Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Soft fruit suggestions please

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 22:06

I grow Lingonberries plot26a which are very similar to cranberries but are native to Northern Europe so don't need frost protection like cranberries do.  Both need ericaceous compost.  Lingonberries root very easily where their spreading branches touch the ground so I have made many more plants for free.

May Trees in Bloom end of January

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 18:56

Thanks both!  Must be a flowering type only - never seen any fruit (but there are a zillion squirrels and pigeons living there so they may all simply be eaten before they are ripe!)

May Trees in Bloom end of January

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 18:43

Hi all, are these what you saw Newboy?


Anyone able to ID?

Bottom heat for cuttings?

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 17:57

Depends on which cuttings sandyv but in general, commercial growers use bottom heat and misting for lots of types, especially clematis.  I have a heated bench and get great results (eg 100% for 12 viburnum cuttings last year) but you do have to watch for them drying out.

May Trees in Bloom end of January

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 13:16

There are some 30-40ft tall trees in a park I walk through on my way to work and those were all in flower last week.  Quite sparse flowers, each one small, white or light pink (tricky to tell at that height.)  I can't ever recall seeing any fruit on the ground so probably some decorative stone fruit species which doesn't set fruit in the uk (most municipal parks are full of non-native trees.)  If I remember correctly (which would make a change!), they may have red leaves when foliate.  I'll try and remember to take a photo tomorrow.

Fungus like growth on Coleus

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 11:21

Those are sap-sucking insects known as 'mealy bug'.  Advice from the RHS here:


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 14:42

Cold and windy but nice and sunny so planted a dozen 'tree' lilies and two dozen asiatic lilies which arrived on Friday.  Did a lot more weeding as I went around too.  Topped-up a few large planters with mini fruit trees in them as the squirrels have been retrieving stuff by the look of the holes.  Spotted hundreds and hundreds of bulbs poking through so expecting a seriously good display soon!

Eurphorbias which crept through from next door have taken over an area of 2x2m so need tackling soon.

Garden animal droppings

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 12:54

Looks like lots of seeds in there but difficult to tell from a photo.  Hedgehogs are carnivores so I would expect bits of beetle etc., so I think it's probably from large rodent such as a squirrel.

Strongest Scented Sweet Peas!

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 12:18

In general, the really strong scented ones such as Lathyrus 'Matucana' are directly decended form the wild form so have small flowers.  Those are usually labelled as heirloom types.  You probably want to grow some of those and some of the modern hybrids so you get the larger flowers that we are now all accustomed to.


Posted: 30/01/2016 at 01:13

Thanks pdoc - If the Foxes fail, I'd sooner you won it rather than any of the usual suspects.  Fingers crossed we both gain a place in Europe whatever happens!

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