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What is this for?

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 18:56

Antique egg poacher?

ID please

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 17:21

Elsa Spath is another possibility for the blue one.  Red one could well be Earnest Markham as you say.  Both of those are widely available and often crop up in GCs etc.

The fact that they're out now means they are 'early large flowering' types which basically means Group 2.

Last edited: 16 May 2016 17:23:12

ID please

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 16:36

Safe to say both group 2 but tricky to give cultivars.  I'd guess the first could be Comtesse De Bouchard and the second The President.  If in doubt, browse the Hull uni site:

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 20:54

I think the blue flower is a dwarf allium, Guernsey.

Camera Talk

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 19:07

Hi all, this one is of my little helper today, who gets so close I have to be careful!  No need for a zoom when the subject poses this close!

As I've been followed around for the last few days whilst helping to provide for his family, I kept my little point 'n' shoot Canon Powershot A560 in my pocket so I was ready.

Is this weed or flower?

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 17:52

The perennial oriental poppies (like the one in your pic) have hairy leaves.  The large annual poppies you usually see (opium poppies) have smooth leaves.


Posted: 15/05/2016 at 13:48

Vine weevil grubs I'm afraid Julie.

As you can't use pesticides on edible crops, try Nemasys Vine weevil nematodes which you just water onto the soil.  They are a bit expensive but do work.

Not a Clematis

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 13:17

The tree sapling on the left looks like a willow, probably goat willow.  I can see a clematis leaf on the right and if it has yellow flowers it may be tangutica "Bill Mackenzie".

suckering lilac tree

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 12:58

Hard pruning can also trigger them into 'suckering mode' as can raising the soil level above the roots.  As nut says, nothing can be done once they start.

Plant ID please

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 12:54

The first is Petty spurge (aka milkweed), Euphorbia peplus.  Don't let it seed.  The second is Purple toadflax, also a weed but some folk like it.  If you don't want it everywhere, pull it up.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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