giant hybrids' sown this spring - now 3-6 feet tall!

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/29170.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/29171.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 Just planted out 40 leeks but kept having breaks to sit down and admire nature in all her glory!  

 

unsure-what-plant-this-is

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 15:32

Looks like a Wisteria.  Now is the time to do some pruning, cutting back the long rapidly growing thin shoots to about 6 or 7 leaves, unless you want to extend it in which case tie them in to the area to want the wisteria to spread to.  You should cut these same shoots back further (to 2 or 3 buds) in February.  That will keep it under control and enhance flowering.

charlotte-potatoes

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 14:07

Remember to check the sack regularly too - if any go bad, the rot will quickly spread to any others which are touching it.

advice-please-re-my-tomato-plants

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 14:01

As a conservatory generally keeps warmer than an unheated greenhouse, I think you'll probably get a few fruits if they set now but it will be close!  If any trusses set, I would nip off all other flowers and growing points on those particular plants so they can concentrate all of their energy into ripening a few fruits.

syrphid-fly-larvae

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 12:26

About half of all UK hoverfly larvae prey on aphids - they are very beneficial in the garden.  I have thousands at the moment in the garden and most of the aphids now seem to be gone.  It's a pity they don't appear earlier in the year but I suppose that's when ladybirds usually do the business (although I've seen very few of those in my garden this year.)

advice-please-re-my-tomato-plants

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 12:04

Probably lack of pollination, Tattiana.  They are self-pollinating but need a bit of help which is usually provided by the wind or insects when outside.  Indoors, you need to tap the stems with your hand daily to help distribute the pollen.

fuchsia-with-few-flowers

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 11:51

I would be tempted to replace it with another variety, Panoply.  There are a profusion of hardy fuchsias these days with better 'manners'!

Look for those with an RHS AGM.

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