Latest posts by BobTheGardener

weed annoyance

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 17:16

Does each leaf have 3 lobes?  If so I suspect it is creeping woodsorrel (Oxalis corniculata) and it's tricky to get rid of.  You need to use a hand fork to try and get the roots out as weedkiller isn't very effective.  At the very least pull them up before the flowers set seeds or they will shoot everywhere because the seed pods are spring-loaded!


Veg to sow in summer

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 17:09

Parsnips do need a long growing season and I honestly think the seeds would be wasted if sown now.  I sow mine in early March and they are decent size by Chrstmas.  However, they do grow very well in raised beds with the bonus that they tend to germinate better than they do in the ground, so certainly try some next year.  For this year I would concentrate on salad crops such as lettuce etc.  Beetroot and turnips would also be worth trying as those grow fast.  Hopefully others might chip-in with a few ideas?

bird proof cloches

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 15:28

Ian, google for "MDPE water pipe" and "MDPE pipe fittings".  Places like Screwfix stock it.

Plant ID

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 12:40

The first one is a Linaria I think, probably Linaria purpurea and probably a named form rather than the weedy one.  The 2nd I don't recognise and the last one might be Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis.)

Help with finding the name for this large shrub

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 12:20


Help with finding the name for this large shrub

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 12:15

It's a Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) Craig.

Black Stain

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 12:11

Heliotropes do better if you plant them somewhere which gets full sun in the morning but is shaded later in the day.   An East or South-East facing border would be ideal and that should eliminate the darkening of the leaves.

The Name of a Plant

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 01:19

It's a hardy geranium (aka Cranesbill) Jeff.  I'm not sure exactly which one as there are rather a lot of varieties but it might be 'A. T. Johnson' or 'Orkney Blue'.


Posted: 20/06/2015 at 22:46

Most of my perennial geraniums including Rozanne are also only just coming into flower so I think it will be fine, fluffy. 

Flower or Weed?

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 22:42

Agree with nut and would suggest getting rid of the wood avens - it's still a menace in my garden and I've been removing it whenever I see it for donkey's years!  The seeds have a nasty habit of enbedding themselves in clothes and pet fur, too.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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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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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

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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