Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Tree choice?

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 12:29

Personally, I'd seriously consider having those two trees removed and stumps ground out, even if you have to save up to do it.  They look overly vigorous for that position and haven't been pruned well.  Growing grass beneath them will always be tricky if not impossible.  That would give you a blank canvass and you could plant some smaller, much more well behaved trees and shrubs.

Pergola posts

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 11:29

Hi Dove, can I suggest you go for the bolt type which are the same price:

Much easier to both insert and remove the posts.   The standard ones can be a bit tight and standing on a ladder hitting the top of the post with a slegehammer (like I had to do on a 60ft fence once) is best avoided!

Pergola posts

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 11:14

Not much you can do now really.  Normally, you place the posts in concrete and make an angled cement 'lip' a couple of inches above ground to help prevent rotting (it's contact between wood and soil which causes them to rot ) See this image:

Alternatively, you can use 'metpost' supports which allow you to replace a post when it eventualy rots at the bottom.

Jeruselum artichoke-can it grow in a pot?

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 10:57

PS, there are several types of perennial sunflower such as Helianthus maximiliani and 'Lemon queen'.  You could also look at Berkheya purpurea which is a thistle which produces light purple sunflower-like flowers on tall stems.  Those are great for bees and other insects.

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Jeruselum artichoke-can it grow in a pot?

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 10:40

In my experience, Jerusalem artichokes are shy flowerers (as Dove mentions) so would also go for Globe artichokes or one of the many types of sunflowers.

Flat leaf parsley - are French and Italian the same thing?

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 17:51

The simple fact is that lots of folk (perhaps the majority) in the UK call flat leaved parsley 'French parsley'.  The rest call it 'Italian parsley' and the 'other rest' just call it 'flat leaved parsley'!

Eaten snowdrops

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 17:44

Been out in the garden to and there are plenty (hundreds in my case) of slugs about under leaves etc.  It's a myth that they hibernate and are active any time the temperature is above freezing, especially during and after rain.  It be them wot dunnit!

Last edited: 18 February 2017 17:44:40

Elephant Garlic

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 21:37

Ideally, you plant cloves in September.  Like standard garlic, they are more likely to split into cloves after experiencing some cold.  I would plant them now.

Bowles Mauve looks sat on! Normal?

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 19:04

Remember to take some cuttings in July too.  While it is technically a perennial, it does tend to get leggy after 2 or 3 years.  It's one of the easiest plants to propagate that way.

Night Phlox

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 18:58

Well done for getting it through a winter, something I've never managed.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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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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Gardener's World about to start now!

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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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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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