Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Huge pest problem

Posted: 19/12/2015 at 17:07

Hi all, just spotted this:

Puts all the pesky cat issues into perspective! 


Posted: 18/12/2015 at 22:11

I've done it with both bought and saved seed for both outdoor (hederifolium & coum) and indoor (persicum.)  2nd or 3rd year before flowering for any type I've found.


Posted: 14/12/2015 at 23:33

Somehow your 2nd link went to Chris's own photo Jo, so fixed it here:


Let's hasten the winter! What are you looking forward to flowering in spring?

Posted: 14/12/2015 at 23:17
jo47 wrote (see)

What do you have to pollinate Lizzie BobTheGardener ?

Nowt!   I do get a lot of early pollinators due to all of the snowdrops etc and ivy though.


Let's hasten the winter! What are you looking forward to flowering in spring?

Posted: 14/12/2015 at 20:48

Japanese plum 'Lizzie' - every bit of every twig gets absolutely smothered in flowers very early and still manages to set fruit if frosted.

"Show us ya baubles!"

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 19:37


Just finished before 'strictly' started! 

"Show us ya baubles!"

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 21:06

Heh heh!.. not exactly wonks.. OH told me to "get out of the way of the TV" when 'strictly' came on, so that was that! 

I'll update tomorrow.

"Show us ya baubles!"

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 20:51

Not put the baubles on yet:

they go on tomorrow. 

tastiest cherry tomatoes to grow recommendations?

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 14:32

Sungold (F1): (yellow) excellent flavour but they are very sweet which not everyone prefers.  Extremely reliable - these usually crop first and are the last to finish for me.

Suncherry Premium (F1): as above but red and slightly less sweet.

Last year I also bought a cherry tomato plant collection as well as my usual dozen or so varieties from seed.  It was the Sun plant collection from Mr Fothergills.  They were ALL fantastic with my favourite being 'sunpeach' which has all of the flavour of sungold and suncherry but not as sweet.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 11/12/2015 at 22:27

Had the day off today and luckily the weather was pretty good so got a lot done.

Dug up about 20 summer raspberry canes which have been slowly encroaching into my veg plot over the last few years.  Did the same with some blackberry canes which had popped-up in the middle of some gooseberry bushes and also gave the gooseberries a good prune.  Potted about 600 bulbs which I got on various special offers for next to nothing, including alliums, parrot tulips, iris, ioxa and anemones.  Cleared the greenhouse of about 20 dead tomato vines and put the pots of bulbs in there which should help speed them along after being planted so late.  Cleared a dozen sweet pepper plants and spread the spent compost on the borders, weeding as I went. 

Bit tired now!  

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

'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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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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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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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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