Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Can anyone identify this black fly on Portugese Laurel

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 21:09

Looks like a male St Mark's fly.  Have a look here to see if you agree:

Anyone can identify this plant?

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 20:53

I think it's one of the Malvas.

Plant IDs please

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 19:30

#1 raspberry or close relation for me too - they do grow from seeds in bird droppings.  I also think Lilac for the tree.

My flowers ..

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 19:20

It's an Erysimum Aym. I thought it was Bowles's Mauve but the young flowers at the tops start off yellow so might be a different variety.  The forget-me-nots are a useful ground cover for me and so easy to pull up when finished or when they appear somewhere they aren't wanted.

Pruning baby gooseberry plant

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 17:31

Agree with Verdun, gooseberries are best grown with a 'leg' about 15-20cm tall and then a wineglass shape of branches above that.

My flowers ..

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 17:25

Beautiful photos everyone!

Some tulips:

and a border

First paeony of the year

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 15:16

This is the first one out here - planted in shade in the worst soil I have (unimproved clay.)  When I bought it this was the only place I could fit it in!

Seems to like it there though.


Posted: 07/05/2016 at 10:58

Yes you can leave them Liz.  The daffodils will definitely come up again next year and will slowly increase in numbers.  Some of the tulips will reappear next year too but not all of them.  Generally, the more 'fancy' the tulip, the less chance of it flowering again.  If you plant them deep (about 8 inches = 20cm) the better chance of repeating.  It's best to treat 'fancy' tulips as annuals and plant new bulbs in early winter each year.  If you want colour co-ordinated displays then it's best to lift tulips otherwise you'll end up with random survivors popping up.  My whole garden is 'cottage' style so I actually see that as a bonus. 

Clay Soil - Help!

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 22:12

Aaron, you can take heart that a clay soil improved in the way Posy says is amongst the most fertile soils there is.  It does take a lot of effort and time but it really is worth it.

A mystery

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 22:07

No, they won't improve nut - once shrunk by the forum software, detail is permanently lost and can't be recovered by copying to local image manipulation programs and resized.  The old forum software provided a (hidden) hyperlink to the original uploaded image when you clicked it and that is what is needed.  Of course, if the original uploaded image is small or out of focus, then nothing can be done and that may well be the case here.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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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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Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

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


Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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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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