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Latest posts by Tomsk

Identify a yellow flower from a bulb

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 16:00

I was in Lidl today and noticed in their leaflets that they'll be having more bulbs on 4th September, including premium daffodils.

Today there was loads of premium tulips, with a few premium hyacinths left over from last week.

Identify a yellow flower from a bulb

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 09:15

Lidl have premium tulip bulbs again tomorrow, with the best thing being the price reduced to £1.79 for a pack of 8-10 bulbs. Get them before they sell out!

The ones I got last year appear to be 'Helmar'.

http://www.lidl.co.uk/en/our-offers-2491.htm?action=showDetail&id=16078

Tomatoes

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 12:14

This is the first year I've grown tomatoes, and I transplanted them into the soil far too late, but I'm also a bit disappointed at their progress. I have a fair few fruits lower down and lots of yellow flowers from the middle upward (or did until last week's heavy hail storm knocked a lot of them off) but they seem to be growing more slowly than I expected, with none close to ripening yet, despite the good weather.

There must be something funny with my garden because even my daffs and tulips only flowered in May, despite being planted last September and October.

I'm looking forward to tasting my tomatoes though, and seeing if soup tastes better than using supermarket tomatoes.

Pruning tomato vines

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 10:01

Thanks for the replies. I've given my plants a good pruning and can now get a watering can under them again!

 

Shame the hot summer weather seems to have ended, but it's been a great year. Just a shame I planted my tomatoes so late and missed out a bit.

Tomato problems

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 09:59

My tomatoes have changed like this too, following an absolute *pounding* by hail last week. I'd never seen anything like it!

There are even 'chips' knocked out of the vines themselves, and a load of yellow flowers knocked clean off the plants.

This is the first year I've planted tomatoes, and I planted them rather late. None have ripened yet, with most fruits still being about an inch across. So now that the weather has changed, will this slow down growth? I'd be disappointed if just as I get a load of fruits growing on my vines, they all die off because of the cold.

Pruning tomato vines

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 20:01

Are you supposed to prune side shoots from tomato vines, or just suckers?

The side shoots that only produce leaves can become very bushy, stop air and light getting into the plant and make it harder to get the rose of your watering can right into the plants, so should you prune them or does their photosynthesis help the fruits grow?

Are there any rules to which side shoots are safe to remove. for example, do fruits only benefit from leaves either beneath or above them on the vine, or only leaves close to a truss are useful, etc?

Unknown spiny-leaved plant

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 16:53

Sorry, I think spiny was the wrong word to use. When they turn green, they look a bit like the tops of pineapples.

But there's no sign of any stem growing from the centre, just leaves with a hole in the middle where one (presumably) should be. I haven't been able to take a good picture of them, but here's a couple more. This plant has one missing leaf (compared to the other one) and one stubby one that hasn't grown like the others for some reason. You can also see another shoot to the right that appeared much later than the others, and this is still purple but starting to turn green:

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/54097.jpg?width=350

 

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/54098.jpg?width=350

 

Unknown spiny-leaved plant

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 20:28

Yes, I'm pretty sure they were bulbs I planted, but I don't remember what they were.

These two have been growing for many months now, but there's no sign of any flowers, just leaves. Whatever they are, I'm sure I bought them expecting to get flowers.

I've just googled Eucomis and some photos to look very similar. They also seem to flower later in the year, so these may well be what I have, and I still have something to look forward to!

Unknown spiny-leaved plant

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 18:55

Can anyone identify this plant. When the shoots appear, they're purple, but then it grows into this green plant with spiny leaves. I think they were planted in the spring, but can't remember what they were. There are no signs of flowers, but I wouldn't have bought something I didn't expect to flower, so will it flower eventually? The leaves are quite soft and limp, with many of the larger ones buckling under their own weight.

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/53824.jpg?width=350

 

Split tomato vine

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 17:55

Thanks for the replies. Glad to know I haven't lost the plant.

I have it supported by string tied to a couple of stakes, but I'll have to keep an eye on it and see whether the split gets any worse.

Discussions started by Tomsk

Curly dahlias

Dahlias growing curled and folded. 
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Too much leaf, not enough flower!

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Multiple daffodil shoots

What are the extra non-flowering shoots on my daffs? 
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Forcing a flower to bloom

Any way of forcing a cut flower to open up? 
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Exposing roots to sun light

Transparent pots - good or bad idea? 
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Storing bulbs

Best way to look after old bulbs and remove them from temporary soil 
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Carrots

Any tips for growing carrots for the first time? 
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Daff & tulip shoots already?

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Protecting a planter over winter

How to protect from cats' mess and anything else? 
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Tomatoes - End of season

What to do with vines once they're finished for the year? 
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Pruning tomato vines

How much is too much? 
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Unknown spiny-leaved plant

Help identify this non-flowering green plant? 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 17:26

Split tomato vine

Unsupported plant collapsed, leaving split vine branch 
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Spiders

Are they harmful to plants? 
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Growing basil and other herbs

What time of year to plant, how long do they last? 
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