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What is this please? Triffid!!!

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 19:04

Common Elder (Sambucus nigra)

Last edited: 24 July 2017 19:05:35

Worm-like Strands under burst bark, Flowering Cherry.

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 18:48

I think those are roots - the (probably cherry) tree is making a desperate attempt to survive after effectively being almost ring-barked but I think it is doomed, unfortunately.

Tomato plants

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 17:18

Could be caterpillars of the Tomato moth:

I get some damage from them most years.  The caterpillars are hard to find as they are nocturnal and are good at hiding during the day.  Look for small black specks of their droppings on leaves below the damaged area.

Last edited: 23 July 2017 17:19:02

Uh oh, what did I plant?

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 13:19


Uh oh, what did I plant?

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 13:15

Foxgloves by the look of them.

Constricting sleeper walls with the long side up

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 13:14

One way of providing extra support is to drill through the sleepers and hammer rebar down through the holes so they go down at least 18" (~45cm) into the soil beneath.  This method is particularly good if you are using them to retain heavy soil or when terracing a slope.  It's also effectively hidden.

Last edited: 23 July 2017 13:14:44

Salvia patens oxford blue

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 11:49

I concur - mine survive outside in a raised bed but are always late to appear and flower.

X-Stream propagator

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 11:45

Hydroponics is really only of use for growing cropping plants indoors under artificial lighting.  If you want to raise any kind of cuttings, the most important thing to provide is bottom heat.  That could easily and cheaply be arranged by having a temperature controlled heated propagation bed (they are easy to make  yourself, if so inclined) or a heated propagation mat  You then place the cuttings in pots filled with a mix of compost and grit (or perlite), stand them on the heated bed/mat and they will root in no time.  Once rooted, you would then transfer them to an unheated greenhouse or coldframe to grow them on.  When large enough to plant out, they need hardening off by placing the pots outside during the day and bringing them back in to the GH or coldframe every night for a couple of weeks.  This allows the plants to slowly acclimatise to outdoor conditions.

I have no Butterflys - help

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 11:32

It's been a bad year and butterflies are suffering in many parts.  I normally see masses of commas, tortoiseshell and red admiral amongst many others but hardly any this year.  Quite a few large and small cabbage whites though!

Breeze Block Garden

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 11:29

You've made a lovely job with those breezeblocks, bplp, and lovely colourful planting!  Quite a transformation from that large area of paving which always looks rather drab and sterile I think.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Last Post: 27/08/2017 at 19:16

Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Last Post: 29/07/2017 at 16:32


Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 21:28

New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 16:13

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: 13/11/2017 at 12:59

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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