Latest posts by Obelixx

Dots on Laburnum leaves

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 12:35

Looks like one of the rusts which are caused by fungal spores.   As it is late in teh season and the leaves will fall soon I don't think it's anything to worry about but I would suggest your sweep up the leaves as they fall and burn or bin them.  Do not put them on the compost heap or use to make leaf mold.  I don't think there are any other effective controls for this problem other than good plant care.

You can fork loosely around the base of the tree and under its canopy once the leaves have fallen and work in a handful or two of bonemeal for root growth and general plant health and then, in spring, give it a high potassium feed for roses or tomatoes or just potassium (K) if you can get it.  This will promote good flowers without the nitrogen levels encouraging too much soft leaf growth which rust spores will enjoy.

You can find out more on the RHS site - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=756 


Posted: 19/09/2017 at 12:27

Hebe Silver Queen - evergreen variegated foliage and purple flowers in summer.  Likes good drainage and a sunny, sheltered spot and is ideal for pots.   A row of 3 would be quite striking.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 12:22

Exciting isn't it LG.  I am currently pondering 2 stems of climbing aster I was given as cuttings on Sunday.   All the info I can find says division so this is going to be an interesting experiment.

Just had a mail from someone I met on Sunday at the garden visits inviting us to go and see their garden and another nearby on Friday.   That'll be interesting as they've had the same drought as us this last year and watched rain passing by.   However there's are well established whereas ours is hardly begun.

Busy - you are being very busy!   Hope your visit went well today.

Last weeks GW Montys garden

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 12:17

Tithonia - Mexican sunflower.  An annual which needs full sun and well drained soil.  Seeds available form Chiltern's, Suttons, Sarah Raven etc.  Check out their sites and take your pick on price.

Michelmus Daisys

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 12:15

It's probably mildew which is caused by excess dry or excess moisture and/or poor ventilation.

Some varieties are more prone to it than others.   Do you know what yours is?

Plant now or overwitner

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 11:05

They'll root fine if your fork over the intended area and work in some well rotted compost or manure to help break up the clay.  Water well before you take them out of their pots, tease out the roots to encourage outward growth and water well after planting.

Word of warning tho - Hot Lips is not very hardy so needs a sheltered spot.  I'd advise taking cuttings as a back up in case you have a hard winter.  Might be best to check if it's pot bound and then just pot into a bigger pot and keep it sheltered form frosts in a greenhouse or conservatory and plant out next spring.

please identify this plant

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 11:01

Looks like plumbago, botanical name ceratostigma.

Info on habit and cultivation here if you fancy growing some in your garden - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/104459/Ceratostigma-willmottianum-Forest-Blue-Lice-(PBR)/Details 

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 09:23

pdoc - I believe M&S and the Post Office give the best exchange rates and you can also use the hole in the wall with your Maestro card if you fall short of cash.

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 09:21

Yes, that is a consideration.  I have a whole set of poly-filled pillows in case we have guests with allergy problems but they just have to cope with dogs and cats..

Last edited: 19 September 2017 09:22:24

Plum tree

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 09:20

It's more likely frost problems which either kill the flowers before they've been pollinated or else make it too cold for the pollinators to fly and visit your blossom.

If the other trees are producing fruit it may just be that they flower at a slightly different time and escape frost problems or else they have other pollinator plants around them to attract the insects to lurk in their corner rather than yours.   Try under planting yours with bulbs and early spring flowers which will provide pollen and nectar to feed the pollinators and entice them towards your fruit trees.

A mahonia shrub will provide food over winter and early spring and then snowdrops, crocuses, hellebores and narcissus will continue the food supply and encourage pollinators to hang about for your fruit trees.

Discussions started by Obelixx

Taxonomists and name changes

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