Latest posts by BobTheGardener

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!

Cutting down a medium sized sycamore and grinding out the stump

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 19:19

I'm a big fan of fruit trees on dwarving rootstock.  Pretty blossom in spring, not difficult to keep in check and good for wildlife.  Free fruit is a nice bonus.

Help needed!

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 19:08

See my reply on that thread, Chicky.  EXIF information is definitely the issue and it is a combination of which device you use to take the photo and which browsers each individual uses.  The problem has been around for years.  It is not the site at fault.

Photos from ipad

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 19:03

Lyn, the iPad adds what is called EXIF information and that includes which way up you were holding the device when you took the photo.  The problem is that only some web browsers take any notice of that.  If you can be bothered, you can strip the EXIF information out of a photo before you edit/rotate it.  Then it will stay the right way up.

This will do it - I don't know if it's free or what:

Or just google for "iPad remove EXIF".  It's always a good idea to remove this 'meta data' before you post any photo's online as it can include personal details.

Boring, boring rosesN

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 19:23

If someone asked me to recommend a high maintenence shrub which was always getting some disease or other, would grow in any random direction other than what was wanted and had particularly sharp thorns, I could think of nothing more fitting than a rose.

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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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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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