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another ID please

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 08:52

hi wendy - I agree about the lovely first photo. Are they ox-eye daisies?

The dangers of gardening

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 11:56

WARNING! do not read this if you are of a squeamish disposition.

Minos, hope your recovery is not too lengthy or frustrating. 

What a sorry litany of misery, pain and embarrassment.

My worst gardening accident happened last spring, when I was shredding some shrub prunings and obviously wasn't concentrating on what I was doing. I was resting a hand on the outside edge of the plastic hopper of the shredder when a particularly inflexible branch that was shaped a bit like a walking stick came down on the third finger of my right hand and rubbed/pulled the fingertip pad away from the fingernail until it was connected only by the skin at the first joint, then neatly folded the nail in half.

Thought I was going to lose the end of the finger, but surgeon managed to save it (including nail). Several months of physio left me with a working finger (if a little stiff and with permanent pins and needles). End of finger looks as though it has been in a pencil sharpener. Fortunately, I'm left-handed.

I was back out in the garden within a couple of days, my right hand heavily bandaged and encased in a plastic bag to keep it clean.

No fool like an old one.

Is this blight?

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 07:29

Thanks to all of you for your advice and reassurance. Just off to order a copy of  'Idiot's guide to British weather'

Is this blight?

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 20:24

Oops! I must have missed it

Thanks nut and Dove and CG

Is this blight?

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 19:55

No frost. I wonder if over-zealous watering might have anything to do with it.

Is this blight?

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 19:53

Sorry, it might help if I post the photo


Is this blight?

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 19:50

I am growing potatoes in 4 bags. They started off in the greenhouse and were moved outside about a month ago. I have been topping up the compost as the leaves show and the bags are now pretty much full.

I have just noticed that some of the leaves are looking ropey.Is this the dreaded blight?

Please help with plant/tree ID

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 18:18

TallPoppy, the first is definitely a Chaenomeles, perhaps 'Pink Lady'.

Sorry, can't help with second

One probable weed, one possible keeper

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 13:01

Thanks again for your help nutcutlet

One probable weed, one possible keeper

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 12:50

Thanks Gardenmaiden, punkdoc, nutcutlet.

I assume that the Hellebore argutifolius is a seedling (although I have never grown it here). It may have come under the fence from neighbours garden. Am I right in thinking that it will not come true, and if so, is it likely to be worth keeping?

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Discussions started by keepitlive

Is this blight?

leaves on container-grown potatoes looking sickly 
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One probable weed, one possible keeper

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Two plant ID's please

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Last Post: 20/04/2015 at 17:27

Can anyone identify this please?

Creeping grass? 
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Last Post: 15/04/2015 at 11:45

Is it too late to plant out Buddleia davidii?

lant out young Buddleia davidii now or overwinter in cold g/h 
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Last Post: 27/10/2014 at 14:38

Collapsing Cosmos

Looking generally tired, foliage turning brown and crisp 
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Last Post: 25/09/2014 at 10:00

Private Messages

PM behaviour seems odd... or is it just me? 
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Last Post: 13/12/2014 at 20:39

First greenhouse - partition or not?

I would welcome advice on pros and cons of GH partition 
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Last Post: 07/09/2014 at 19:26

Unthrifty Eryngiums

Lower leaves turning yellow, then brown and dried 
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Can soft fruit bushes be transformed by pruning into cordons?

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Is this an Escallonia?

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Cannot send private messages

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Last Post: 10/01/2014 at 18:30

Tough shrub for shady, windy spot

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Last Post: 11/01/2014 at 19:56

Will chicken wire keep moles out of raised beds?

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What is this?

Unknown plant appeared last year, now going mad 
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