Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Strange fungus on Acer?

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 15:55

You're welcome, Lisa.  There have been several similar posts recently, so you're not alone.

Strange fungus on Acer?

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 15:50

It's not a fungus but an infestation of scale insects.  Rub them off quick as the white waxy stuff showing below them indicates they have eggs about to hatch.  A plastic scraper or a very stiff scrubbing brush and a pair of gloves should do it.  A bucket of soapy water might help, too.

plant id please

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 15:17

In the first two photos, the purple flowers look like Dianthus deltoides (maiden pink) and the tall things are asparagus, I believe.  Looks like bluebell seedpods next to the pinks.  The 3rd photo looks like Euphorbia lathyris (Caper spurge.)

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Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 14:11

Have to keep coming in from GH construction duties to cool off - it's 25C in the shade out there!  More tea please vicar.   I'll start a 'Building a greenhouse' thread for Dove and anyone else who wants to see progress piccies.

Query about weed suppression membrane

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 14:06

Agree, raisin girl.  Membrane isn't great for worms, either.

Another ID from a novice gardener...

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 13:14

I think Dove's suggestion is more likely - teasel leaves have a kind of water-collecting cup shape where they join the stem.

Apple tree disease?

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 13:10

Could be a nutrient deficiency, either lack of iron or magnesium (the most likely.)  Give the tree a spray with diluted epsom salts which will fix a magnesium deficiency and feed the ground using a general fertilizer which contains trace elements (it will say that on the packet) to correct for iron or other mineral deficiencies in your soil.

Plant IDs please

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 13:02

Although the plants in the first two photo's do look like thistles, it's worth waiting until they flower as they could well be echinops - mine look exactly like that right now.  If the flowers are yellow, then hoik them out.

The second photo looks like ragwort but can you take another photo of the whole plant so we can see the growth habit?

Magnolia scale?

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 11:37

It's thought they arrive as young nymphs on bird feathers or creep along the ground.  A systemic insecticide might work but would be absorbed into the tree and then poison beneficial insects such as any visiting pollinators, so I don't advise their use anymore.  However, as long as you physically get rid of them all it's unlikely to come back.  I had a similar infestation on my peach tree about 5 years ago and it hasn't returned after cleaning them all off.

Young Plant ID

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 11:29

I've corrected the colour best I can - hope this helps:

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Last Post: 29/07/2017 at 16:32


Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 21:28

New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 16:13

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Last Post: 14/05/2017 at 14:32

Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Last Post: 10/05/2017 at 20:19

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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Last Post: 04/02/2017 at 17:52

'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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Last Post: 13/11/2017 at 12:59

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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