BobTheGardener


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Agapanthus

Posted: Yesterday at 18:42

Just shows the difference a hundred or so miles further north makes Hosta - my deciduous ones (in Leics) are just tentatively beginning to poke their first leaves above ground in the border.

Trying to find what animal is visiting my garden

Posted: Yesterday at 17:22

I've found the manual online for that model Philippa.  Check that you have the motion sensor set to 'high' and aim the camera at an angle towards the ground so that it has a better chance of catching the hogs moving.  Also set the 'shot lag' to the minimum of 5s.

Last edited: 25 March 2017 17:22:49

I hate vine weevils!

Posted: Yesterday at 17:00

You are safe, those are indeed maggots of some fly (might even be a goodie) and not vine weevil grubs, which have a distinctive C shape when disturbed like that.

Can this rosemary be revived with a hard prune?

Posted: Yesterday at 13:24

Cutting back to healthy looking new shoots would be ideal but as long as there is live growth you should be ok.  Definitely take cuttings as insurance - root them in gritty compost which is kept damp but never allowed to get too wet or dry out and you should be OK.  Also try rooting a few cuttings in water (change every day or two and keep out of direct sun) as some folk have more success doing that before potting into gritty compost.


Edit: yes, removing and replacing the top layer of compost and feeding will help, but watch the watering as the roots can rot if kept too wet.

Last edited: 25 March 2017 13:26:59

How should I prune these roses?

Posted: Yesterday at 13:17

Do you know what type of roses those tall ones are?   If they are getting in the way then most roses will happily regenerate if you cut them back to about knee height although on some types you will lose flowers for this year.

Can this rosemary be revived with a hard prune?

Posted: Yesterday at 13:13

Agree Topbird, best not to go mad with the pruning and it does look a bit undernourished.

What to grow in a narrow border?

Posted: Yesterday at 13:09

If you could put some support like trellis or wires on the fence, you could grow clematis or other climbers.

Can this rosemary be revived with a hard prune?

Posted: Yesterday at 12:50

Yes, but always prune back to just above green shoots as it's unlikely to sprout from bare wood.  Take out any obviously dead wood before you start to prune back.

Best flowering dwarf plants

Posted: Yesterday at 12:46

You could try primula for spring colour as well as bulbs like narcissus and tulips.  Those are all perennial so will come back.  If you don't mind buying bedding plants each year, there are lots to choose from which will last all summer such as pelargoniums which come in all of the colours you like, too.

Mystery Plants

Posted: Yesterday at 12:12

Yes, agree with Spanish bluebells for the latest pic.  They're as bad as grape hyacinths for their invasive habits.  I'd have 'em out.

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Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Don't think netting will work 
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No real rain here for weeks 
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They're about now! 
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New trees 
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Thieving rodents 
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Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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