Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Fushia growing deformed

Posted: 28/08/2017 at 20:52

Fuchsia gall mite.  All you can do is keep cutting off affected parts:

Peach Tree

Posted: 28/08/2017 at 20:36

Found a couple from 2015.
End of April:

End of July:

Plant ID - Palm

Posted: 28/08/2017 at 17:12

Looks like a Trachycarpus fortunei aka 'Chinese windmill palm' or 'Chusan palm' but I've been fooled before as there is another palm which looks similar.

So many spiders

Posted: 28/08/2017 at 13:53

Spiders are also the main diet of Wrens and Robins so always good news to have them, even if you are arachnophobic.

What are these?

Posted: 28/08/2017 at 13:50

When it flowers, if they are small and yellow, dig it up quick as it will be the weedy one, Geum urbanum which can become a real nuisance if it seeds.  The seeds have burrs which stick to everything.  I used to have a long haired cat and it would take hours to get all of the wood avens seeds out of its coat.

Peony Problems

Posted: 28/08/2017 at 12:53

The one on the left would benefit from more soil underneath it (not on top as the tuber needs to be near the surface.)  I would lift the root ball out and put in some good quality compost (a John Innes #3 would be ideal) to bring it up the the same level as the one on the right.

Peony Problems

Posted: 28/08/2017 at 12:28

Perfectly normal and it's what peonies do at the end of summer as they die down completely.  They will come up again as normal next year but do remember to feed them regularly when they appear as they are never really happy in pots and need regular feeding and watering.

Ivy roots

Posted: 28/08/2017 at 12:15

If you just pull the runners up along their length you don't need to worry about the small rootlets which rip off and stay in the ground as it won't regenerate from them.  However, the deep main root at the beginning of each runner needs to be dug out completely.

Growth on elder branch

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 17:26

How odd!  My best guess would be some kind of fasciation, possibly caused by a virus.

Some kind of mint?

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 17:14

Thanks for the hint Borderline, a google search seems to indicate it is Agastache rugosa aka Korean mint which is a short-lived perennial in lighter soils.  I'll be saving the seed and growing it in my borders next year.   I might use it to replace the nepeta which flops all over the place and needs too much support.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Last Post: 29/07/2017 at 16:32


Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 21:28

New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 16:13

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Last Post: 14/05/2017 at 14:32

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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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: 13/11/2017 at 12:59

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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