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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Help with identifying this plant

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 18:39

The brown stem at the bottom in that last photo makes it look very much like a tree peony to me.

Growers or Killers?

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 18:04

I know what you mean Berghill - I just threw 30 tomato and about another 30 pepper & chilli plants (which were in 7cm pots) on the heap as I needed the space for those which have been planted into their final containers.  I've already given away twice as many.  Must try and control myself at seed sowing time next year, but fear it will be the same story all over again!

Major lilly problems

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 15:39

It might be lack of nutrition and they may have exhausted the soil around them.  That happened to a large container of my lilies one year and when I re-potted them into new compost with extra fish, blood and bone, they gave a magnificent show the next year.

If they are in the ground, a good 3 to 4 inch deep mulch of well-rotted farmyard manure this Autumn should get worked down by the worms in time to help for next year and may fix the problem.

Deadheading roses

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 15:31

I do either, depending on whether I happen to have the secateurs in my pocket and see no difference in the number of blooms produced. Trimming back to a leaf node does make them look neater though.

Help to identify

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 15:27

They are a Geum of some type and should soon send up tall flowering stems.  There is a common weed variety (Wood Avens) which has small yellow flowers, so if those appear you need to dispose of them as it's a thug.  They do look like a nice cultivar though.

Anyone good with tricky seeds

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 15:04

I do the same as chicky and transplant self-seeded ones.  They seem to seed just where they like - even on bark chippings and appear like a (very nice!) weed around my garden now.


Posted: 28/06/2014 at 18:49

Salino, I use IE11 and have no problem - must be because I use the Easylist tracking protection list add-on and Fanboy's adblock TPL.  If you want to see if that fixes it for you, try here and click on "Add" next to it.  You can easily remove TPLs using "Manage Add-ons" in IE's tools.



Posted: 28/06/2014 at 18:35

Dove wrote: "Once you get it clear regular use of a Dutch hoe in the growing season prevents weeds from getting established. "

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Yep, or do what I do and plant so many things that you can't see the soil which makes it hard for weeds and grass to get established.

Anyone good with tricky seeds

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 18:28

Yep, the thought of a few cans and bottles had indeed crossed my mind Buddyboy!

flowers to fruit

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 15:46

We really need Jennie to tell us the variety as they vary so much (due to the way they've been bred.)  There's not a universal answer unfortunately.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener


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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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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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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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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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Polytunnel growing 
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