Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Is it just a hobby or a professional interest?

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 11:20

I feel gardening reconnects me with nature.  I have a very technical and demanding job but while I often find myself thinking about work-related issues when I'm lying in bed, those thoughts simply disappear when I am in the garden raising and tending plants.  For some people sport is their release, for me, I believe gardening gives my life back some kind of natural balance.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 21:04

Thanks for letting us know the sad news Ellen, I did wonder why he had stopped visiting.  Michael's boundless enthusiasm for gardening was always evident in his posts.  He will be sadly missed.

Can I root a rhododendron?

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 18:12

Almost no chance of that branch rooting, Lily.  You can layer them (ie bend a branch down to the ground and hold it down with a rock or a U-shaped peg and it will root in a few months.  However, if you strip off most of the leaves and all flower buds from the detached branch you have and stick it in the ground somewhere out of direct sunlight, you never know - plants want to live and will always try!

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Posted: 29/04/2017 at 11:50

I find jparkers provide very good quality bulbs.  None of the suppliers I have ever used has seperately packaged 'mixed' bulbs - they are always all just that - mixed in one packet.  Depending on the mix, you can sometimes separate them as different tulip types often have slightly different bulbs.  However, if it is a mix of colours of the same type then there is no chance of doing that.


Posted: 23/04/2017 at 19:31

I like that one, Hosta.  Polish Spirit is another 'good doer' in the viticella group.  Very vigourous, floriferous and almost indestructible in my experience!

Tulip Fest 😍🌷

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 19:24

A couple of species types now fully in bloom:

The second one is 'Little Beauty' and is indeed scneted, Fairy (although you have to get very close!)

And a pot of short doubles I got free:

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 19:19

Revamped border finished!

Planted up, mulched with 6 bags of FYM and given a good drink:

Now time for a drink for me.

Insect identification help please

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 15:26

It is indeed Helski.

Apple tree disease

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 14:37

I'd take the whole branch out, right back to the trunk to be safe.  That branch is a bit low anyway.  Cut it just level with the end of the collar, like in the image on this page:

If that were my tree, I'd also remove the 2nd trunk growing from the base as it could be from the rootstock rather than from the grafted variety and will take over eventually.  If the bark on the 2nd trunk looks different to the main one or the blossom is different then that would be a certainty.

Insect identification help please

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 14:27

Definitely mining bees, probably Andrena denticulata.:

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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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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