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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

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.

What to plant to follow spring bulbs in part shade?

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 16:43

I use aquilegia to fill the gap between spring and summer plants.  Once the flowers finish you can cut the whole plant back to the ground and they will re-grow attractive but lower height foliage which really doesn't get in the way of emerging summer and autumn plants.


Posted: 20/06/2015 at 13:33

One Montana would cover all 4 panels after a couple of years and won't stop there!

Rebecca is a different group and quite a shy grower so will get swamped by the Montana and is a different pruning group (2) so you will have a problem pruning them properly once intertwined.  If you were only growing Rebecca or other group 2s, I'd say you need 3 plants per panel.

Rhododendron has red insect

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 13:12

Can you post a photo?  The two most likely are aphids and lacebug (Stephanitis.)  Look those up in google to see if yours are similar.  You might need a magnifying glass to see them more clearly.

Peony colour

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 21:08

If they are tree peonies, most of those are grafted.  If the grafted plant dies, the rootstock may grow and flower which would explain the different colour.  While normal (ie herbaceous) peonies should be planted shallowly, that is not the case for tree peonies which should be planted about 4 inches deeper than the pot they came in (or soil mark on the stem if they were bare-root plants.)  Doing this will prevent the grafted plant on top being killed by a hard frost and also allow the grafted plant to put down its own roots.

If they were hebaceous peonies, I have no idea how they could possibly change colour!

problem with apple tree

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 19:29

Almost certainly wooley aphid.  All you need to do is rub it off using a stiff brush (eg a nail brush.)  The apples will be fine.

Hydrangea Scale protection

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 19:23

Only a systemic insecticide would prevent them but that would also poison any visiting bees so not something I would do or recommend.  Infestations only occur when adult scale is already present but goes unnoticed.  When their eggs hatch young scale insect nymphs run all over the plant before settling.  If you stay vigilent and rub-off any adult scales that you see it is unlikely you will get another infestation.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener


No real rain here for weeks 
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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! 
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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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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 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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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 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Polytunnel growing 
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