Latest posts by BobTheGardener

A stranger in our midst

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 14:17

PS, this one feeds on mildew so a handy thing to have around!

Pumpkin advice?

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 14:13

The skin will change colour and become quite hard when they are ready.

Unknown red bug/shell

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 14:10

I think they're ladybird pupae from which adult ladybirds will emerge.

Are my chilli plants ready to pot up?

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 14:08

Yes, they are ready to be potted on.  I would put them into 20cm pots now.  Chillies don't need a rich compost so you'll be fine using what you have.

Is my dogwood shrub dying/dead?

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 17:14

The things on the trunk are scale insects and while not usually fatal do weaken a tree.  However, I think the tree is either dead or dying and the best bet would be to remove and replace it.  They live from 20 to 80 years, so it may be near the end of its life.  You could leave it and cut it to the ground in winter.  If the roots are alive it will send up new shoots as do all good dogwoods.  That pale shoot near the base could be one, so you could cut it down now and leave that to see if it grows.

A stranger in our midst

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 16:54

Yes it is Halyzia sedecimguttata, the Orange ladybird.

There are lots of types - have a look here:

Potato Seeds?

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 16:50

You could sow the seeds but you would probably only get one small potato.  If you kept that, you could plant it the next year and get a few more, keep those and plant them the year after and you would get a crop but it may be nothing like the original potato which produced the seed.  This is how new varieties are bred.

However, for anyone other than a breeder this is just a waste of time and it's best to remove the fruit (which are poisonous) as soon as you see them so the plant can put its energy into producing tubers instead of seed.

Last edited: 17 July 2017 16:51:14

Magnolia Bush Leaf problem

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 15:13

I agree with Pete - looks like a pest rather than a disease.  If not slug/snails then possibly leaf miners or small caterpillars.

Not so sweet Williams ....

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 14:38

Yes, they're biennials but if they don't grow large enough in their first year because of late sowing or poor weather they need an extra year before flowering.  The ones you sowed in May this year should flower next year as they will have had a long enough growing season this year.

Last edited: 17 July 2017 14:39:01

Weird Weeds

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 13:48

Difficult to say without a close-up but looks like creeping cinquefoil (Potentilla reptans.)  Difficult to eradicate.  You may need to resort to a weedkiller designed for use on lawns.

Last edited: 17 July 2017 13:48:52

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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