Latest posts by BobTheGardener

What's growing in with my asters?

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 16:45


Can you help identify these plants please?

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 14:23

1) Looks like sweet rocket - definitely worth keeping.

2) Looks like foxglove seedlings (on the left) and something else I can't think of right now.

3) Not sure but could be one of the willowherbs - I'd probably have that one out as it looks sick anyway.

4) Geum.  If you didn't plant any geums, it will be Geum urbanum (aka wood avens), the invasive weed variety.  You could leave it - if it grows small yellow flowers it is the weedy variety and you can hoik it out sharpish!

You can transplant the foxglove sedlings to somewhere you want them to flower next year.

Last edited: 12 March 2017 14:25:39


Posted: 12/03/2017 at 10:28
Obelixx says:

Great minds Bob?

See original post


Posted: 12/03/2017 at 10:13

Trellis is not really suitable as it will eventually rot and your wisteria will come tumbling down (there was a thread about this happening to someone on the forum a year or two ago.)  The usual way to support wisteria growing up a house wall is to use long vine eyes with galvanised wire stretched between them.  The vine eyes are screwed into holes drilled into the brickwork into which you should put rawlplugs.  I would put the vine eyes no more than a metre apart with 60cm spacing probably being better.  You want a gap of at least 3-5cm between the wire and the wall, hence the need to use long vine eyes.

This sort of thing (other suppliers are available!):

Personally, I would try and remove the trellis complete with wisteria and then cut/saw through and discard the trellis to try and separate the two before fixing the wires and then tying the wisteria to the new support wires.  Doing that would preserve the existing growth without having to cut it back although you may need to do that to some of it.

Ah, I see Obelix sent a similar reply while I was typing.

Last edited: 12 March 2017 10:16:52

Worms on the lawn

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 09:48

As I didn't have a 'clew' myself, I googled it and discovered earthworms can live underwater and probably come to the surface on wet ground to move around more easily.  Doesn't really help much though!


Posted: 11/03/2017 at 14:14

Deer are another possibilty if you live anywhere rural, especially in areas where muntjac are now common.

Chickweed growing between patio slabs

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 14:03

Good call Dove.  Metalmama, here's another site with close up photos to compare:

Agree about the 2nd photo as most seedlings look similar at that stage.

What's this?

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 13:24

Agree, bluebell, probably spanish.

Chickweed growing between patio slabs

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 13:23

Can you upload a photo Metalmama?  We are quite good at identifying things.

Gardeners' World

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 12:36

Another one glad the box balls have gone.  All he needs to do now is rip out the rest of those awful mini hedges he has everywhere.  I always feel boxed in when I see that garden (pun intended!)

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