BobTheGardener


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Topped magnolia tree

Posted: 14/07/2016 at 13:49

It may also produce lots of fast-growing vertical shoots (often known as 'water shoots') as a response to hard pruning.  If this happens, remove most of them (pull them off rather than cutting them) but leave the ones which are growing somewhere where you want an new branch to grow and nip out the tip which will promote side shoots (= more flowers in the future.)

Belfast Sink

Posted: 14/07/2016 at 13:41

The plughole is usually big enough to provide enough drainage in a Belfast sink but yours is probably blocked by soil and/or roots.  This often happens if they are placed flat on the ground.  Remove the soil and unblock the plughole then place the sink on four bricks to leave a gap underneath it.  As MrMahonia says, place some broken pots over the plughole which will help to prevent it becoming blocked again when you refill it with soil.

Gardener's World about to start now!

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 23:25

Well, they took BBC3  off air and put it on the internet, so why not do the same to sport?  That way they can control who watches it and get reliable viewing figures.  Half of Europe watch freesat without paying a licence fee!

Gardener's World about to start now!

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 23:18

I thought it was the Davis cup this time.  Just checked and it's golf instead.  The tennis is on for most of the rest of the day though..

Gardener's World about to start now!

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 23:03

Tennis again Cloggie.

Heuchera obsidian

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 22:46

Like Fairygirl I don't have H. obsidian either but I do have lots heucheras and all my dark leaved ones have done well in shade.  In fact, the only ones that didn't do well were planted in full sun which is why I moved them.  Fairy: I use other heucheras (yellow and lime green) to set off the dark ones.  Citronelle and Key Lime Pie almost glow in the dark!

Imagination required!

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 22:19

Well done Laura, you've turned an awkward area you couldn't really use for anything into a lovely new place with lots of possibilities!   Looks great even before you've planted it up.

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Gardener's World about to start now!

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 21:00

Same time 8.30pm next Wednesday too!

Gardener's World about to start now!

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 20:30

I just remembered Monty mentioning it's on today instead of Friday!

What happened when I was away?

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 20:25

Looks like leaf miners Berkley although check for small caterpillars - there seem to be a lot about affecting erysimums this year.  Not much you can do other than cut back , scrape a layer of soil from beneath them (to remove any leaf miner pupae which drop once they have eaten their fill) and replace with a bit of compost etc and give them a feed.  Leaf miner damage looks bad but doesn't cause lasting effects.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Hoglet!

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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Last Post: 02/04/2017 at 20:01

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: 03/12/2016 at 00:32

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

Cutting ID

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

Canary

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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Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33

Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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