Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Dying Ivy

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 22:15

The secret garden area is for magazine subscribers only.  I don't subscribe but have been using this free forum for years and love it.

Hedgehog Shelter

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 22:10

Made a hog house this afternoon, using some random bits of timber I had lying around.  The roof is detachable for cleaning and has rockwool insulation inside to help keep the house warm in winter:

Plenty of dry grass was placed inside the house itself and I located it under a bush against a north-west facing fence in an area I know the hogs use:

The trailcam is set up to catch any signs of it being checked out.  Fingers crossed!

japanese acer

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 15:13

I agree, especially as moving a tree is always risky and Japanese acers can be finicky.  If you really must move it, wait until the leaves have fallen and it is dormant.

What is this weed on the allotment?

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 15:09
Pauline 7 says:

Second job is to get a chair where you can sit to do your planning. 

See original post

 And admire the fruits of your labour!

Last edited: 18 August 2017 15:09:39

Urgent -re Damsons

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 14:14

Any chance you could put the base of the severed section into a bucket of water?  That would keep it alive at least long enough to ripen the fruit.

ID please

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 13:39

The leaves do vary - my echinacea leaves aren't serrated but many are, for example.  Other possibilities are one of the other large daisy family species, such as rudbeckia.  All I know is that they all get slugged!

The dreaded Weed

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 13:05

A lot depends on which weeds you have.  Any chance of taking some photos and uploading them here using the camera icon at the top right of the reply box?  If they won't upload, try reducing the size.

ID please

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 13:01


Old rose bush looks awful, pruning ideas please

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 12:00

The problem is that it hasn't been pruned well and has grown to be too 'leggy' so leaves and flowers are now only high up.  When flowering is over you can cut it back by about a third to half to prevent wind damage over winter.  In about March next year, cut it back to about knee height.  It will grow new stems and be less leggy.


Posted: 18/08/2017 at 11:15

Oops, I meant to say I cut 1 in 3 down after flowering, not in spring!

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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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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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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