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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

It's my birthday

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 09:18

Happy birthday Mrs Punkdoc!

Peach leaf curl

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 19:31

Hi SSP, Good advice from Verdun.

I grow a variety called 'Avalon Pride' which is very resistent to curl.  Some leaves still get affected, but very few - maybe a couple of dozen total.  It has just come into leaf and no sign of PLC at all yet:

It produces full-size lovely juicy peaches.

bulb planting advice

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 19:12

Hi rosemummy, I didn't soak them and used John Innes #2 compost.  I planted them at twice the depth as the height of the bulb (so imagine having two bulbs stacked on top of the bulb you are planting.)  That is how I plant all bulbs except tulips which I put much deeper.

It's my birthday

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 08:53

Happy Birthday OL!

It's mine too, so double-doses of cake everyone!


Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 20:44

Corydalis flexuosa "Purple Leaf":

 Young 'family' Pear tree:

 and a few Snakeshead fritilliaries:


bulb planting advice

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 19:03

I grew polyanthes tuberose a few years ago.  They need a very warm, sunny spot - I grew mine in the conservatory and they smelt lovely.  Didn't manage to get them to flower in the 2nd or 3rd years though - just foliage.  Gave up and converted them to compost at that point.


Posted: 27/04/2015 at 18:44

I assiduously clean all of my pots, seed trays and greenhouse every spring with a very small nail brush.

I also tell fibs!


Please help with plant/tree ID

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 18:10

I think the first is a Japanese quince (Chaenomeles) but don't know about the 2nd one.

Dicentra spectabilis - is yours up yet?

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 23:37

I was brought up with the metric system at school but find it easy and beneficial to swap between that and imperial depending on the subject and who I am talking to.

Dicentra spectabilis - is yours up yet?

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 18:59

About 2-3 feet tall - it'll get a lot bigger!


Discussions started by BobTheGardener


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

Vine weevils

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

Huge pest problem

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

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

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


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

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

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

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

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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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42
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