Latest posts by bobloes

Chilean Potato Vine

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 12:15

I would like to plant a solanum on a north facing wall and I know that is not recommended but has anyone done it and if so what were the results?  Thanks

Sowing Sweet Peas Now

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 09:28

For the first time I have sown sweet peas in pots (about a month ago) and they are doing well but I think I have to keep them away from frosts or is there a higher temperasture where they will be damage?  Of course now I have done the deed I ask myself what is the benefit when I assume an early sowing indoors in February would achieve the same results.  Any thoughts?  Thanks.

Rose Identification please

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 09:19

Thanks for the replies.  Your suggestions re visiting a website and inputting criteria is a better one than the restriction of viewing other peoples.  Already enthused about next year.  Cheers

Rose Identification please

Posted: 03/08/2016 at 18:12

Can anyone tell me what this rose bush is?  Thanks.

As a by the by does anyone know of a rose which is named something like "?????? Carpet"

Thanks for any help.


Posted: 03/08/2016 at 18:06

Lovely stuff.  Thanks to both


Posted: 03/08/2016 at 14:12

Hi All

I planted alliums for the first time this year (as ever a bit late) and they have finished flowering, the leaves have died back and the stalks are going brown.  I want to move them for next year.  Is it ok to store them in a dry light location or do they have to be put into dry peat or sand or whatever?  Should I plant them in their new location in the autumn or next spring?


Can you suggest a plant?

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 09:03

Thank you very much for all your time and suggestions.  I already have Hydrangea (trying hard to get one to go blue), fuchsia (Lady Boothby and others) and a range of Dahlias (mine seem not to flower until July but hold till october at least).  Really like the Marguerite, Rudbeckia and rose suggestions.  As a by the by I have tried germinating verbena bonariensis for the last three years.  Finally got one to grow this year but still waiting for a bloom.  And, yes, I know for eveybody else it sets seed like a weed - there may be the root of my problem......

Thanks again, looking forward to a colourful next summer.

Can you suggest a plant?

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 18:32

Hi All

Does anyone have a suggestion for a plant with the following characteristics?

Bright, mid-size to large size blooms which flower in the summer for at least three months.  Height to 1.5/2 metres, spread to max 1 metre.  I live by the sea in Weymouth so frost is not a big concern.  My soil is clay and reasonably neutral. 

Any suggestions very much appreciated.


Garlic Splitting?

Posted: 04/07/2016 at 22:18

Yes they have opened and this happened for the last couple of years and yes I have continued to use the cloves.  Maybe I am being too rigid about expecting them not to be ready until July given the changing climate.  However they have been pretty small but not down to 15mm!!  Cheers.

Garlic Splitting?

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 08:05

The last couple of years my garlic, planted in October and using the biggest cloves I could find has not been particularly large and has 'split' where it joins the main stem rather than that nice tight bulb which you get in the commercial stuff.  I have produced the tight bulb in previous years.  I live in Weymouth and the last two winters in particular have been wet and not frosty (rare down here).  Is there a standard reason for the 'splitting'?  The soil is clay and pretty well neutral ph.  Thanks.

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