Latest posts by fidgetbones

Aquillegia problems??

Posted: 03/05/2017 at 20:54

There is a problem with aquilegia  downy mildew. The National collection has been devastated. More info here..

Clematis Montana

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 20:41

Go on, slaughter it. You know you want to.

Quick question for the composting experts

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 20:40

If it is wet enough, the cardboard will break down, unless you use the coloured shiny sort.  If you do not have a lot of compostable material, a worm bin may be a better option than a large compost bin.  If you use newspaper strips instead of cardboard, it would be easier. You only need it to stop all green stuff from going slimy.  for instance, if you only have grass cuttings, it ends up as a slimy mess. Mixing ripped up paper in there keeps air spaces in and it doesn't go slimy.

Barnsley Baby leaf problem

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 18:39

Some sort of leaf miner , I think. Give it a spray with a systemic insecticide such as Provado ultimate bug killer. Do not spray any plants that are near to flowering, or already flowering as it will kill bees.

Banana tree

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 17:34

Mine has no leaves at all. I cut them off for the winter to enable storage. There is a new leaf coming right from the centre of the stem. Bananas are herbaceous , not woody trees.  If the leaf is tatty, cut it off. Feed it and water it well.

Grass cuttings as mulch for potatoes

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 20:35

They will work but can encourage slugs.

Best lonicera we ever had....

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 20:18

It looks very similar to Graham Thomas, but much earlier flowering. Mine has not got buds yet.

Plants for Poor thin soil on builders rubble

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 20:17

Lavender will relish poor soil with good drainage.

Lemon tree

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 20:07

I get a few usable lemons of of mine. I picked one last week. It is kept in a frost free greenhouse over winter.

Last edited: 01 May 2017 20:08:04

Help identification for these plants please

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 20:06

Bad case of lollipopping instead of pruning.

Could you put a close up of each of the leaves. The shape of the bush is not true and does not help.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

Pitcher or Burr Knot Apple trees.

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Post your photos, lets see all the variations. 
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What the chuff have you done to it? 
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Grow your own flowers for the house. 
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