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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

My flowers ..

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 19:20

It's an Erysimum Aym. I thought it was Bowles's Mauve but the young flowers at the tops start off yellow so might be a different variety.  The forget-me-nots are a useful ground cover for me and so easy to pull up when finished or when they appear somewhere they aren't wanted.

Pruning baby gooseberry plant

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 17:31

Agree with Verdun, gooseberries are best grown with a 'leg' about 15-20cm tall and then a wineglass shape of branches above that.

My flowers ..

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 17:25

Beautiful photos everyone!

Some tulips:

and a border

First paeony of the year

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 15:16

This is the first one out here - planted in shade in the worst soil I have (unimproved clay.)  When I bought it this was the only place I could fit it in!

Seems to like it there though.


Posted: 07/05/2016 at 10:58

Yes you can leave them Liz.  The daffodils will definitely come up again next year and will slowly increase in numbers.  Some of the tulips will reappear next year too but not all of them.  Generally, the more 'fancy' the tulip, the less chance of it flowering again.  If you plant them deep (about 8 inches = 20cm) the better chance of repeating.  It's best to treat 'fancy' tulips as annuals and plant new bulbs in early winter each year.  If you want colour co-ordinated displays then it's best to lift tulips otherwise you'll end up with random survivors popping up.  My whole garden is 'cottage' style so I actually see that as a bonus. 

Clay Soil - Help!

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 22:12

Aaron, you can take heart that a clay soil improved in the way Posy says is amongst the most fertile soils there is.  It does take a lot of effort and time but it really is worth it.

A mystery

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 22:07

No, they won't improve nut - once shrunk by the forum software, detail is permanently lost and can't be recovered by copying to local image manipulation programs and resized.  The old forum software provided a (hidden) hyperlink to the original uploaded image when you clicked it and that is what is needed.  Of course, if the original uploaded image is small or out of focus, then nothing can be done and that may well be the case here.

A mystery

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 21:07

Agreed B3, it's vital we get that capability back in the forum as it's absolutely necessary if we want to identify things.  The rest I can live with, even if I don't like it.


Posted: 05/05/2016 at 21:04

Got rid of mine a few years ago.  Had to use a leather moterbike jacket and gloves, two pairs of jeans and a chainsaw.  Horrendous stuff.  It's OK for a very large garden but I wouldn't recommend it in an average one.

Plant ID - is it a tree?

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 19:50

Possibly a goat willow sapling.  The seeds get blown in by the wind.

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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