Latest posts by BobTheGardener

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.

Used Thick black plastic for weed control

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 12:37

Black plastic works by excluding all light which weeds can't grow without.  Once down, weeds will simply die and rot away.  All you really need to do is remove any woody weeds like bramble to prevent them piercing the plastic and find a way to hold the plastic down so the wind doesn't get under and lift it.  You can use bricks and bury the edges of the sheet, for example.  No need to use weedkiller.

How is my Chinese wisteria growing?

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 12:31

My wisteria are only just starting to produce leaves (flowers come first, once they are old enough to flower.)  Yours looks fine and, as it is newly planted, will be concentrating on growing roots for the next couple of years.  After that you can expect some rapid growth to take place.


Posted: 06/05/2017 at 12:06

You can buy the corrugated sheets from any builders merchant (eg wickes.)  There are several ways to keep them in place from using metal hoops over them to just placing 2 lines of stakes/canes and bending the sheets between them and tying string to the stakes each side over the top to hold them in place.  Some google images to give you ideas:

Plum Tree Problems

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 11:50

I would also tickle a bit of blood, fish and bone into the surface of the soil at the base to give the tree a good general feed which may help it recover, Craig.

Are my broccoli seedlings ok?

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 11:03

I agree, no hope for those.  There is a possibility that your homemade compost is a bit acidic which the tomatoes won't mind but the brassicas will hate.  I would sow the next batch in a commercial compost, most of which contain a bit of lime.  This would also eliminate any possibility of disease affecting the seedlings.  When happy, brassica seedlings are strong and fast growers.

Last edited: 06 May 2017 11:03:44

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Some kind of mint?

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Wrong variety but happy 
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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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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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