Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Winter aconite advice

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 14:16

Try a few ecokid - if happy, they soon multiply.  Pulmonaria is a good bet though.

Is this Borage?

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 14:14

One of our more regular IDs nut, together with the one planted by aliens (caper spurge)

So angry: Neighbour has cut back my pyracantha

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 14:12

Wise words Dove.  This kind of thing usually escalates rather than going away once that sort of person is confronted.  Concentrate on thinking about how nice your new garden is going to be ecokid! 

Is this Borage?

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 14:04

Looks more like green alkanet to me.  It is in the same family hence the similar flowers.

Last edited: 16 July 2016 14:06:12

Fixing browk plants with selotape

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 14:00

Good advice from Verdun there (welcome back by the way! )

There is still plenty of growing time left this year and you may find that by cutting the stem it sends up new shoots from the remaining leaf joints so you could end up with a shorter but multi-headed sunflower.

Can anyone help me with my Hawthorn hedge problem?

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 13:48

I agree with Ladybird and think this is because they still establishing roots and can't support more leaves which is why the new growth is dying off.  Large hawthorn take much longer to establish than small ones.  They need to be watered at least once a week (and even every day during hot weather) throughout their first year.  I think you'll see them pick up next spring and start to grow normally.

Is this a strawberry plant?

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 13:01

To be fair, strawberry seeds are not that easy to germinate and the fat hen seeds may have been in the compost, so it may not be the GCs fault.  

Winter aconite advice

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 12:58

Remember that they need shade in the summer too.  When I was much younger and knew little about gardening I planted some in my sun-baked front garden and although they came up in late winter, the following year precisely one reappeared!  The ideal position is under deciduous trees although I've seen them growing very happily under yew trees.

Is this a strawberry plant?

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 12:42

They look very much like Chenopodium album (aka fat hen & goosefoot amongst others.)  It's a weed which seeds exteremely freely (thousands from one plant) although it is grown as a food in India.  Not strawberries, unfortunately.

Raised bed

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 08:25

It's not advisable to raise the soil level around a tree b25.  Trees need air to the roots near the surface and it can also lead to fungal infection of the bark and lead to the death of the tree.  Have a look  at this link:

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
Replies: 1    Views: 194
Last Post: 14/05/2017 at 14:32

Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
Replies: 4    Views: 333
Last Post: 10/05/2017 at 20:19

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
Replies: 1    Views: 197
Last Post: 02/04/2017 at 20:01

Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
Replies: 4    Views: 290
Last Post: 04/02/2017 at 17:52

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
Replies: 37    Views: 1454
Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
Replies: 69    Views: 6911
Last Post: 03/12/2016 at 00:32

Gardener's World about to start now!

Replies: 16    Views: 968
Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
Replies: 3    Views: 479
Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34


Hope it finds it's way home 
Replies: 3    Views: 545
Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
Replies: 8    Views: 1492
Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
Replies: 10    Views: 1135
Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
Replies: 17    Views: 2642
Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33


No real rain here for weeks 
Replies: 11    Views: 766
Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
Replies: 1    Views: 773
Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
Replies: 9    Views: 1432
Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52
1 to 15 of 40 threads