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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Help Red Beetles

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 19:31

Great - you should be OK then.  If the lily stems look a bit of a mess, you can always hide them by placing a few pots of tall-growing annual plants under them.

Help Red Beetles

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 19:19

Unfortunately, they won't grow new leaves (lilies just don't do that) but the provado will stop the beetles and their larvae in their tracks, so they won't get any worse.  If you are lucky, they will still produce flowers if the very tops of the stems haven't been eaten, but if those are gone it is curtains I'm afraid!   If they are past saving, at least you know what to do next year to protect them.

Are these cabbage worm eggs

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 19:11

Batches of Cushion Scale eggs.

Help Red Beetles

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 19:02

I'm afraid that if you want to grow lilies in the UK now, you MUST deal with lily beetles by either checking every day and picking them off by hand and killing them, or spraying with a systemic pesticide like Provado.  There are no other effective measures, unfortunately.  It's too late to plant lily bulbs now and even if you did, the beetles would devastate them unless you take control.

Newbie unsure what plant this is

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 18:58

It's a hardy geranium - a real beauty by the looks of it!   Someone else will likely be able to tell you the cultivar.

Cane tops

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 18:52

I live next to a tennis club and don't throw the balls back any more since one broke a greenhouse pane - and as I found they make excellent cane toppers when punctured with my pruning knife!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 18:45

Just removed a large stand of Kerria Japonica so time to fire-up the shedder!  I've been wanting to get rid of that beast for years but kept putting it off which was a mistake - bloody stuff spreads by underground runners.  Glyphosate at the ready for the expected regrowth! 

Potato flowers

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 18:36

Yep, you won't get a huge crop by planting now SweetPea but you should at least have home-grown new potatoes with your Christmas dinner and very likely some well before then. 

Do rose seeds really grow.......

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 14:48

Stratification may help them germinate - place the pot in a plastic bag and put in the fridge (not freezer) for 6 weeks, checking regularly for shoots and bring out if any appear or after the 6 weeks is up and place on a windowsill etc.  With a bit of luck that may get them going before next spring.  If you don't want to do that, leave the pot outside in a sheltered spot (eg by a house wall) over the winter.

Turnips

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 14:40

Yep;  They do grow quickly, so plenty of time.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Drought

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! 
Replies: 16    Views: 607
Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

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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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
Replies: 6    Views: 611
Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
Replies: 16    Views: 1068
Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
Replies: 10    Views: 1038
Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
Replies: 16    Views: 745
Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05
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