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Stop Plenifora

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 16:54

Funnily enough I've spent most of today digging up a stand of Kerria japonica.  It grows from horizontal roots which occasionally send up a stem.  It wasn't particularly deep rooted but the roots were quite brittle, so often broke while pulling them out.  I loosened the soil all over the area with a fork and then pulled the roots out.  I then dug the area over and removed all of the bits I had missed.  I'll be treating any shoots which come up in the future with glyphosate weedkiller which should finish it off.

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 15:46

Hi all, just spotted the first Red Lily Beetles in my garden, on Madonna lilies (Lilium candidum.)

Duly caught and squashed!

first butterfly seen today

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 15:28

Thanks NM.  I've been treated to pairs of Peacock butterflies mating this afternoon.  They fly in a tight circle around each other and shoot upwards together like that to what I estimate to be about 60-100 feet - wish I had a good video camera!

first butterfly seen today

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 12:19

It worked!

Tortoiseshell (couldn't get very close to this one):


 Peacock feeding on forget-me-not:

 Hopefully, all will zoom ok when clicked.

Just built a green house.

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 12:05

Cucumbers germinate quickly - I started mine last weekend in a heated propagator and they germinated in 3 days.  One seed in each 3" pot, covered with a plastic bag and put on a sunny windowsill is equally good.  Many garden centres will have them for sale as plants now, too.

first butterfly seen today

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 10:41

Just seen a Brimstone here.   One or two either Red admiral or Peacock - they shot off before I could get close enough, but keeping my camera handy today.

Just built a green house.

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 10:38

Tomato, sweet pepper, chili, aubergine, cucumber are the most common.  If you like chili, you could grow several types.


Posted: 06/04/2015 at 10:33

Primorose, could it be trifolium repens atropurpureum?


Posted: 05/04/2015 at 13:23


Discussions started by BobTheGardener


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


No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42
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