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Dicentra spectabilis - is yours up yet?

Posted: Yesterday at 23:37

I was brought up with the metric system at school but find it easy and beneficial to swap between that and imperial depending on the subject and who I am talking to.

Dicentra spectabilis - is yours up yet?

Posted: Yesterday at 18:59

About 2-3 feet tall - it'll get a lot bigger!

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Growing Raspberries - newbie

Posted: Yesterday at 18:54

Pruning is different.  Autumn types - all canes are cut down to the ground in early spring and the fruit appears on the new canes which grow the same season.  Summer types fruit only on the canes which grew last year and you prune only those canes down to the ground which have fruited, immediately they finish fruiting.

For your raspberries TC, if you get fruit on the new canes (which should be starting to grow now) in autumn, they are an autumn type.  If not, they are a summer type and you will get fruit next summer.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: Yesterday at 18:45

Earthed-up the spuds before a possible frost tonight, potted-on several dozen seedlings, split a couple of heucheras and took some cuttings just in case, did some weeding, watered and fed the blueberries hand-pollinated all of the apples and pears as a precaution - not all that many bees around today.   A Robin was following me all day and so closely that I nearly accidentally put my hand on it when reaching for the trowel by my side!

Can anyone identify this plant for me?

Posted: Yesterday at 18:35

I think it might be a Rowan tree sapling.

Black on leaves

Posted: Yesterday at 16:52

If you have any trees overhanging the affected evergreens, it may be black mould which forms on the sugary honeydew which aphids feeding on the tree leaves last summer dropped.  If so, all you can do it try and wash it off.

Beautifully Odd Foxglove

Posted: Yesterday at 16:40

They are nut.  Other plants where it is common are mentioned in the RHS link.

Tulip Envy

Posted: Yesterday at 16:37

Here are some of mine:

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 As you can see, I prefer singles but some doubles do find their way in!

Rain

Posted: Yesterday at 12:10

Well, the rain finally turned-up last night at 9pm but there was barely enough to dampen the pavement - just 0.3mm according to my weather station!   Plenty forecast for the next two weeks though but will have to get the hose out to some things this evening as they are wilting.

Giant Lupin Aphid

Posted: Yesterday at 12:04

Hoping you don't get infested again is your only choice if you aren't prepared to spray against this foreign invader which has no native predators.  Nothing to do with the tree I'm afraid as areas in the US where they originated get much hotter than it ever does here in the UK.

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Oops!

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