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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Fuchsia identification

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 18:29

As the flowers in the pics are 2" long, they are almost certainly semi-hardy types as are nearly all large-flowered fuchsias.

Potted Climber for a Shady Wall

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 18:25

Lots of clematis grow perfectly well in shade but most don't like pots unless they are very large and deep.  However, modern breeding has produced some cultivars which do well in largish pots - try googling for 'boulevard' and 'top to bottom clematis' if you like that idea.


Posted: 16/11/2014 at 16:28

Still wet and (dark) grey here in Leics and has been pretty much all week (apart from when at work of course!)  Itching to get something done in the garden but, with clay soil, likely to cause more harm than good.   Looks like more browsing for seeds and plants for next year, so not entirely a washout!

Tall Spikey Plant- White Sap

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 16:19

A typo from Edd (or his "S" key may be broken!) - It's Caper Spurge (Euphorbia lathyris as nut said.)   Lot of it about in UK gardens this year.

If you get sap from euphorbias on your skin, it can cause nasty wheals  or rashes.  Not nice stuff.

Dracaena help

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 16:12

It's suffering from shock having been re-potted and the most important thing now is to put it somewhere with a bit of warmth and plenty of light (a south-facing windowsill is ideal). Whatever you do, do not water it or the roots will very likely rot and that will be the end of it!  With a bit of luck it will recover and once it is growing again and the compost dries out so that the top inch is completely dry, (stick a finger in to test) only then commence watering it again.


Posted: 16/11/2014 at 13:51

If you dug them up from the garden they will be fully hardy types Caz8 and can be planted out and just left to do their thing.  They do not need digging-up.  Cyclamen coum and hederifolium are most common types found in gardens and will self-seed and spread over time.  Here's the RHS advice on garden types:

There is a small chance they are non-hardy types (those have larger flowers and in a wider range (the hardy c. coum and c. hed. types are always purple or white) but the 'florist' types are generally only grown indoors.  If they are this type (usually c. persicum) then bring indoors every winter and plant out again in spring.  If you found them in the garden then they are unlikely to be these.

clematis cartmanii joe

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 13:23

Hi greybird, I have had a cartmanii joe for a few years and find it does better in some years than others.  Mine goes outside after the last frost but is brought into an unheated conservatory before the first frost as they are not very hardy.  I would suggest that you do need to put it into your carport in a position where it will get the best light possible and would fleece it during periods of freezing temperatures.  They don't like cold winds either so if your carport is a wind-tunnel try to provide a bit of shelter from that if you can.  Mine is also very prone to scale insects which cause browning of some shoots so worth checking for that - only systemic insecticide (Provado) works for me even though I spent hours with a cotton-bud and methylated spirits dabbing the little b*ggers to try and avoid using it.  Overall they are fussy s*ds but the magnificent show of flowers in late winter is worth the pampering!

next year

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 19:01

I usually plant leeks (which I start in modules in Feb/March) when I lift the first earlies.  My leeks are cropping now and will continue to be available until about the end of Feb.  Not very useful advice if you don't like leeks but I love 'em!

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 18:56

Another really good red clematis is 'Rebecca' - this pic from a couple of years ago:

family fruit trees

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 18:45

I have a family apple and a family pear, both about 5 years old now.  The apple does very well and all 3 varieties crop.  The pear doesn't do so well (pear rust is a constant battle) but pears are much slower growing trees anyway.  It's very important to prune them properly for the first few years (winter pruning to promote strong growth - prune the weakest growing grafted varieties the hardest) and then you can switch to summer pruning to keep them to your preferred shape and dimensions which will also encourage fruiting side shoots (spurs.)

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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DIY heated propagator

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