Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Passion Flowers

Posted: 04/12/2015 at 16:10

Hi Jan, ideally they should be pruned immediately after flowering, cutting each flowered shoot back to leave 2 buds after the point the shoot emerges from the main stem.  They can take a hard pruning if overgrown, but leave that until spring.  More advice from the RHS here:


Gardening Vices ......

Posted: 04/12/2015 at 15:17

The replies of Pansyface and Nut sound rather too familiar! -  I've just planted out 36 'spare' primroses in 3" pots which I had shoved in a corner when I ran out of room last year..  Also walking about visually planning (ok, pottering!) too much and finding myself unable to make a decision so ending up doing nothing.   Quite relaxing though!

Plant ID, please.

Posted: 02/12/2015 at 17:58

It does look like a carrot.  What does the taproot smell like?

I get them appearing from birdseed.

Hey! It's christmas soon...wot are you getting me?

Posted: 30/11/2015 at 20:18

A Rhus typhina together with a mix of bamboos and roses.











Oh, and a can of petrol and a match to 'treat' them with.  See, I am being nice after all!

Feeding an old apple tree

Posted: 28/11/2015 at 15:28

Sue, this is known as 'biennial bearing' and is common with bramleys.  Feeding and some corrective pruning may bring it back to annual bearing but no guarantee.  See the RHS advice, here:


The World's Most Expensive Food

Posted: 27/11/2015 at 15:12


looking for help.

Posted: 27/11/2015 at 15:04

They are pretty dormant at this time of the year and as the compost is still damp I would just move it a bit nearer a window and not water it until it (hopefully) perks up in spring.  I think you repotted it at a less than ideal time of the year, so fingers crossed now.

Dahlia tuber looking odd

Posted: 27/11/2015 at 13:00
Verdun wrote (see)

There seems a lot of it about right now Bob 

Yes, I wonder if the rubbish weather most of us have had (not you Cornish lot of course!) has something to do with it?

looking for help.

Posted: 27/11/2015 at 12:58

Probably not Jo, as they usually die quite quickly..  The finger test is definitive.  Looks like poor light and lack of feeding to me and I would re-pot it.

Painting tanalised timber

Posted: 27/11/2015 at 12:53

I did the same in my shed using white emulsion LG.  The staining does seep through but, like you say, not an issue in a shed!   It's still standing 25 years later so clearly no problem regarding the effect on the tanalising!  I clad the walls of the shed out of cheap wickes feather edge fencing boards, so just goes to show how long those can last when protected by a roof.

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