BobTheGardener


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Can Anyone Identify This?

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 11:56

As long as you cut it back hard in the spring (similar to buddleia) so it doesn't grow too big it should be fine.

Last edited: 25 September 2016 11:57:18

Can Anyone Identify This?

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 11:44

Himalayan Honeysuckle (Leycesteria formosa) I think.  NOT Japanese knotweed thankfully!

Holes

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 11:38

Could also be rooks or other birds digging for leatherjackets or chafer grubs - the last pic does look like the grass may be being attacked from below.

Pumpkin Plant Woes

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 18:51

One of the best things to do is put down a good layer of well rotted manure about now.  You can leave it on the surface and let the worms do the work for you over the winter then dig the area over in the spring.  The more organic matter you can add the better and that helps whether you have clay-based soil or if it is sandy.  If it is a heavy clay then rough-dig it and the frost will help break down the lumps of clay.

Ground cover planting

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 17:47

I would also suggest Vinca minor which is evergreen and will thrive in such an area where few other plants will do well.

Pumpkin Plant Woes

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 17:43

It sounds like you are doing all of the right things and encouraging bees to nest nearby is an excellent plan.  You can hand-pollinate them outdoors too by taking a male flower, removing most of the flower just leaving the central part and gently pushing it into the centre of a female flower.  The females (which form the fruit) have a mini pumpkin behind the flower but the male flowers don't.  If you had no female flowers form then it might be that the plants didn't get enough warmth, sunlight or perhaps the soil wasn't rich enough (they are heavy feeders - I mix in anout 25 litres of well-rotted manure into the soil where I plant each one.

Pumpkin Plant Woes

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 16:11

Seems that way!


It's essential that the flowers are pollinated and if you had a cold spell which meant few bees were flying (which is what happened here), while the flowers were open then no fruit will form.  If you grow them under cover then you need to hand-pollinate them.

Last edited: 24 September 2016 16:15:56

Pumpkin Plant Woes

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 15:45

This has been a terrible year for squash and pumpkins in many parts of the UK.  Just the wrong sort of weather at the wrong times.

eggs

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 14:04

Dove

eggs

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 13:40

I can see the photo Dove - look like slug or snail eggs.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

 
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Wrong variety but happy 
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Came home this evening to find this 
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By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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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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