Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Privet hedge help

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 18:28

Privet is pretty bomb-proof when it comes to pruning.  It will soon sprout new shoots, even directly from the thick wood.  An old gardening saying is 'growth follows the knife' meaning pruning actually encourages strong growth so don't worry as it will grow rapidly now but probably not until the spring.

Why didn't my apricot flower or fruit?

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 15:40

Pansy may be right.  My peach (which is usually extremely reliable) also set no fruit whatsoever last year.  There was also some rotten cold wet weather when the tree was blooming and there were no bees about at all which wouldn't have helped.

Cherry laurel ... too close to the house?

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 14:15

How far away from the house is it?  Can you post a photo?

Papaver somniferum seedling problems

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 14:07

Agree with Nut.  The vast majority of poppies hate root disturbance anyway and will rarely survive any kind of transplanting.  I've found a good way on my clay soil is to use a layer of grit to cover the surface of the soil where I want them to grow and then sprinkle the seeds over the grit - they are that tiny that they will fall through the gaps.  You also then know where you've sown them when weeding.

Killing a yukka

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 13:59

Having recently dug a 20 year old one (which I grew from seed) out of a raised bed, I will echo the posts above.  The roots are huge and thick but easily snap (they are really water storage organs) so pulling them up is not possible, they have to be dug out.  They look great in a very large garden where they can stay for half a century or more and won't poke anyone's eyes out.  If you have a relatively small garden which you might want to completely revamp within your lifetime, don't plant one!

Acer soil

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 13:53

Best wait until spring when the roots will start growing again, Meomye.

Tree seems to be bleeding

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 19:52

I think you have an insect borer at work there - the stuff on the ground is the frass produced by the large beetle grub inside your tree.  Hopefully it's not this:

Identify my trees

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 16:17

Not sure about Alder now I've zoomed in a bit.

Identify my trees

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 16:08

The top one is a Pear I suspect and the other two look like Alder.

Dwarf rhodendron issue

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 15:49

Looks dead to me but the way to tell is to scratch off a small amount of bark with your thumbnail.  If it is brown underneath then that section is dead so try further down.  If you find any green there is still some hope but you should remove any stems which are clearly dead and cut back into live wood.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Last Post: 27/08/2017 at 19:16

Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Last Post: 29/07/2017 at 16:32


Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 21:28

New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 16:13

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Last Post: 14/05/2017 at 14:32

Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Last Post: 10/05/2017 at 20:19

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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Last Post: 04/02/2017 at 17:52

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Last Post: 13/11/2017 at 12:59

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34


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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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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