Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Rose to identify

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 10:03

With the 5-petalled single flowers, I suspect they could be Rosa canina (Dog rose) but could well be wrong as I'm no rose expert.

Last edited: 01 July 2017 10:03:38

Plant ID

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 09:40

They both look like evening primrose - there are several types and about 4 of those are common in the UK.  I grew 'lemon sunset' from seed about 30 years ago which is one of the better forms and still have self-seeded ones from those pop-up randomly.

Last edited: 01 July 2017 09:45:01

Advice about dealing with a heavy aphid infestation on fruit trees

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 00:31

Your friend is on the right lines.  Google 'fruit tree grease bands'.  Once you have those in place, the ants will not be able to climb the tree to 'farm' the aphids and protect them from predators like ladybirds.  Ants feed off the sugary liquid which the aphids excrete as waste and they carry young aphids to fresh new growth.  Use a hose spray attachment to blast off the aphids for now but try and help nature to achieve balance by collecting (or even buying) ladybird larvae and placing them on your trees.  Also try hanging bird feeders on the trees to attract tits which will happliy eat the aphids while waiting for their turn at the feeder.

Help to identify tree please

Posted: 30/06/2017 at 20:32

Looks a lot like forsythia to me.

Unknown plant

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 21:47

I agree, a nice find and worth waiting for flowers which should be highly fragrant.

whats it called?

Posted: 28/06/2017 at 18:48

 What nut said.

whats it called?

Posted: 27/06/2017 at 22:19

Looks like Geum urbanum (wood avens) to me, just before it sends up flowering stems.  I can't get rid of the damn stuff from my garden.

Plant ID?

Posted: 27/06/2017 at 19:31

Looks like Phlomis russeliana (aka Turkish or Jerusalem sage.)  No uses that I'm aware of but might be worth a google.

Interesting hen and chickens marigold

Posted: 27/06/2017 at 19:20

It looks like fasciation which is usually caused by environmental damage (eg insects, a virus, UV light) at an earlier stage in its development in which case it won't get passed on to the next generation.  If all of the flowers on that plant are similar it will be a genetic variation and may be passed on to some of the seeds.

What's eating my Sanguisorba?

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 21:32

That looks like typical adult vine weevil damage.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

Replies: 4    Views: 173
Last Post: 27/08/2017 at 19:16

Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
Replies: 4    Views: 176
Last Post: 29/07/2017 at 16:32


Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
Replies: 11    Views: 325
Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 21:28

New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
Replies: 12    Views: 324
Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 16:13

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
Replies: 1    Views: 251
Last Post: 14/05/2017 at 14:32

Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
Replies: 4    Views: 393
Last Post: 10/05/2017 at 20:19

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
Replies: 1    Views: 240
Last Post: 02/04/2017 at 20:01

Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
Replies: 4    Views: 344
Last Post: 04/02/2017 at 17:52

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
Replies: 37    Views: 1619
Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
Replies: 69    Views: 7501
Last Post: 03/12/2016 at 00:32

Gardener's World about to start now!

Replies: 16    Views: 1041
Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
Replies: 3    Views: 542
Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34


Hope it finds it's way home 
Replies: 3    Views: 611
Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
Replies: 8    Views: 1548
Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
Replies: 10    Views: 1222
Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00
1 to 15 of 44 threads