Latest posts by BobTheGardener

what kind of pumpkin?

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 11:17

Looks like a Japanese winter squash called Kabocha:

Identify mystery moth

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 21:41

To keep them coming back, we need to also provide the food plants (Rosebay and other willow herbs, fuscias & himalayan balsam amongst others) for the caterpillars.  I always let some rosebay willowherb grow in a wild corner for them. 

Spiky leaves

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 21:29

As you said they have orange flowers later in the year, they could very well be day lilies (Hemerocallis), some of which can be a bit invasive and tend to spread around.

Help needed with maple

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 19:21

Look more like scale insects to me.

Pruning upright water shoots on a mature Bradley apple tree

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 10:13

Yes, start now and repeat as the season goes on if necessary.  Cut them off close to the branch and don't leave a stub.

Scented or not?

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 10:09

Not everyone can smell jasmine as some folk don't have the receptors - can any of your friends detect it?  My pink stephanense didn't have a scent to me and needed too much attention so it came out.

Fungi/mould identification

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 21:49

It's not a fungus or mould, but a physiological reaction to overwatering and is called edema.  Cut down on the watering and they should be OK.  I only water mine when the leaves begin to droop slightly.


Posted: 25/05/2017 at 19:36

It's a broom, not sure which one (google 'red broom' to see if you recognise one.)  Prune after flowering by cutting back to young growth but don't cut into old wood.


Posted: 25/05/2017 at 18:42

Some do naturally have white markings but we'll need a photo to confirm.

Can anyone help?

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 21:48

They are scale insects and the white fluff showing means they have eggs hatching so scrape them off quick!  While adult scale insects don't move, the young nymphs are mobile and will climb all over the tree, settle down and you will end up with them all over it.  They suck the sap directly from the branches.

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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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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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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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