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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

bulb planting advice

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 19:03

I grew polyanthes tuberose a few years ago.  They need a very warm, sunny spot - I grew mine in the conservatory and they smelt lovely.  Didn't manage to get them to flower in the 2nd or 3rd years though - just foliage.  Gave up and converted them to compost at that point.


Posted: 27/04/2015 at 18:44

I assiduously clean all of my pots, seed trays and greenhouse every spring with a very small nail brush.

I also tell fibs!


Please help with plant/tree ID

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 18:10

I think the first is a Japanese quince (Chaenomeles) but don't know about the 2nd one.

Dicentra spectabilis - is yours up yet?

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 23:37

I was brought up with the metric system at school but find it easy and beneficial to swap between that and imperial depending on the subject and who I am talking to.

Dicentra spectabilis - is yours up yet?

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 18:59

About 2-3 feet tall - it'll get a lot bigger!


Growing Raspberries - newbie

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 18:54

Pruning is different.  Autumn types - all canes are cut down to the ground in early spring and the fruit appears on the new canes which grow the same season.  Summer types fruit only on the canes which grew last year and you prune only those canes down to the ground which have fruited, immediately they finish fruiting.

For your raspberries TC, if you get fruit on the new canes (which should be starting to grow now) in autumn, they are an autumn type.  If not, they are a summer type and you will get fruit next summer.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 18:45

Earthed-up the spuds before a possible frost tonight, potted-on several dozen seedlings, split a couple of heucheras and took some cuttings just in case, did some weeding, watered and fed the blueberries hand-pollinated all of the apples and pears as a precaution - not all that many bees around today.   A Robin was following me all day and so closely that I nearly accidentally put my hand on it when reaching for the trowel by my side!

Can anyone identify this plant for me?

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 18:35

I think it might be a Rowan tree sapling.

Black on leaves

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 16:52

If you have any trees overhanging the affected evergreens, it may be black mould which forms on the sugary honeydew which aphids feeding on the tree leaves last summer dropped.  If so, all you can do it try and wash it off.

Beautifully Odd Foxglove

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 16:40

They are nut.  Other plants where it is common are mentioned in the RHS link.

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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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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