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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Bird sightings

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 14:22

Not seen that particular one but they'll do anything to try and keep birds esp. gulls and pigeons away from airports.  Might even have been a trained kestrel.

rogue plant in border

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 13:30

Foxgloves, not a doubt at all!  That one will produce several flower spikes

ID Please Peeps

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 13:29

f-m-n leaves are indeed very slightly hairy, so they may be something else.  Might be worth re-potting as they look like they have been in that compost a while and may be a bit nutrient-starved, whatever they turn out to be.  It'll be easier to tell when they've grown a bit.

ID Please Peeps

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 11:59

I get an error when clicking those pics but I copied and pasted them into an image viewer so I could zoom-in and think they are possibly forget-me-nots (Myosotis.)

quice

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 17:22

Click the lttle green tree at the top of the reply box and follow the instructions.  Doesn't work on ipads or smartphones though.

forgotten bulbs

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 17:19

Hi B3,  Yes, get them in asap.  They may still flower this year, although will be very late.  It's always a bit of a gamble whether tulips will flower in the secomd and subsequent years as many of them are bred as annuals these days, but if you plant them deep (8 inches) you have a better chance of them repeating.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 17:11

Moved a young Witch Hazel (Diane) which I decided was planted in the wrong place and replaced it with a Daphne (Eternal Fragrance) near the front door.  Dug out a rather too rampant Jasmine (stephanense) which hardly ever flowered from a large planter and replaced it with a fig (if something is going to make me keep hacking it back, it needs to earn it's keep!)  Raised one of my veg beds by about 5 inches (width of a decking plank) so the spent compost from the greenhouse borders would be contained and moved that from one side of the GH to the bed.  Pruned a few roses while catching my breath and weeded a couple of bucketfuls of creeping buttercup from various places while being followed by a Robin and a couple of dunnocks.  Took a few more breaths admiring all the different types of crocus I planted a couple of years ago and watched the bluetits, goldfinches, greenfinches, coaltits and sparrows attacking the feeders while I had a deserved cup of tea.  Wonderful day!  

Seed sowing in the pottng shed tomorrow, while my back recovers!

nettle fertilizer

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 13:25

Blueberries like a high-nitrate feed so nettle tea is good for them Zoomer.  I also use an ericaceous feed which contains sequestered iron.

Clumps of crocus with no flowers

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 09:52

Yep, I'd go with crocus too.  With the gravel, I'd use a regular liquid feed while they are in leaf and mark the clumps.  After the leaves have died back I'd dig them up, scrape the gravel back and improve the soil before replanting, if you want to keep them in that area.

holes

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 19:09

It's probably a combination of both eelworm and keeled slugs - a 'deadly duo' when it comes to spuds!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31
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