Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Blue vs purple flowers

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 10:50

I call the colour of forget-me-nots 'sky blue' and consider it a pastel shade.  A true blue to me would be Salvia patens 'Oxford Blue' (the Cambridge Blue variant would be another pastel blue in my eyes.)  Of course, the definition of blue in a flower is the Gentian, which is why so many other blue flower varieties have that in part of their name.  As has been said, true blue is a rare thing in flowers and a colour I love.  Can't get gentians to grow for the life of me though - typical!

Blueberry woes

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 10:14

Agree with H-C and we've had both conditions this year.  Mine are in containers and a lot of them got frosted and are the same.  Luckily, I have several varieties and the later flowering ones seem OK.

Aphids on my wineberries? (and what to do if so?)

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 10:06

Keep the water pressure reasonable Max - we're not talking pressure washer levels here! 

Start low and test - if it removes the aphids it's high enough.

Flower Identification Request

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 09:57

They look like arctotis.

What is this?

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 09:55

Like nut, we need to know size and where it was found.  If small (eg 5mm) and on the soil surface then it's likely rabbit dung.


Posted: 13/05/2017 at 21:08

I find they usually take at least 2 or 3 weeks to germinate in a cold greenhouse and longer if in the ground, especially if there's a cold spell.  I think there's hope yet. 

Is it safe to plant out runner beans started in the greenhouse?

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 20:50

I've hedged my bets and started 20 off 2 weeks ago which will go out tomorrow and be protected best I can through any cold spells.  The other 20 were sown today and will go out in about 2 to 3 weeks.  If they all do ok, I'll just pick the beans when they are smaller and tastier! 

Tomato accident

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 17:42

ps, there is a suitable shoot just below the break.  I would also cleanly cut off that damaged top with a sharp knife to help prevent disease entering.

Tomato accident

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 17:35

Let one of the side shoots develop rather than pinching it out and that will become the new main stem.

plant ID please

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 17:33

Are you thinking of opium poppies Nanny?  Oriental (perennial) poppies have green and often hairy leaves.  There are nearly 800 species of plants we call poppies so it's never easy to identify one!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener


Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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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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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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