Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Potted tulips

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 14:31

There's a good chance of them coming back next year but there'll probably be fewer of them.  You need to keep feeding and watering them now to build the bulbs up for next year until the leaves naturally die back.  At that point you can move them to somewhere out of the way which is relatively dry (by a house wall under the eaves is good.)

Should it stay or should it go?

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 14:25

I agree with the others and would remove it as it definitely spoils the 'feel' of that area.

Silverskin Onions Overwintered

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 14:22

Onions are biennial Amanda, growing the bulb in the first year and then flowering and seeding in the second, so I think they are a lost cause, unfortunately.

Patchy garden thanks to Builders

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 14:16

Best to dig the sand into the soil beneath before putting more topsoil on top.

Patchy garden thanks to Builders

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 13:13

I agree with Topbird.  This is not at all unusual in new builds and is perhaps is the norm, unfortunately.  It costs money to dispose of building waste so they usually just bury it under a thin layer of topsoil and lay turf.  It's a topic which comes up regularly on the forum.

Agapanthus-planting out.

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 13:08

I would pot them on into slightly bigger pots and keep doing that each year until they flower (usually in their 3rd year in my experience.)  Doing this will encourage them to start flowering quicker than if planted in a border while still small.  One they begin flowering then plant them out into their final positions and they should continue to bloom every year.

Redcurrant - cocoons on the branches.

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 23:36

They don't tend to return and it's a bit of a mystery how they get there in the first place I think!

Last edited: 06 May 2017 23:37:30

Redcurrant - cocoons on the branches.

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 23:25

Those are scale insects and the best thing to do is rub them off.  The white showing at one end is a sign that the eggs are about to hatch and young nymphs will soon emerge and move all over the bush, so get rid of them asap.

Ground Elder ... again

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 18:41

You really need to wait until the foliage has died down completely (ie when it is all brown and crispy.)  If you remove the leaves and stems before that happens there is a good chance the glyphosate won't have translocated to the roots and it could come back with a vengeance.  Assuming you do wait, I think your plan will work and you can spot-treat any reappearing ground elder.  As long as you didn't spray the snowdrops and bluebells they should come back even with a raised ground level as both bulbs are capable of coping with that.  If planted too deep the flower stems swell at a point nearer the surface and these swellings become the new bulb.

What is the name of this plant?

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 12:46

They are both euphorbias, the red one being E. griffithii 'Fireglow' I think.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Last Post: 10/05/2017 at 20:19

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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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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