Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Pruning upright water shoots on a mature Bradley apple tree

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 10:13

Yes, start now and repeat as the season goes on if necessary.  Cut them off close to the branch and don't leave a stub.

Scented or not?

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 10:09

Not everyone can smell jasmine as some folk don't have the receptors - can any of your friends detect it?  My pink stephanense didn't have a scent to me and needed too much attention so it came out.

Fungi/mould identification

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 21:49

It's not a fungus or mould, but a physiological reaction to overwatering and is called edema.  Cut down on the watering and they should be OK.  I only water mine when the leaves begin to droop slightly.


Posted: 25/05/2017 at 19:36

It's a broom, not sure which one (google 'red broom' to see if you recognise one.)  Prune after flowering by cutting back to young growth but don't cut into old wood.


Posted: 25/05/2017 at 18:42

Some do naturally have white markings but we'll need a photo to confirm.

Can anyone help?

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 21:48

They are scale insects and the white fluff showing means they have eggs hatching so scrape them off quick!  While adult scale insects don't move, the young nymphs are mobile and will climb all over the tree, settle down and you will end up with them all over it.  They suck the sap directly from the branches.

Last edited: 24 May 2017 21:50:44

turf laying

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 21:52

Lester, you need to wait about 6 weeks after spraying ground elder before removing dead foliage or the glyphosate will not reach all of the roots, which is what you need to kill.  Tell them that it is one of the worst weeds and if you don't treat it properly it will come back and ruin the new lawn.  Some ground elder usually reappears even after spraying and waiting 6 weeks so you will very likely have to spray it again.  By the time you are sure it is all gone it will be getting on for September and a good time to lay turf.  Good luck in your battle!

Pests! Candyfloss under mint leaves?!

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 21:34

I can't see it clearly but it might be a froghopper:

Pests! Candyfloss under mint leaves?!

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 18:17

You'll find a small caterpillar inside the 'floss', probably that of a tortrix moth.

Greenhouse roof

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 21:31

My experience is similar to scroggins and I have also never seen one like that.

How about getting hold of more clips and using 8 per pane, 4 each side, on the lowest panes?

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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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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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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