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Posted: 28/05/2015 at 19:24

Contemplating (ok, pottering) without a doubt!

Climbing "Yardlong" Beans (Fagioli Rampicanti)

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 19:21

I'm trying sultana for the first time this year so glad you mentioned that fidget.

Strange Conifer growth

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 19:11

If there is definitely only one trunk then I think nut is right and you need to follow the rampant growth right back to where it grows from the main trunk and cut it off there.  If you leave it, it will take over and the dwarf parts will dwindle away and die.

Climbing "Yardlong" Beans (Fagioli Rampicanti)

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 19:04

They failed in my polytunnel last year.  I tried sowing some more in mid June when the first lot died and they also failed when planted into (a different section of) the polytunnel.  I thought about trying the greenhouse instead this year but have no room.  I suspect they are just too fussy for the UK climate and Dove may have hit the nail on the head with those temperature requirements.

Cobra have always done well for me fidget.

What are these?

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 20:58

Florifloria invisibilus!   Try uploading the photo again hollie!

Finished tulips

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 20:51

If you want the best chance of the tulips coming back and flowering again next year then you need to let everything die back naturally at which point the leaves will pull away easily.  Having said that many of the 'fancy' tulips don't come back well no matter how you treat them - they are often used as annuals and bulbs replaced each year.  Do you know what type(s) they are John?

Planting 2 plants in the same place (idiot gardener) hostas

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 20:36

Ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) I think a1154.

Plant ID please

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 20:31

Californian poppy (Eschscholzia californica) Prof.

Anyone seen any ladybirds?

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 21:38

Marked lack of them here too.  No aphids to mention either though, so perhaps it's a case of a 'foxes and rabbits' type population swing?


comfrey in newly seeded lawn

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 21:28

Jamie, I have moved comfrey several times in my garden and while it is impossible to get all of the roots out, you can eventually get rid of it in unwanted places by pulling it up every time it re-grows.  I suggest you hand pull it until your new lawn is old enough to begin being mowed, after which I think the regular mowing will eventually exhaust it.  Alternatively, your idea of using feed & weed next year should do the trick.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33


No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

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
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