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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Blind Daffodils

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 19:34

The other thing to do is mow them and plant new bulbs in the autumn - they are incredibly cheap (think mine were about a quid for 50 from the supermartket!)  You are almost guaranteed flowers then!

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 19:27

Some anemone:

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/72388.jpg?width=350

 Japanese plum 'Lucy' completely covered in blossom:

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/72389.jpg?width=350

 and island flower bed:

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/72390.jpg?width=350

 I love this time of the year!

Sowing Parsnips

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 19:18

I'm in the east midlands and sowed mine a few days ago.  They take a long time to germinate and have a long growing season, so now is about right in my experience.

Where to put a cold frame

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 23:31

Jane, I have mine in part shade.  If you have it in full sun, that's fine but you will have to make sure you open it on sunny days as they can get very hot inside.

In my opinion, the best base is sharp sand, grit or gravel and a good 6 inches deep.  That way you can bury or part-bury your pots which means less watering and helps protect from frost over the winter.

Identify this please!

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 23:22

Unfortunately, you can't upload to this site from most smartphones (yet.)  The best thing to do is upload to a photo-sharing site like Flickr and then paste the sharing link here.

New Apple tree

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 23:04

Enjoy the blossom RB but remove any fruit if it forms.

Strange weed in my lawn

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 21:24

The first picture on that page (on the left) shows the pollen-bearing 'flower'  It's brown and that's all you see at this stage.  Can't think of much else to be honest.

Strange weed in my lawn

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 21:20

Sounds awfully like Horsetail to me.  Is it this?

http://www.maine.gov/dacf/php/gotpests/weeds/field-horsetail.htm

 

first butterfly seen today

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 20:28

They will come Lucy!

To keep you going, here's a photo of a Tortoiseshell on my Japanese plum:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/72141.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 20:24

Built a new raised bed in the area where I dug up a rampant stand of Kerria japonica yesterday.  Transplanted some comfrey to the right-hand side of the coppiced Hazel, near the compost bins (which is where most of ends-up!)  I call this area (which is as far from the house as I can get) "Bob's Retreat"   The raised planter in the foreground is where I grow carrots.

The top 6" on the new bed is home-made compost from those bins - lovely stuff!

Back to work tomorrow though.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

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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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05
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