Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Parsnips aren't very nice

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 20:28

A frost does help as it triggers the root to convert starches to sugars which is why they get sweeter once frosted.

Blood moon....

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 20:20

You might be able to start to see a darkening starting at the upper left edge from about 1.30am but the full eclipse starts about 3am and lasts until about 4.30am.  When fully eclipsed, the Moon could appear dark red (hence the name 'blood Moon') but this depends on the Earth's atmosphere because the only light to reach the Moon is refracted through it.  Because of this, it could also just go dark grey and it might even get too dim to see.  All those variations have been seen in the past.

I'm hoping to photograph the whole sequence (one shot every 30s) and, if things go well (and they often don't for amateur astronomers!), I'll be making a time-lapse video of the whole event.

Plant ID please

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 19:05

The bulbs are Amaryllis Belladonna I think, Ribs.

What could be this plant

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 18:00

My first thought was young cocoa pod too Jo, but I'm not sure they would grow in Barcelona.  If it is a cacao tree, the pods form directly from the trunk but I can't tell from the photo.

Evergreen climber?

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 15:02

Solanum crispum?  A 'Glasnevin' has been completely evergreen here.

Gingercat caterpillars

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 12:24

Given the time of year, I suspect Sycamore moth:

Feeds on sycamore, field maple and horse chestnut leaves.


Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 20:31

Saw a huge hoverfly on the ivy flowers today - it was about 2cm long and at first glance thought it was a hornet of some kind:

Volucella zonaria, the hornet mimic hoverfly.


Posted: 26/09/2015 at 17:16

No worries - I did reply directly to you Lesley but we both replied at exactly the same time and it was just coincidence that it looked like I'd already seen pansyface's reply. The mysteries of web browser caching no doubt complicated things!


Posted: 26/09/2015 at 15:54

Yes, it's mycelium (the main part of fungus) but it is NOT a problem.  Fungi are essential in a garden as they break down woody matter which nothing else can do.  All you need to do to is to dig the area over and add as much manure and compost as you can and your new border extension will be fine.  Honey fungus has black root-like rhizomes (aka 'boot laces') and there is no evidence of that in your photo's.

There do appear to be a few couch grass roots though (white) so I would get all of those out while you are digging the area over.

The first frost

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 12:33

Down to 2C in Leics last night - lucky not lower as all my squashes are still out!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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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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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33


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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