Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Digging up a dead plum tree

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 20:27

When you cut the top off, leave a good length of main trunk to use as leverage to help in getting the roots out.

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 20:21

Found my first one this year on a madonna lily:

Help I think they have sent the wrong clematis

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 17:51

Complain, attaching a photo and (with luck), you'll get to keep that and get what you asked for.

Garden photos April

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 17:20

Hi all, I can't seem to find the garden photos thread so though I'd start a new one based on the month to help people pick plants when planning.

I'll kick off with my raised front garden which I revamped (read: de-weeded!) in late winter and planted lots of spring bulbs.  All the hard work is paying off:

Let's see your April garden photo's folks!

Mystery plant

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 16:06

It is a poppy, swedboy, but an annual type.  Might be an opium so could have large flowers.

Last edited: 02 April 2017 16:06:46

Mystery flower...

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 16:03

It is indeed a tulip - some of them open fully like that.   The giveaway is the shape of the stigma in the centre.

What plans or changes do you have for your garden this year?

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 16:00

One of my plans is to renovate and raise this border which has had little attention for 10 years and doesn't have many 'exciting' plants in it, except for a tree peony, a couple of clematis and a few bulbs and heucheras:

Everything will be dug out, a couple of tonnes of well-rotted manure and compost added and raised to about 30cm as it is one of the lowest part of my garden which is on clay.  Too busy with seedlings and getting the veg plot ready at the mo so it will have to wait until the Easter break!

Yellow slime on tree stump

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 15:47

I doubt it is harmful to animals, but why not simply cover it with an old compost bag weighed down with bricks to keep them away to be safe?   It is helping to break down the wood so is a friend rather than a foe.

Yellow slime on tree stump

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 15:33

That is another fungus or, more likely, a slime mould which has taken advantage of the oozing sap which the roots will still be producing.  It's not honey fungus so no need to worry about this particular one.

What is this?

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 14:22

Agreed, they move well.  The roots can be wide spreading rather than deep when they are that size, so don't dig too close to the stem when you lift them and loosen the soil in about a circle of 30cm around the plant and the roots will come with it. 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Last Post: 14/05/2017 at 14:32

Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Last Post: 10/05/2017 at 20:19

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2017 at 20:01

Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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Last Post: 04/02/2017 at 17:52

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Last Post: 03/12/2016 at 00:32

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34


Hope it finds it's way home 
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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33


No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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