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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Weed or Veg IDs from my allotment!

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 20:52

First one might be a herb Robert seedling, 2nd one is another wild geranium (seeds like mad and is a pest here) and the 3rd could be bindweed, just before it erupts skyward!

Plant ID please

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 20:48

Sambucus nigra is the name of the native form WO, but the black one does have the same species name - that one is Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla.

Anyway, it's not that after seeing the 2nd photo.

Cox Orange Pippin tree not looking too healthy, tips please??

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 20:41

Cox's Orange Pippin is a bit harder to grow than your average apple (mine also seems a bit fussy), so it might well be the wet ground and that is making more prone to mildew.  It also looks like it needs a formative prune as there are really too many branches for it to have a good shape.  Have a look at the RHS advice on pruning young apple trees:

Winter pruning will also encourage stronger growth which should help.

Plant ID please

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 19:55

Possibly a young elder (Sambucus nigra.)  Try rubbing a leaf - elder has a strong distinctive smell.  If it's that, it grows rapidly and good for wildlife if you have the room (not to mention elder flowers and berries.) 

Rudbeckia problem

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 19:48

The leaves look healthy enough Wendy but it seems to be having trouble flowering so it may not have established itself well enough yet.  Try feeding it with a liquid feed (tomato feed is also good for flowering plants) but you may need to wait until next year when it should perform.  Give the ground around it a sprinkling of fish, blood and bone fertilizer when it appears next spring to help it get going.

Unknown plant

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 18:55

The wild one shown (Oenothera biennis) can be a bit invasive but there are some rather nice cultivated forms called Oenothera Odorata which have a fantastic scent and larger more refined flowers.


Why do perennials die?

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 18:50

Many perennials are short lived - geums and many salvias among them.  Neither live for more than about 5 years on my clay soil. 

Little Black Beetles

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 18:47

Likely pollen beetles which are harmless but annoying.  They only eat pollen, so if you have damage to the lilies, look elsewhere for the culprit, which will very likely be red lily beetle larvae.

Pollen beetles:

Lily beetle larvae:




Sick Rose

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 18:38

I'd agree with Sue.  The lichen is merely an indicator of their age and is not harmful in any way.  It does show you have excellent air quality though.


Posted: 06/07/2014 at 21:43

I have about 30 plants, some in an unheated glass GH and some in a polytunnel and all are looking very healthy and have unripe fruit, but they're all a bit behind due to a few late cold snaps while they were young, despite them being started about a month earlier than I usually do.  There's a lot to be said for waiting a bit longer before sowing tomatoes, even if you do have a propagator, unless you have a heated greenhouse or conservatory etc to keep them in while they are young.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Polytunnel growing 
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First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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