Latest posts by BobTheGardener

bulb planting advice

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 19:12

Hi rosemummy, I didn't soak them and used John Innes #2 compost.  I planted them at twice the depth as the height of the bulb (so imagine having two bulbs stacked on top of the bulb you are planting.)  That is how I plant all bulbs except tulips which I put much deeper.

It's my birthday

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 08:53

Happy Birthday OL!

It's mine too, so double-doses of cake everyone!


Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 20:44

Corydalis flexuosa "Purple Leaf":

 Young 'family' Pear tree:

 and a few Snakeshead fritilliaries:


bulb planting advice

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 19:03

I grew polyanthes tuberose a few years ago.  They need a very warm, sunny spot - I grew mine in the conservatory and they smelt lovely.  Didn't manage to get them to flower in the 2nd or 3rd years though - just foliage.  Gave up and converted them to compost at that point.


Posted: 27/04/2015 at 18:44

I assiduously clean all of my pots, seed trays and greenhouse every spring with a very small nail brush.

I also tell fibs!


Please help with plant/tree ID

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 18:10

I think the first is a Japanese quince (Chaenomeles) but don't know about the 2nd one.

Dicentra spectabilis - is yours up yet?

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 23:37

I was brought up with the metric system at school but find it easy and beneficial to swap between that and imperial depending on the subject and who I am talking to.

Dicentra spectabilis - is yours up yet?

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 18:59

About 2-3 feet tall - it'll get a lot bigger!


Growing Raspberries - newbie

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 18:54

Pruning is different.  Autumn types - all canes are cut down to the ground in early spring and the fruit appears on the new canes which grow the same season.  Summer types fruit only on the canes which grew last year and you prune only those canes down to the ground which have fruited, immediately they finish fruiting.

For your raspberries TC, if you get fruit on the new canes (which should be starting to grow now) in autumn, they are an autumn type.  If not, they are a summer type and you will get fruit next summer.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 18:45

Earthed-up the spuds before a possible frost tonight, potted-on several dozen seedlings, split a couple of heucheras and took some cuttings just in case, did some weeding, watered and fed the blueberries hand-pollinated all of the apples and pears as a precaution - not all that many bees around today.   A Robin was following me all day and so closely that I nearly accidentally put my hand on it when reaching for the trowel by my side!

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Came home this evening to find this 
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I thought these were philadelphus 
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..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Don't think netting will work 
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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

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