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Posted: 26/09/2016 at 23:06

Drop dead gorgeous!

6" of top soil?

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 19:02

No need for subsoil at all Dan.  6" of topsoil will be ideal.

Small clear balls, are they eggs?

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 18:39

Yep, snails or slugs.  They can be clear or white but nearly always laid in clusters.  Good fish food if you have a pond, otherwise put them somewhere exposed for the birds, squish or black bin.


Posted: 26/09/2016 at 17:59

The scented colourful ones with large flowers (3+cm) you often see in GCs are C. persicum and are not hardy but do make fantastic houseplants (they are also easy from seed.)  They common hardy ones (C. coum and C. hederifolium) have small flowers (1-2cm) and only in pink and white.  There are some other hardy species - lots of all different types here:


Posted: 26/09/2016 at 16:13

Aym, you're getting mixed up with corm (a kind of root) and Coum, which is a particular species of cyclamen which flowers in early spring.

All cyclamen have corms, even tiny seedlings - if the ones you bought don't, they are not cyclamen!

Is it normal

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 14:17

What are the cuttings taken from?  Normally, you should remove at least half of the leaves from cuttings and I usually leave just two or three to keep it alive while the roots form.  Plants lose most of their water through the leaves (called transpiration) and without roots to bring in more water, cuttings will die.See here:

The example plant is a tomato but the same applies to anything with leaves.

How is your chilli harvest looking this year?

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 13:12

Bring it inside wakeshine - they can't take much cold but will keep going (all winter, probably) indoors.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 13:04

Cold and wet in Leics.  Typical as it's the first day of a week off!  Weds onward forecast looking better though. 

How can I win the wellies??

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 16:43

Try signing out and then back in to the forum.  I'm sure someone mentioned that doing that fixed it for them.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 16:36

Lovely day, a bit windy at times but got a lot done in the garden including a lot of shredding.  Also picked the last of my late blueberries, quite a few everbearing strawberries and a lot of Polka respberries.  My version of 'Eton mess' for tea tonight then!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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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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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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