Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Plants for Wedding 2 June

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 11:05

I raised lobelia from seed using a heated bench in an unheated greenhouse and they didn't begin flowering until the 2nd week in June so even if you had the right equipment, growing from seed isn't really an option.  I agree with fidget and would keep visiting several garden centres a few weeks before the wedding to see which plants each have and at what stage of development they are.

Help identify

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 10:45

Hi Robbie, it's a Phormium tenax (New Zealand flax) and all you need to do is remove the old flower stems by cutting them right back to the base.  Do the same to any old leaves in spring.  Don't cut the tips off of any leaves as they'll just slowly die back from the cut and will look a right mess!

Mushroom I D

Posted: 05/08/2017 at 23:03

I picked some which were 8-10 inches diameter (and which tasted lovely fried for breakfast!) so they can grow very large.

One bit of advice is to break off a small piece and place it under your tongue for a few minutes - if any reaction or discomfort then don't risk it.

Mushroom I D

Posted: 05/08/2017 at 19:20

Field mushroom, I would say.  Damage a section to make sure it doesn't turn yellow.:

Field mushroom:

Yellow stainer:

As always, don't take my word for it as identifying fungi online is never a certainty.

Winter flowers

Posted: 04/08/2017 at 19:16

Don't forget the wonderful range of leaf colours of heuchera.  They can get a bit tatty over winter but do provide colour when not much else will.

Agapanthus From Seed

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 20:04

The offspring will likely be a mixture, some similar and some quite different.  Try it and after about 3 years when thay start flowering, you will be able to select  and keep the ones you like.

Caterpillar Infestation

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 18:35

Not a lot you can do really, Jim, other than harvest what you can and start planning on how to protect next year's plants with butterfly netting (which has has holes no bigger than 7mm.)

Dahlia leaves being eaten

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 18:15

They don't always leave visible trails, the sneaky little b*ggers!

Help to needed to ID Weed growing through old hedge

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 08:35

It's probably the same plant, Dove.  Apparently it's been around a lot longer than we think (since the 17th century) - some info here:

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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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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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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