Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Worms in Manure Bags

Posted: 20/12/2015 at 15:24

They seem to survive just fine in hot compost heaps but I would keep the bags out of full sun over the summer, just in case.  Even if the worms die, they will just add to the nutrients in that bag anyway.

Callicarpa profusion vs Viburnum Bodnantense

Posted: 20/12/2015 at 14:17

Well, my v. bodnantense 'Dawn' flowers have now finished but the callicarpas are still covered in purple berries..

"Show us ya baubles!"

Posted: 20/12/2015 at 13:46

That is lovely and very stylish Fairy!  I'm impressed!

Plant Id

Posted: 20/12/2015 at 13:31

Looking at the plant, I agree - acanthus


Posted: 20/12/2015 at 11:20

Lots of people wearing just shirts, blouses or T-shirts while Christmas shopping yesterday!  All of my garlic is 6" high - hope the lack of cold doesn't stop them splitting into cloves.  Still, the Exacta forecasters may still be right if we extend January and February to 45 days each!  (Hope that hasn't doomed March to be a wintery hell though!)

Veronica F1 Tomato Seeds

Posted: 20/12/2015 at 10:58

It is a commercial variety from a US company called Sakata, so is probably only availablle to commercial growers.  However, in my experience some wholesale suppliers will sell to the home grower but it may take a lot of work in locating one as all of their dealers are in the Americas.  Here's a link to their supplier page to get you started:

Good luck in your quest Barry.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Posted: 19/12/2015 at 22:09

Merry Christmas and thanks for this wonderful forum, GW team!


Posted: 19/12/2015 at 20:14

Those are c. persicum Rosie and are not hardy so don't often survive if left outside.  The GCs sell them as annual bedding plants.  One option is to leave them in pots and plant the whole pot then take them inside over the winter.  The hardy cyclamen are not so showy as far as flowers go (smaller and generally only pink/purple or white) but will multiply if left to their own devices.

"Show us ya baubles!"

Posted: 19/12/2015 at 18:26

I'd have just sprinkled the presents with glitter which would have stuck to the honeydew - no-one would have been the wiser and maybe would have been complemented on the novel wrapping method!

The missing tree would have been a bit more difficult to cover up though!


Posted: 19/12/2015 at 18:22

Now is as good a time as any Maggie.  Lillies never really stop growing but they will be at their least active at the moment and there is least risk of damaging emerging shoots if you do it now rather than in Spring.

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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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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