Latest posts by BobTheGardener

What's wrong with this Hydrangea?

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 20:04

Most fungi are specific to a host plant so it's unlikely to affect anything else.  Good luck and I hope it picks up soon.  A decent bit of sun is what it (and everything else!) needs.

Tree Removal

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 14:24

What  is the diameter of the stump?  If more than (say) 8 inches then a stump grinder is the best option as nut mentioned (smaller than that and you should be able to dig it out with a fair amount of hard work.)  You can hire stump grinders but they are very dangerous to operate so would recommend you get a professional to grind it out for you.  If you Google 'stump removal' and your town/city name, you should easily find someone close.


Posted: 12/07/2016 at 19:59

Lots of other plants originating from South Africa are also suffering Lynn although that's no consolation I know.

Mysterious conifer

Posted: 12/07/2016 at 18:29
nutcutlet says:

could well be a thuja, I don't know many conifers. Could be something that we don't see in the uk.

You'd need something tight growing to cloud prune like that. I wonder how they trim the top bits

See original post

 Very carefully I would think nut!

What's eating my beetroot, Swiss chard & pea seedlings??

Posted: 12/07/2016 at 17:43

Probably slugs or snails (you are right in that they don't often leave visible trails) but it could also be woodpigeons if you have any of those around.  If pigeons, netting is the only protection which will actually work.

Weeds or Wild Flowers??

Posted: 12/07/2016 at 17:39

Get rid of the Fat Hen (3rd pic.)  The flowers don't get any more exciting than what you see now and if you let it seed you will be pulling it up for the rest of the time you live in that property.  Wild flower it may be, but pest it certainly is!

Shrub ID please

Posted: 12/07/2016 at 16:58

Lovely shrubs.  Philadelphus 'virginal' is a good one.

Micro Baby Leaf

Posted: 12/07/2016 at 16:55

If you google 'micro green seeds' you'll find them much cheaper.  For example I found  selling broccoli seeds at £7.95 for 250g.  At 350 seeds per gram that's an awful lot (nearly 90,000 seeds) for the money.  Nicky's nursery sells alfalfa seeds at £2.15 for 40g (that's nearly a million seeds!)

I think you just need to do some in-depth searching and ignore the more well-known seed suppliers.

My flowers ..

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 22:23

This is a close-up of one of my delphiniums.  Each flower is about 5cm across:

I'm going to try and propagate it as it's in a stand of purple ones!

Help! - What's eating my Catalpa?

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 18:51

I suspect it may be caterpillars eating the leaves, or even snails which love climbing things in wet weather.  I find a lot of them hidden in the foliage of clematis and ivy at the top of a 6 foot fence.

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