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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

grannys bonnet

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 22:51

These are my favourites, caerulea, about 4" flowers:

 which I'm trying to cross with various McKana hybrids like this one:

 I'm hoping for the upward-facing habit of the caerulea in different colours - none of my McKanas have any blue in them.  The results are too young to flower this year and I expect 95% will be weeded out but live in hope!


Posted: 16/06/2013 at 21:54

I don't remove side shoots from peppers or chillies myself.  The flowers appear at the joints between leaf and stem, so the more side shoots you have the more fruit you can get from a plant.

plant ID

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 21:49

Tricky as the picture is still quite small, but looking at the leaves, I'd hazard a guess that it's a double magnolia of some kind, but not one I'm familiar with.

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.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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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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Bee spotting

Have you seen any bees yet? 
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New deliveries

Tree and shrub planting 
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