Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Using Pine Needles

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 18:58

I've used them as a longer-lasting covering for a woodland style path which usually gets a fresh covering of bark chips each year.

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 18:54

Saw what I think was a Buzzard being mobbed by 3 Crows.  They flew West to East horizon-to-horizon then East to West a few minutes later, then finally the Buzzard flew West to East again on it's own (probably thinking it had shaken the Crows off) only to be followed about 20 seconds later by 3 furiously flapping Crows!

Raspberry Advice please

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 19:34

As I can see support (green horizontal wire), my guess would be that they are summer-fruiting types and would keep the light-brown canes which are clearly covered in buds (those will grow into side shoots which will later bear the fruit) and remove the dead (grey and brittle) and dark brown canes (last year's bearing canes) without buds.


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 17:23

I think you're right about s.patens flowering earlier from seed, nut.  Mine are the dark blue ones which do re-appear quite late and are often lucky to survive being 'trowelled to death' when I'm planting other things!.  The lighter 'Cambridge' blue ones don't come back for me.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 15:58

Did a bit of tidying while checking for bulb shoots starting to appear.  Found a lot of salvia patens pods with seeds still inside, so looking forward to sowing those - a lovely plant and very hardy for me.

Clematis Montana Var Rubens 'Pink Perfection'

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 15:52

It is actually recommended to cut all 1 year old clematis back to about 30cm regardless of type.  The idea is to stimulate more growth from the base which is far easier to do when they are so young.  My advice is therefore to do it now and lose this year's flowers.  In the long run you'll end up with a better plant.

something eating my broccoli

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 12:38

Sometimes using the 'back' button on your web browser can re-post stuff like that, Potty Lotty.

something eating my broccoli

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 14:01

Pigeons, without a doubt.


Posted: 07/02/2015 at 13:59

There is a small colony of these growing on an east-facing bare soil bank (45 degree slope) underneath some very old Yew trees which I've been admiring on my walk to work each morning for the last couple of weeks.   Clearly they can grow anywhere if they are happy, but I was surprised to see them thriving in that spot!  The council use a leaf-blower to remove all fallen leaves from this bank every year, too.

Old Apple Tree

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 19:29

I agree with BL - tackle it over 2 or 3 years and don't take out too much in one go.  Watch for 'water shoots' which will appear after heavy pruning.  The RHS don't recommend treating tree cut wounds any more.  See their advice for renovative pruning of old apple and pear trees here:




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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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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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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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