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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Garlic rust, tomato leaf discolouration and apple tree nutrient deficiency?

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 10:33

I agree with Chrissie - destroy all rust infected alliums asap.  It's almost certainly Leek rust and it's becoming more of a problem, mainly because there are always some leeks in the ground, somewhere..

Help and Advice

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 10:28

Hi Pinkypoo, the first one is a dwarf conifer of some kind - I don't know which one but perhaps someone else here will, or have a look through these to see if you can match it:

http://www.kenwithconifernursery.co.uk/dwarf-conifers-d

As for the Rosemary, when they get old they do get like that.  Unfortunately they usually don't take kindly to being cut back hard, so if you want a tidier one, I suggest taking cuttings and start off a few new ones to eventually replace it.  They don't usually live all that long but there are exceptions and I think yours is one of them!   It may be 10 years old or so.

What to do after daffs?

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 21:31

Aquilegias are also good at filling the gap between spring bulbs and perennials.

How can I tell if my Black bamboo is alive?

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 21:11

And it is very unlikely to shoot from the old canes, but should send up new shoots from the roots, once they are growing happily.  That may take a while though.

Please identify

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 22:29

My guess would be cleavers aka goosegrass and many other names.  Does it look like this?

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

You can just pull it up, but best to follow the stems down to the ground and pull the root out as the stems will just break off otherwise and it will grow (quickly!) again.

Blackspot & Roses

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 19:38

Horses for courses, rosemummy!  If they grow well in your garden they are wonderful, but if they don't, there's little sense in fighting nature! 

ID Please

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 19:34

Now you mention it, I had another look at a cleaned-up and resized image of the flowers at top right (see below) and I think they are aconitums, so keep trying with those delphinium seeds, Alan!

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/48181.jpg?width=350

Blackspot & Roses

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 19:18

An alternative is to give up growing roses - there are a huge number of alternative plants and shrubs which aren't so prone to pests and diseases, will look fantastic and don't need all that pampering.

Soil types

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 19:10

I agree with Fairygirl.  If you want to add a bit of ericaceous compost to the compost & FYM to ensure a slight acidity, it will last for a few years on that type of soil.  Not strictly necessary for the plants you mention as FG said, but worth knowing if you ever wanted to grow something like blueberries which do really need a low pH.

geum mrs bradshaw

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 23:20

Yes, just the very end as young flower buds often form an inch or two below the old flower.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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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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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

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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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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