BobTheGardener


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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.

Bugs

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.

Creosote - Which one and the best technique?

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 21:55

OK, bring back creosote - cancer never really hurt anyone did it?


It wasn't banned by the EU but, like most things, by our own government.  Most of these 'EU did this, EU did that' memes are myths or blatent lies.


There, I've said it.

Anyone know what this weed is?

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 20:56

Might be knotgrass (Polygonum aviculare) but a bit difficult to tell from the photo.  See if google images for it help.


Edit: just found this which I think confirms it:


http://www.downgardenservices.org.uk/knotgrass.htm

Last edited: 14 May 2016 20:58:00

The Chelsea chop

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 20:34

This was asked a few years ago on the forum:


http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/thread/?threadId=80926

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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Canary

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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Drought

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

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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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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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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