Latest posts by BobTheGardener

gallery of shame

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 11:37

Muddle-Up, you should use those old tiles to make garden features.  Laid on edge into a bed of cement and levelled by tapping down with a plank they make very nice edges for garden paths.  You can also drill holes in the corners and wire them together to make small planters.

problem with clematis

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 11:09

Snails are the usual culprit.


Posted: 28/05/2016 at 22:59

Not something you want really.  The seeds stick to clothes and fur and once they get spread it will keep popping-up for years to come.  I would get rid before the seeds form.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 21:28

If only, PP!  The problem is with only one plant the only way to propagate it vegatively (very, very tricky) as it won't come true from seed.  I'm just happy I have a different blue one other than the caerula!

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 21:21

One of the tree peonies opened:

I've been trying to cross the blue aquilegia caerula with mckana giants (which don't seem to have any blue):

for ages and finally got a result:

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 21:08

Finally got my brassicas (brussels, savoy & caulis) planted:

They've gone into my 'fruit' cage as woodpigeons would otherwise scoff them within hours.  Couldn't have done it without the help of my little mate though:

Potato problems

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 20:54

Unfortunately, it looks like a case of early blight - have a look here:

and some images:

Last edited: 28 May 2016 20:57:34


Posted: 28/05/2016 at 16:50

Good idea and start as many off as you can as it's likely only a small percentage will resemble the parent in any way but it's definitely worth a try!

It has a very unusual shape so if you find any offspring are similar then you could try and isolate those plants and cross-pollinate between them.  That's how new cultivars are bred but it's a long, long process.

Garlic disease

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 16:44

It looks like Leek rust which also affects garlic and other alliums.  There is no treatment but the bulbs should continue to develop, so I would just leave them.  Don't compost the top growth after you harvest though - either burn it or throw in the household waste.  I also wouldn't keep any cloves for replanting and would get fresh when the time comes.

Last edited: 28 May 2016 16:44:35

Cucumber plants yellow patches on leaves

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 13:54

Looks like a bit of leaf scorch caused by water droplets on the leaves magnifying the sunlight.  I don't think it's anything to worry about and the younger leaves look perfect.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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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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'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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