- mostly retired, live in Billericay , Essex
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Today at 08:29
What type of tree is it jennifer?
A photo of the tree and a close up of a leaf would be a big help
Yesterday at 20:50
I think the one in the 1st photo is phlox paniculata which will flower June ish to Sept. and is happy in full sun or with a little shade
The 2nd and 3rd look like cineraria which are often sold as pot plants and I don't think they;'ll like full sun all the time.
Yesterday at 20:41
I don't grow citrus but the signs are typical.
The necrosis on the leaves is because of what happened possibly weeks ago and will likely continue for while at least
I'd say let your plant recover and don't stress it - unless there's a citrus grower out there who has some experience and can advise
Yesterday at 20:36
btw - a Michaelmas-daisy is an aster
Yesterday at 18:28
either can be anywhere between about 2ft6 and 3ft6
Yesterday at 18:26
Euphorbia and anything else that has a milky sap.
I had a very nasty experience with rue yrs ago which left me breathless for several hours
Yesterday at 18:23
an aster or phlox maybe
Yesterday at 18:20
The first could well be a phlox
The second one looks like a Cineraria
Yesterday at 16:29
Sounds like they've had too many ferts.
Give them a flush - pour about a gallon of water through each pot - ideally rainwater, then let them recover. No more fertilizer.
My chili plants are about 18", very healthy and flowers opening. All they've had is a seaweed extract drench every couple of weeks.
I'll feed them with tomorite every 10 days once the first chili's begin to form. That's all they need.
If you've added Miracle Grow slow release, then you've given them all the feed they will need for 6 months. You could use seaweed extract every 10ish days if you like as it's a supplement, not a fertilizer.
If you're getting fungus gnats, then you're overwatering - chilli's prefer dry and hot, so only water when the pot starts to fee a bit light
Last edited: 25 May 2017 16:30:57
Yesterday at 14:29
What's the white stuff on top of the compost Steve?
First thoughts that sprang to mind were fertilizer burn, possibly spider mite or copious over-watering.
If you've been feeding, it would help to let us know with what.
Using a magnifying glass, have a look at the underside of the leaves with white dots, can you see any tiny almost transparent bugs?
Last edited: 25 May 2017 14:30:09
Yesterday at 14:21
Lemon verbena?See original post
leaves aren't right for LV - I've had one for years - similar shape, but not serrated and much lighter green and LV is a twiggy shrub that looks dead until early May then springs into life
and as for nut's suggestion - I can only agree with Dove ;) (and nut!)
Yesterday at 12:42
It looks familiar, I don't think it is willowherb, possibly some sort of verbena or veronica possibly, but as above, wait and see if there's someone who knows what it is
Yesterday at 10:57
Yes it does work with pigeons :)
Living very close to farmland and woodland they drive me mad! I was awake at 4:40 this morning - thanks to the pigeons and baby starlings - the noise would wake the dead!
Many years ago I had a large mirror on my bedroom wall that reflected my garden - it helped reduce the pigeon population by a few - but not enough to make a difference, so I've got a painting in its place now
But I'm often tempted to give it another go.......
Yesterday at 10:14
A good way to get our own back! Rather than sucking the life out of your plants they will decay and end up feeding your plants - that's a result!
I use a 500ml spray with tap water and 5-6 drops of washing up liquid as a spray
Yesterday at 10:11
The problem with mirrors is that the bird sees whatever is reflected in the mirror, which is usually nice view when in fact it's a lump of solid glass which sadly often results in a broken neck
Yesterday at 10:03
Yes, no problems with putting blackfly in the compost bin - best place for them :)
Soapy water is just a few drops of washing up liquid in a spray - but just a few drops is all that's needed.
2 days ago at 14:28
If you can find coco coir that will suit perfectly as a medium for seedlings and mature plants. Beware that some cheap stuff isn't washed properly and contains salt.
Coir contains no nutrients or trace minerals for your plants, so you will need to start feeding them from about 4 days after germination with a very weak fed - ideally one that's suited for seedlings
As far as ferts go I believe hydro ferts are quite different to the usual ferts for soil/compost.
That said, my Mum grew tomatoes back in the 1960's using hydro with clay pebbles and I very much doubt there were dedicated hydro ferts so many years ago, she always used Tomorite - I really can't remember if it was successful
There's only one way to find out if it works..
Last edited: 24 May 2017 14:32:14
2 days ago at 10:29
The 2nd one is a celosia
2 days ago at 09:50
hmm - slugs never seem to eat the tender young shoots of its wild relative - bindweed
It's been so dry this year I've had almost no slug damage to anything....yet
3 days ago at 14:32
I haven't read the full thread (I was eating my lunch..)
I used to use a water scarecrow to keep the herons away from my pond.
It did work and would almost certainly scare a cat away.
As soon as it triggers, sending out pulses of water about 25ft over a wide arc, the hissing sound of the jets of water would scare most creatures before they got soaked.
But beware - I've forgotten the number of times I've walked down the garden and got a soaking walking past the pond.
A fun trick to play on visitors too :)