Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Cherries that look like plums?

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 13:01

No need to feel silly LG - it's a very common question.


Posted: 16/08/2015 at 12:59

And they are completely hardy so no need to bring into polytunnel.  In fact, doing that might reduce cropping as it would certainly limit pollinator access.

Cherries that look like plums?

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 12:54

All cherries and plums are edible (ie they won't kill you) but whether they taste nice is another matter.  There is only one way to find out..

I suggest cutting a ripe fruit and holding it against the tip of your tongue.  If it doesn't tingle in an unpleasant way after a few minutes and tastes sweet, then tuck in!


Posted: 15/08/2015 at 11:48

Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis)?

Raising the level of a lawn

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 11:37

Sounds like a good plan to me and you will end up with an excellent lawn.  Hard work of course but only needs doing once and like everything in gardening, proper preparation is the key to success.

If you get on with your neigbours and they have better access to their gardens than you do, perhaps you could persuade them to let you temporarily remove a fence panel and barrow the materials in via their garden?  A bottle of wine or two might help smooth the path!


Posted: 15/08/2015 at 11:13

Might be a Stump Puffball (Lycoperdon pyriforme) with something else growing through it.  Or the round ball is the volva and the 'shoot' is the stem with the cap having melted away as Inkcap mushrooms do.  I think the latter is more likely.

wasps in my polytunnel

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 11:01

Wasps love dead wood for making paper for their nests Dove and I expect those old trees have lots of suitable 'wasp paper mines'.

Plant ID

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 10:03

Judging by the flower shape, one of the tall salvias but I can't ID it further.

clematis freckles

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 09:54

MIne flower any time they feel like it Catherine!  Out of the 4 I have, at least one always has a few flowers but heaviest flowering is usually sometime between late summer and mid spring.

Exotic and beautiful tree but a real nuisance

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 19:22

Verdun will be on this one like a shot!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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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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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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