Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Do I cut back young wisteria?

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 21:33

How do you want to grow it Tiny01?  If you want it to cover that area (is it a log cabin?), then you need to attach some wires to the wall using vine eyes.  Then train and tie those long shoots, one to each wire.  See here:

and here:


Help needed!

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 23:32


Cocoon in shed?

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 23:25

Hi Jordan, see if you can find it here (ignore the colour as they mostly turn brown):

and here (only 759 to look through!):

I think it's a Peacock.

The thing next to it is the old skin of the caterpillar which it cast off as it turned into the chrysalis.

PS, it could hatch anytime now - they overwinter as adults.

bananas from seed

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 23:09

Tried them once as an experiment and had the same lack of results.  I eventually cut the (still hard) seeds open and judging by the smell they had rotted inside.  Thinking about it now I'm not sure I actually want the hassle of looking after them over the winter anyway!

Help needed!

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 19:16

I'm with Lyn - improve the compatibility of the site as that is definitely a weak point as is the search facility.

Please, please don't introduce a 'like' button!  Those are divisive at best on a friendly site like this.

people moving into an area and paving over the front garden

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 18:58

Just be thankful we (well, most of us on here) don't live in certain states of the US where it is illegal to grow veg in your front garden!  A google search for that gets about half a million hits..


Posting Issues?

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 21:33
Tetley wrote (see)
Quotes has never worked for me since I joined the forum ):

The quote bug has been around forever!  However, if you quote then unquote, it actually works!


Posted: 02/08/2015 at 19:32

Yep, big blousy and very, very red!  Must be about 15 years old now and still going strong.   I must say they do look a mess after flowering so always cut them down to the ground before the seeds ripen, so have never tried growing more from the seeds.


Posted: 02/08/2015 at 19:06

Cathy, yes oriental poppies are normally propagated by root cuttings so you get identical plants but you can buy seed - that's how I grew mine - these in fact:


Posted: 02/08/2015 at 18:36

Yes, oriental ones have the hairy leaves and stems - you can cut back to the ground after flowering and they will produce new growth which will usually survive the winter.

Opium poppies sometimes appear as fluffy doubles from self-sown seed and you can buy 'double' seed.  All are annuals.

Haven't grown Pacino though so will leave for others.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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New trees 
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Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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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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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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