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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

ID trumpet flower

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 21:11

Well done (as usual!)  Yes, I now remember it is incarvillia delavayi alba - I'd better write that label out now!

ID trumpet flower

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 21:06

Hi all, I grew this from seed many years ago but have forgotten the name.  I've a feeling it has 'glauca' in it, and the pink variety is more common.


water butts

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 20:50

You can get kits which don't need the downpipe cutting - you just drill a hole and insert a special fitting.  Here's one (scroll down to "Speedy Rain Water Divertor Collector"):

I don't know how efficient they are though.  You can also buy replacement water butt tap kits - one on this page:

No affiliation with that site or recommendation - t's just the first one google found.


Cucumber or courgette?

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 20:42

Also, the courgette will start showing flowers from near the centre but cucumbers will flower later and along the long stem that should appear.


Posted: 15/06/2013 at 23:50

I was just going to look for my trusty old book "The Boots Book of Home Wine Making and Brewing" which tells you everything you need to know about winemaking in an easy to follow way, but a quick google gound this which even tells you to freeze them first to help release the juice, so you are already part way there!


Brussels sprouts

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 23:33

The normal advice is to plant them down to the first set of leaves and firm the soil well which helps to prevent the wind from rocking them which damages the roots.  However, staking will do the same job so I would go for it, but don't put the stake in too close the the stem or you may damage the roots when pushing it in.

Can I move my peony?

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 23:29

I agree, it's definitely a myth that you can't move them - I've done it several times and got flowers at the usual time.  It would be a mistake to cut the leaves back at this time of the year though.  That would seriously weaken them.


Posted: 15/06/2013 at 18:19

The best wine I ever made was gooseberry.  It tasted exactly like a normal white wine with no hint of the taste of gooseberries.  Two gallons from one (very large) bush!

Can I move my peony?

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 13:47

Let them die down naturally - at the moment the leaves are feeding the tubers ready for next year.  Lift them just before you move then plant into the new garden as soon as you can or into pots if that's not possible.

Help! Health of Red Pepper Plant in Greenhouse

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 13:44

The fur coats bit doesn't sound good - botrytis as you say - such a shame when you have put all of that effort in to get them to this stage.  It's worth investing in some automatic vent and louvre openers if you can afford it.  I have solar powered fans (the type used in PCs) now, which has been a great success.  If you or anyone you know has some basic electrical skills and can do a bit of DIY they are very easy to fit. You can get the fans from old PCs at council dumps if you ask nicely!  The solar panel cost about £30 (12V, 20W.)  One big plus is that the stronger the sun is, the faster the fans spin hence more ventilation.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Polytunnel growing 
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First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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Front garden revamp - before and after photos

Redsigning weedy crazy paving 
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Flowering in September 
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The sparrows have had a good breeding season 
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ID trumpet flower

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Last Post: 18/06/2013 at 11:41

Bee spotting

Have you seen any bees yet? 
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Last Post: 11/04/2013 at 18:55

New deliveries

Tree and shrub planting 
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Last Post: 16/02/2013 at 19:01

Flower ID

Pink flowered perennial 
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Last Post: 10/07/2012 at 16:52

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

More of warning than a plea for help.. 
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