Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Fungal disease Laurel

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 17:36

The vast majority of fungi only grow on dead wood so the chances are the heartwood of the affected branches is already rotten, perhaps due to water ingress into a previously damaged area or joint.  If you cut it back into healthy wood (which isn't stained - you can tell when you cut it), it should survive.  The good news is that laurel regenerates rapidly and you can cut them back almost to the ground and they will grow again.

Large shrubs dying in one part of my garden

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 17:22

It could be the dreaded Honey fungus or Phytophthora root rot.  Inspect the base/roots of the affected shrubs to see if you can find any signs:

Strawberry with lacy leaves

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 16:23

Not 100% certain about this species but most sawfly do pupate in the soil beneath their food plant so it's just precautionary advice really.

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.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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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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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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