Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Strawberry with lacy leaves

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 16:08

Any you miss may pupate in the soil so I would wash the soil from the roots once the runners have been rooted and detached, before re-potting or planting out.

Try again for I.D

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 16:00

I think it's a spider lily but couldn't tell you which cultivar.

how to grow agapanthus from seed heads

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 15:56

Leave them on the plant until the seed pods naturally start opening by themselves - the seeds will be black when ripe.  Sow the seeds immediately (they don't store well) on the top of a pot of gritty compost and cover with a layer of grit. They will germinate quite quickly and can be overwintered in a cold greenhouse or coldframe.

Planting lily bulbs

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 14:31

There's an excellent explanation of lily stem roots here, Penelope (and any one else interested):

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 14:16

Might get a portable gas hob - I can already think of uses for it as well as a 'just in case' for the future.  Apparently there is only 5% reserve capacity in the electricity supply in the UK, so any kind of major issue and we could be in trouble.  Can't do without tea!

Planting lily bulbs

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 12:28

Yes, lilies never really go completely dormant so get them in the ground asap and plant quite deep.  When they send up the flowers next year, the underground portion of the stems will also form roots which is the reason for the deep planting.

Strawberry plants

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 12:23

Any general liquid fertilizer will be ok at this time of the year.  Use tomato feed next spring when the flowers start to appear as that helps with fruit production.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 12:17

Impressed with Western Power Distribution who came in 25 minutes and have fixed said fuse.  Less impressed with eon - rang them and 'the men' are now on another appointment so can't come back and finish the job so will have to arrange another day off..

Went to their website and, at the top, they have this:

"Our contact centre is currently experiencing long call wait times, we're sorry for any inconvenience the delays may have caused. We're working to resolve this as quickly as possible"

Tea now in cup though.

I'm all electric (no gas supply) which makes this sort of thing a big problem and an expensive way to live.  Will be changing supplier as soon as they've fitted the new meter, just for the hell of it!

Malformed parsnips?

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 12:07

I think you mean carrot on the left, parsnip on the right, Berghill.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 11:34

Well, now sitting here with no electricity as eon came to fit a smart meter and found the main fuse was damaged and can't replace it, so now waiting for western power to come and fit a new one!  I'll then have to make another appointment to get the new meter fitted!😩

Good job I have a mobile phone but need tea!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Last Post: 27/08/2017 at 19:16

Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Last Post: 29/07/2017 at 16:32


Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 21:28

New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 16:13

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Last Post: 14/05/2017 at 14:32

Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Last Post: 10/05/2017 at 20:19

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2017 at 20:01

Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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Last Post: 04/02/2017 at 17:52

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Last Post: 03/12/2016 at 00:32

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34


Hope it finds it's way home 
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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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