Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Ground cover ID

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 12:27

The foliage at the top looks like aquilegia.  I think you're probably right about the flower being a hyacinth - they are out now.

Last edited: 02 April 2017 12:27:43

Plant / Weed ID

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 11:24

Horsetail, I'm sorry to say.  Pull them up and throw them in the black bin.

Onion sets rotting?

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 11:23

Probably nothing to worry about as the sets use all of the energy stored in the tiny bulb to grow shoots and roots.  One they get planted out they will begin to start building the bulb up again.

Is my kale bolting and if so what should I do?

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 10:44

Yes it has bolted Max.  In my experience, all it is good for now is the compost bin as the leaves go tough and bitter.  Time to sow some more.

Please help identify seedlings

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 19:30

Top ones look like one of the willowherbs and the bottom might be alkanet, so weeds by the look of them.

Edit: more pics appeared!

3rd one potato I think

Last edited: 01 April 2017 19:31:28

Bird feeders

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 18:11

Those holes look a bit small to be honest GD and I wonder if that's part of the problem.  I use to get that issue with my old plastic feeders but I've been using Gardman large heavy duty seed feeders for about 4 or 5 years now.  They work great and are easy to disassemble for cleaning.  Also squirrel proof (I don't think you have that problem though, if I remember correctly, you lucky thing!):

Help needed - again! Plant ID

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 15:50

Looking at the emerging flower spike, I'd say foxglove.

Waterlogged lawn in rented property. Quick fixes or right off?

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 14:01

Looks like you may have the dreaded horsetail growing there, too (the trendril things.) 

Help Please With Strange Marks On Basil Seedlings?

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 13:58

Could be liri but I'd definitely investigate with a magnifying glass.

Last edited: 01 April 2017 13:59:12

What is this tree??

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 13:57

Yep, and probably the best magnolia to use in small gardens as most of the rest grow into large trees relatively quickly.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2017 at 20:01

Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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Last Post: 04/02/2017 at 17:52

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Last Post: 03/12/2016 at 00:32

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

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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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33


No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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