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Plant I.D.

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 12:45

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plant ID please!

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 12:43

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Posted: 01/08/2015 at 13:38

Lily and everyone else who is having trouble, you need to install an adblocker on your web browser as it is the adverts which cause these issues.  If you don't know how to do that look at my answer in this post:

or ask a friend who knows about "computery things" to help you install one. 



Camera Corner

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 12:35

I find things work best if you keep the actual file size under 1MB.  The two ways of doing that are to use a different jpeg compression level (better photo editors let you control when you save the images) and/or resize the images but doing that reduces the degree we can zoom-in to a posted photo.  For a free solution which works great in Windows, try Irfanview:

When you use Save As, there is a simple slider to change the jpeg compression level (labelled "Save quality.")

This is a 3072x2304 image saved at level 70 which produces a file size of 987KB:

 As you can see, it's possible to zoom right in to the flowers.

Favourite native mammal?

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 11:28

Hedgehogs as they are the only one which are a real benefit to my garden and cause no damage.  No noticeable damage from aquatic mammals though, I must admit!

Honey fungus

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 11:18

I also live with HF and agree with much of the above although I would recommend the removal of the stump if you can as armillaria cannot survive without a 'home base' of rotting wood or an infected woody host plant.  Regular cultivation of the soil in affected areas will break-up the rhizomorphs which spread the disease and broken pieces of rhizomorph will die and not form new growths.  There is a more comprehensive list of susceptible and resistant species than the RHS lists, in this document from the Guernsey government site:

direct link to the pdf:

HF is not nice to have but you CAN help reduce it's impact and live with it.

Plant ID please

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 20:39

Thorn apple (Datura stramonium):



Plant ID please

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 19:54

Yes, it's aconitum and yes it is poisonous but so are most plants grown in gardens so that is no reason not to grow such a beautiful plant.

Creeping buttercup - opinions please

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 09:44

Bear in mind that the seeds stay viable for decades so if you ever decide to use that border for something else you will be plagued by it forever.  I am still removing seedlings after about 30 years and I always dig up new seedlings before they flower.

Not a fan!

Planting Blueberry Bushes

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 19:33

Yep, you can plant potted bushes at any time.  Keep them well watered as blueberries should never be allowed to dry out and it can take some time for the roots to grow into the surrounding soil after being in a pot.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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