BobTheGardener


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Identify my trees

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 16:17

Not sure about Alder now I've zoomed in a bit.

Identify my trees

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 16:08

The top one is a Pear I suspect and the other two look like Alder.

Dwarf rhodendron issue

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 15:49

Looks dead to me but the way to tell is to scratch off a small amount of bark with your thumbnail.  If it is brown underneath then that section is dead so try further down.  If you find any green there is still some hope but you should remove any stems which are clearly dead and cut back into live wood.

Help! Can anyone identify this plant?

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 21:15

Difficult to identify but is far too small to plant out so grow it on and overwinter in the pot.  Best to put it in an unheated greenhouse or coldframe if you have one, otherwise put the pot close to a wall of the house.  Come spring and it should have grown a bit and it will be easier to tell what it is.

single flower identification

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 21:45

It's an aquilegia, tony.

Crop Rotation. 3, 4 or 5 Year?

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 21:14

Three roughly equally sized veg areas here so I go with 3 year rotation simply because of that.

Well fed fox

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 16:55

I found a sealed packet of dried catfood buried just below the surface of a large pot  on 3ft high stand a few years ago..

Anyone recognise this?

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 16:33

Nerine I think.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 10:00

Leics: Clear blue skies, 10C now (5C overnight.)

Garden Confessions - 3 Worst Crops of 2016!

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 09:48

Spuds did OK (Kestrel & Sarpo mira, the only types I can grow which don't get devastated with keeled slugs), winter squashes worst year ever, only one large one out of ten plants (6 different varieties) with the rest producing only one or two fist-sized fruit.  Summer squashes fewer and smaller than usual.  Carrots OK (polytunnel), parsnips good, all brassicas very good, especially brussels.  The tomatoes in the greenhouse did OK too but smaller crop than usual, especially the larger types.  Overwintered peppers and chillis excellent, seed grown ones only ripening now (conservatory.)  Spring sown broad beans ok, no blackfly at all.  Runner and climbing french beans minimal crops.  Forgot to plant out the leeks!


Edit: Forgot the fruit:  Strawberries lower crop than usual, raspberries (Polka) excellent - still going, gooseberries lower crop than usual, blackberries the same.  Apples good. Cherries small crop (netted.)  one pear (not yet ripe.)


Overall, the worst year I've ever had, all due to the weather.  Fingers crossed for 2017..

Last edited: 09 October 2016 09:53:13

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

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

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34

Canary

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

Drought

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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