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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Dahlia problem

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 22:54

Let's hope that's not the start of a plague of dahlia-loving locusts, SwissSue! 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 21:40

Hi Verd & all, runner beans also finally forming here, first raspberries ripened today too although they didn't make it very far - "gardener's privilege" if you know what I mean!  Noticed all of the winter squash have at least one fruit on now, with each vine growing another metre since Monday - amazing what a few days of sunshine can do!

Hope things go better for those previously mentioned in this thread who are currently unwell.

little black bugs smothering many of my plants

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 19:30

In previous years I have used bug spray to stop sawfly devastating my Soloman's seal.  However, this year I decided to just pick them all off by hand but last night I noticed a tiny wasp laying eggs into each and every sawfly larvae so decided I quite like the idea of lots more of these predators being around in the future and let them be.  The Soloman's seal will still be eaten to shreds this year, but next year there may be a lot more of these predator wasps which may help keep sawfly numbers down.  The bug spray would have killed the wasp too of course.  It's just a different (and better, in my opinion) way of looking at things.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 17:13

Beautiful gardens everyone - I'm a bit jealous of the larger ones but have become quite good at cramming lots of things into a relatively small area!:


Alliums with Agapanthus?

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 16:45

I wouldn't plant the agapanthus too close to the alliums as agapanthus can be quite thuggish and have large root systems - I'm just revamping a raised bed so will nip out and take a couple of pics to show you just how invasive these roots can be.

Plant and roots:

 Roots close-up:


help please.....anyone

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 15:30

Passionate, I'm pretty sure you need to upload to a photo site first with Apple devices, so try uploading to Picasa.  This should do it:

Once that is done successfully, you can paste the link into the 'External site' bit when you click the little tree on this site.


Can anyone tell me what this is?

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 15:22

It's Lychnis chalcedonica, probably 'Pinkie'.

Design advice

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 14:35

Personally I'd remove a few bricks or the rain run-off from the rockery (which could be quite muddy water, at least until it's been there a while) may run over the rest of the surface leaving muddy streaks.

Leylandii Cypressus?

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 14:27

Yes, probably lack of watering, Carol.  Newly planted trees of any kind should be watered once a week for a few months, regardless of the time of year that they are planted.  You might save them but at least being new plantings they will be easy to remove should they die and you want to replace them.  Unfortunately, it is unlikely the brown bits will sprout fresh green growth though, even if the trees do survive, so if you can live with that it's worth trying to save them, otherwise replace (in which case wait until late Autumn which is the best time to plant new trees.)

PS: when you say the ground was quite wet, is it possible that it's permanently waterlogged?  That will also kill them!

Bolting Broccoli

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 12:34

The soil needs to be firmed well when planting which is tricky in a raised bed.  They will also bolt if allowed to go short of water.  Having said that, a few of mine in the ground have bolted in this hot, dry weather.  Keep watering them every day and pick the side shoots as soon as they are ready - you can blanch (2 mins in boiling water followed by plunging them into a large container of iced water) and then freeze them if you can't use them immediately.

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