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What plant is this?

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 07:45

Looks like a hardy geranium to me - although it's looking very lush for this early in the year - is your garden in a lovely sheltered spot?

If I'm right it'll have some lovely pink or blue flowers later in the summer - post a pic of them and we'll know if I'm right   The bees will love it.

Help :(

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 07:42

One way to guarantee that they will survive is to sow another batch - it always works for me and I end up with twice as many as I need 

Help :(

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 07:40

We've all got our fingers crossed for you 

bulbs, daffs, tulips, hyacinths, alliums

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 07:39

I agree bookmonster.  I've always popped indoor forced hyacinths into the garden for the following year and they do flower, although not as showy as in the first year. 

Can't grow indoor ones now as they make OH a bit wheezy.

Last year I had some hyacinths in tubs outside - I treated them the same as I did the tulips in my post above, and then put them into tubs again, with violas etc for the winter - this spring the hyacinths have all bloomed again almost as well as in their first year 


Posted: 17/05/2013 at 07:34

Water pistol (our local garden centre sells pump action ones).

What plant is this?

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 07:22

Hard to tell at this distance but may be a hardy geranium - can we have a closer pic of the leaves please?

Weed or not?

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 07:21

It's hard to tell as the photo won't enlarge when I click on it - but I think you may have an aquilegia (pinky flower) - not a weed, and possibly some Alchemilla mollis in front of it - again not a weed.  Both can self-sow themselves all over the place but are not hard to keep control of.  

You've also got some other things there but I can't see what they are - can you take some closer up photos of the different shapes of leaves?

brown leaves on my broad beans

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 07:13

Probably chocolate spot - it's a fungus which enjoys wet overcrowded conditions - another year plant your beans a bit further apart.  

It's a nuisance and may reduce the yield but hopefully you should still get a crop and the beans will be perfectly edible.  

If your bean plants are flopping about a bit, try staking them with canes to allow air to flow between the plants - this will help reduce the spread.

And don't compost the bean plants - dry and burn them if you can or otherwise dispose of them. 

bulbs, daffs, tulips, hyacinths, alliums

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 06:59

I had some gorgeous deep rose pink tulips in a tub last year - after they flowered I dead headed them, fed them, let them die down and dried them off, keeping them loose in the cold frame  over the summer  while we did some major work on the garden - we planted the bulbs in the autumn and they've done really well this spring - flower heads not quite as bit as last year, but they've stood up to the weather better 

fruit trees

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 06:46

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