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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Aquilegia discolor

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 22:41

Nice one, nut - it's very rewarding when you get an interesting new one isn't it!

I tend to go for crossing various types of the clematis-flowered varieties.

Aquilegia discolor

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 22:03

Experience over the years shows that self-sown aquilegias are extremely variable in form and flower, nut, as they cross-pollinate like mad.  I have about 70 seedlings on the go at the moment but have to wait and see how they turn out, then will have to be quite ruthless and assign the losers to the compost heap shortly after they show their first flower - don't want the 'losers' cross-pollimating with the 'winners'!  I expect only a dozen or so 'keepers'.  Worth the effort though - I've quite a few good ones now and they can be very long lived.

Strange broad bean

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 18:41

The odd seed of anything can do this - it's a genetic mutation and may mean that chlorophyll isn't being made - unfortunately meaning it will die once it has used up the energy stored on the seed.

Garden Paint?

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 00:27

Tootsie Tim, that is true of some exterior paints but not all of them:


Garden Paint?

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 21:27

Google "exterior wood paint".  They can be found in all colours, but are not as common as interior paints.  One of the results from google was AGW and when you click '"view options" on their "osmo" exterior paint, there are over 30 colours to choose from!  All exterior finishes are a bit expensive though as they are formulated to stand up to the elements.

difficult spot - shade wise!

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 18:32

Most large flowered clematis will also grow happily in shade, if you want some climbers.

When will I learn?

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 22:56

I did that last year with collected snapdragon seed, nutcutlet, but in a seed tray.  Potted about 100 on into modules and that still left 90% of the seed tray still full!  I've direct-sown them this year - I bet I'll end up with 2!  Quite a few of last years are still going though, so should be OK.

Kohl rabi

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 22:46

I start in modules and plant out like all brassicas at the 5-leaf stage.  They are one of the most reliable crops on my clay soil.. as long as I remember to net them before the flyling rats (wood pigeons) get them!  Purple vienna here, too - later sowings often last into the winter without going too woody.

blueberry lemonade

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 22:26

Hi saltski, don't use woodash from your stove on them as it is alkaline and blueberries require acid conditions.  Ericaceous fertiliser fs the best thing for them (ask at garden centre or search online) and water only with rainwater as tap water often contains lime which will do them no good.  The wood ash will be fine for most other soft fruit though.

Large dip in garden

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 20:37

Hi Gary, as the area does have at least some drainage, you could consider making a bog garden.  This would make the area safe for the kids as there would be no open water and there are lots of interesting plants that can be grown.  Here's the RHS advice on the subject:

and this site is one of many (just google "bog plants") with a large selection suitable plants:



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