Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Help needed - again! Plant ID

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 15:50

Looking at the emerging flower spike, I'd say foxglove.

Waterlogged lawn in rented property. Quick fixes or right off?

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 14:01

Looks like you may have the dreaded horsetail growing there, too (the trendril things.) 

Help Please With Strange Marks On Basil Seedlings?

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 13:58

Could be liri but I'd definitely investigate with a magnifying glass.

Last edited: 01 April 2017 13:59:12

What is this tree??

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 13:57

Yep, and probably the best magnolia to use in small gardens as most of the rest grow into large trees relatively quickly.

Help Please With Strange Marks On Basil Seedlings?

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 13:43

Use a hand lens and see if you can see any tiny insects, particularly on the undersides of the leaves.  It looks like it might be spider mite, thrip or possibly aphid damage.

Plant Identification

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 21:05

Perhaps the last pic is another but less well developed one, LB?  I'm always torn between picking and eating the heads or letting them flower as they are beautiful and loved by insects.

Plant Identification

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 20:01

This is my Globe Artichoke:

Patio magnolia

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 19:51

While magnolias prefer a slightly acid soil, they grow perfectly well in neutral soil and I would go with H-C's suggestion of a mix of garden soil and a loam-based ericaceous like a John Innes.  It'll actually appreciate being in a bucket of water for that sort of length of time.

Plant Identification

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 19:41

The first one is the Globe artichoke I think nut.  I have one growing - will nip out and take a photo in a bit.

Tomato plant problems

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 09:10

Plants do need a dark period for photosynthesis to work properly.  Some info. here:

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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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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