Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Are these weeds?

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 18:45

Top photo looks like a Rudbekia (coneflower) of some kind, so not a weed.

Middle photo might be a weed but could be acanthus or similar.

Bottom photo not sure but none of the 3 look like weeds.

Last edited: 10 August 2017 18:47:08


Posted: 09/08/2017 at 18:32

Interestingly, each tassle leads to an individual kernel on the cob, so every tassle needs fertilising by a separate grain of pollen.  That's why it's so important to grow them in a block.

Last edited: 09 August 2017 18:32:36

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/08/2017 at 18:25

Finally stopped raining at about 3pm here!

Black and White Balls on Leaf

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 21:57

I think they are shield bug eggs.  They don't cause much of a problem and many species in the uk are in decline.

Are these weeds?

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 19:39

Probably a wild strawberry, a gift from the birds.  Keep an eye on it as they can be invasive and propagate in a similar way to buttercups using both runners and seeds.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 18:40

Similar to Robert, rain from the wee small hours, non-stop all day and set to continue all night and at least until lunchtime tomorrow (Leics.)  "A bit wet" in other words!

Plant eaten

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 19:37

Like Fairygrl, I think its is indeed slugs or smails and, contrary to popular belief, they don't always leave visible trails.

Unidentifiable plant... Any ideas?

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 15:37

I did mean to include the word 'probably'    Just going by the fact that mine are now starting to flower.

Unidentifiable plant... Any ideas?

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 15:24

Viburnum × bodnantense 'Dawn'.  Mine are also flowering again now.

pruning blueberries???

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 15:20

You can cut some of the older stems right back to the base which will promote strong new shoots from below ground or low down on existing stems.  Don't cut any of the shoots which have grown this year as it is those which will bear the flowers and fruit next year.  Also remove any spindly shoots at the base and the twiggy bits which bore the fruit this year. 

However, don't do any of this until the bush goes dormant - prune it during winter.  RHS advice here:

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