Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Laying turf over compacted hardcore

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 14:15

Laura, click the camera icon at the top right of the reply box to upload an image.  I've visited the link you gave above and have done that for you:

Plant identification

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 14:05

I think 4 may be a rowan and 5 looks like a variegated weigela.

Last edited: 15 July 2016 14:05:40


Posted: 15/07/2016 at 13:22

Also look up scale insects, especially brown scale.  Link to RHS:

If it's those, the white stuff is their eggs.

Last edited: 15 July 2016 13:23:31


Posted: 14/07/2016 at 20:49

On the contrary B3, heuchera grow very well indeed in my clay soil.  It also has the advantage that vine weevils don't like clay soil.  However, they LOVE potted heuchera and I have to heep an eye on them when growing on in pots before planting out.  Once they are in my soil they are safe from vine weevils.

what's this wildflower?

Posted: 14/07/2016 at 17:35

Musk Mallow(Malva moschata.) Lovely plant and I let it grow more or less where it wants.

Last edited: 14 July 2016 17:36:28

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.

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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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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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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