Latest posts by BobTheGardener

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:

Plants for Wedding 2 June

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 11:05

I raised lobelia from seed using a heated bench in an unheated greenhouse and they didn't begin flowering until the 2nd week in June so even if you had the right equipment, growing from seed isn't really an option.  I agree with fidget and would keep visiting several garden centres a few weeks before the wedding to see which plants each have and at what stage of development they are.

Help identify

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 10:45

Hi Robbie, it's a Phormium tenax (New Zealand flax) and all you need to do is remove the old flower stems by cutting them right back to the base.  Do the same to any old leaves in spring.  Don't cut the tips off of any leaves as they'll just slowly die back from the cut and will look a right mess!

Mushroom I D

Posted: 05/08/2017 at 23:03

I picked some which were 8-10 inches diameter (and which tasted lovely fried for breakfast!) so they can grow very large.

One bit of advice is to break off a small piece and place it under your tongue for a few minutes - if any reaction or discomfort then don't risk it.

Mushroom I D

Posted: 05/08/2017 at 19:20

Field mushroom, I would say.  Damage a section to make sure it doesn't turn yellow.:

Field mushroom:

Yellow stainer:

As always, don't take my word for it as identifying fungi online is never a certainty.

Winter flowers

Posted: 04/08/2017 at 19:16

Don't forget the wonderful range of leaf colours of heuchera.  They can get a bit tatty over winter but do provide colour when not much else will.

Agapanthus From Seed

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 20:04

The offspring will likely be a mixture, some similar and some quite different.  Try it and after about 3 years when thay start flowering, you will be able to select  and keep the ones you like.

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