Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Starlings not migrating

Posted: 16/12/2016 at 17:50

On a recent nature programme, it was mentioned that lots of birds that we call resident actually do migrate but the migration may be by only a few tens of miles further south.  They are then replaced by birds from a few miles further north.  Even robins and blackbirds do it, if I recall correctly so the ones you have in summer in your garden may not be the same ones you had in winter.

Advice on planting hedge

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 22:40

There's some excellent advice on this site:

They say 75cm apart for a dense hedge.  You will need to prepare the planting holes properly and feed and water them well for the first 2 years, so it will be a fair bit of work but this would apply to any kind of hedge if you want it to establish well.  After that it would be mainly just pruning with a feed every few years.

Potatoes in bags

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 19:53

Scab on potatoes is caused by a bacterium in the soil and is worse in alkaline soils.  Lime is often added to multi-purpose compost to reduce the natural acidity.  The chances are that the seed potatoes you used were already carrying some bacteria and the compost you used this year just happened to have more lime in it than usual.  I would buy your seed potatoes from another supplier next year and use a different brand of compost.  The chances are they'll be fine.

Show us yer baubles 2

Posted: 10/12/2016 at 15:14

Love your tree too, LB!

dormant plant id

Posted: 10/12/2016 at 14:00


Show us yer baubles 2

Posted: 10/12/2016 at 13:52


Show us yer baubles 2

Posted: 10/12/2016 at 12:14

Stage 1:

Show us yer baubles 2

Posted: 10/12/2016 at 11:47

Here's mine right now:

I've just put the lights up in the front garden and will be doing the (rather ancient!) fake tree next while the OH is at the hairdressers.  I'll post more photo's when it's complete!

dormant plant id

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 18:59

Does look like glad seed pods but they have quite small bulbs and the OP said it was huge so more likely a lily I would think.

Hollyhock and rust

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 18:53

Thanks nut, I always thought it was viral rather than fungal!  Just looked up the offending fungus on the RHS site and see it affects several other plants in the family.  They say get rid of all other susceptible plants if hollyhocks are your main 'thing':

I might try them again one year but, like black spot infected roses, I hate the sight of diseased plants and don't have enough border space to hide the worst affected parts so will probably resign them to the list of ne'er do wells!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Last Post: 14/05/2017 at 14:32

Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Last Post: 10/05/2017 at 20:19

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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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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