BobTheGardener


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Will rust harm my goldfish....

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 11:48

Iron oxide (rust) is chemically inert so unlikely to have any effect although I have no direct experience of having rust in fish ponds.  Hope that gives you some reassurance Tetley.

Moving bulbs

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 11:46

If the bulbs still have leaves on them (likely at this time of the year) then I would pot them up otherwise the leaves will die and, while they will may well survive, they are unlikely to flower next year as the leaves are now feeding the bulbs for future flowers.

HAVE COMPOST SUPPLIERS UPPED THEIR GAME THIS YEAR.

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 19:11

Wickes own brand compost is excellent this year.  It always was good but they changed the formula a couple of years ago which got some bad reviews but it's lovely black crumbly stuff again this year. No rubbish found in the 3 bags I've used so far. 

grubs

Posted: 06/04/2016 at 23:03

I'd hazard a guess at a member of the ground beetle (Carabidae) family, due to the forked tail.

Help Identify These Plants Please!

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 20:00

Ooh, I think you're onto something there Dove!

Here are some too:

http://www.smith.edu/gardens/bgilib/web/imageFrameset.php?cat=1&latin_name=Iris+sibirica+%27Painted+Woman%27

 

Help Identify These Plants Please!

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 19:44

Very odd looking things aren't they!  The only thing they remind me of is some sort of giant Iris because of their form.

Planting 2 Clematis in the same container?

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 20:41

You could just try it and shade the pot as you suggested.  As long as you never let it dry out it shouldn't die but if it doesn't seem happy you can always remove it from the pot and plant near one of the walls. 

water butt

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 20:37

Hickster, if you have a battery powered drill, you can get pumps to attach to the chuck for under 10 quid.

Planting 2 Clematis in the same container?

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 20:31

As you have two, why not both walls! 

New garden - plant ID

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 20:29

Agree with nut for most of those.

26 could be an oriental (perennial) poppy

29 looks like perennial sweet pea

Wait until 32 flowers - if small and yellow, dig up and dump immediately as wood avens is not something you want in most gardens.  Can't ID the others.

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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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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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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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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