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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Spring Bulbs leftover from Autumn

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 15:38

Plant them - they may still flower,  but will be very late or they may just grow leaves and will flower next year (at least the daffs will - the tulips may or may not.)

Bird sightings

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 15:35

I was one of those kids, primrosecotage!  "Why is the sky blue?"  "Why is the Moon round tonight and not shaped like a C?"  "Where does porridge come from?"  etc etc!

Bird sightings

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 14:22

Not seen that particular one but they'll do anything to try and keep birds esp. gulls and pigeons away from airports.  Might even have been a trained kestrel.

rogue plant in border

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 13:30

Foxgloves, not a doubt at all!  That one will produce several flower spikes

ID Please Peeps

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 13:29

f-m-n leaves are indeed very slightly hairy, so they may be something else.  Might be worth re-potting as they look like they have been in that compost a while and may be a bit nutrient-starved, whatever they turn out to be.  It'll be easier to tell when they've grown a bit.

ID Please Peeps

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 11:59

I get an error when clicking those pics but I copied and pasted them into an image viewer so I could zoom-in and think they are possibly forget-me-nots (Myosotis.)


Posted: 07/03/2015 at 17:22

Click the lttle green tree at the top of the reply box and follow the instructions.  Doesn't work on ipads or smartphones though.

forgotten bulbs

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 17:19

Hi B3,  Yes, get them in asap.  They may still flower this year, although will be very late.  It's always a bit of a gamble whether tulips will flower in the secomd and subsequent years as many of them are bred as annuals these days, but if you plant them deep (8 inches) you have a better chance of them repeating.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 17:11

Moved a young Witch Hazel (Diane) which I decided was planted in the wrong place and replaced it with a Daphne (Eternal Fragrance) near the front door.  Dug out a rather too rampant Jasmine (stephanense) which hardly ever flowered from a large planter and replaced it with a fig (if something is going to make me keep hacking it back, it needs to earn it's keep!)  Raised one of my veg beds by about 5 inches (width of a decking plank) so the spent compost from the greenhouse borders would be contained and moved that from one side of the GH to the bed.  Pruned a few roses while catching my breath and weeded a couple of bucketfuls of creeping buttercup from various places while being followed by a Robin and a couple of dunnocks.  Took a few more breaths admiring all the different types of crocus I planted a couple of years ago and watched the bluetits, goldfinches, greenfinches, coaltits and sparrows attacking the feeders while I had a deserved cup of tea.  Wonderful day!  

Seed sowing in the pottng shed tomorrow, while my back recovers!

nettle fertilizer

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 13:25

Blueberries like a high-nitrate feed so nettle tea is good for them Zoomer.  I also use an ericaceous feed which contains sequestered iron.

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