Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Pruning and general advice for Obelisk Pear Trees (columnar/pyramidal)

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 19:08

I agree with the suppliers, it doesn't need pruning.  Pruning at this time of the year encourages growth.

In the summer, trim back any branches which are growing too long or in a direction you don't want to just above a leaf joint.  This will also promote the formation of spurs from which blossom and fruit will form next spring.

Gro-Sure Farmyard Manure

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 18:56

I use about 30 to 60 bags of it a year and never had one like that - seems you were unlucky.

It normally looks like course compost, as you say you expected.

Watching Seedlings Grow 2017

Posted: 08/03/2017 at 19:31

Aym, the seed compost is my own mix as I've never found one I'm happy with - most seem a bit on the heavy side.  It's about 30% Westland MPC, 30% Wickes own MPC and 30% Westland seed compost with about 10% perlite, all sieved and mixed.  I've been using the same 'formula' for a few years and it seems to work well.

Watching Seedlings Grow 2017

Posted: 08/03/2017 at 19:07

Lobelia on the left, petunias on the right:

Sweep peas in root trainers also coming up nicely:

All sown 2 1/2 weeks ago.  I mixed the tiny lobelia and petunia seeds with fine, dry sand in an attempt to sow them more evenly but the lobelia decided otherwise, as always!

wireless thermometer for g/house

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 22:39

Nice find, Pete!

Guess the name of this

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 22:34

Superb, GD!

Magnolias are indeed prehistoric and one of the oldest of flowering plants.  They were around during the Cretaceous period so were seen (and no doubt eaten) by dinosaurs!

Last edited: 05 March 2017 22:37:44

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 22:31

Wrens eat mostly insects and I believe spiders make up much of their diet.  I suppose you could try meal worms but they would need to be on the ground as I don't think wrens will visit hanging feeders although I might be wrong on that.

Pruning fuscias and roses

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 18:44

The roses look fine.  Once the last frost has passed you can prune the fuchsias further back to just above one of the buds further down near the base if you want to tidy them up.  Remove any dead stems (ie ones with no buds) right back to the base.

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 18:26

Same in Leics, Dove.  Both goldfinches and greenfinches love the sunflower hearts I use in one of my feeders.

Guess the name of this

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 18:18

Dove .  Lucky GD!  My magnolias are quite some way from opening.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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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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