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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Celery and the cuckoo in the nest

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 14:17

Looks like it might be one of the willowherbs - damn things get everywhere here!

Aquilegia shapes

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 12:08

You've mentioned canadensis and skinneri before nut - must add some of those and see what happens!

Mine are crosses with mckana hybrids and the large flowered blue & white one native to the Rockies in the US (aquilegia caerulea) - those are very long-lived for me and I have had some in a bed for 15 years. 

poorly peach

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 12:00

Hi denise, it's Peach leaf curl:

http://www.rhs.org.uk/Advice/profile?PID=232

I have a resistant variety called Avalon Pride but it still gets it, however to a much more limited extent (maybe 10% of the leaves in a bad year.)  I recommend this variety to anyone who wants to grow peaches in the UK.

 

Aquilegia shapes

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 11:52

The native Aquilegia Vulgaris look like this and come in a limited range of colours:

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/45292.jpg?width=350

Picture taken from the Touchwood site, here:

http://www.touchwoodplants.co.uk/aquilegias.htm

Most of the ones found in our gardens are crosses of the native one, which has dominant genes, so seedlings are often more like the wild form than any cultivar.  They are more often classified by flower shape such as 'clematis' ,'long spurred', double, etc. as they are so promiscuous that it makes little sense to give these crosses individual names.  Great fun to breed them yourself though - several of us on the forum do that.

photo uploads from phone

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 09:58

This is a problem for most web forums like this one.  The workaround is to upload your photos from your phone to one of the many "photo album" sites like photobucket using their particular mobile app, then use the "External site" tab on the upload page here and paste in the link (URL) of your photo from that site.

This is a link to the Photobucket mobile phone app, for example:

http://photobucket.com/mobile

 

Can anyone identify a seedling?

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 23:37

Tree seedlings I think, possibly beech or similar.

Can anyone id this plant?

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 21:12

Oxalis tetraphylla 'Iron Cross'

Ceanothus 'Italian Skies'

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 19:09

Yep, Dave is right but I always do an 'Alan Titchmarsh' and stick the pot on the ground, stand back and have a look, then turn the pot and repeat until it looks 'right'.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 19:03

The 'showers' forecast here today were actually half an inch of rain!  Still, things were getting a bit dry in the garden so should be sorted now.  Providing it does stop at some point and we don't have a repeat of the 'Summer' before last, that is!

North, South, East or West Facing

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 18:11

I disagree Dove - I would call it a South-facing border in a North-facing garden.  As it will be in shadow from the house though, best select plants as if it were a North-facing border, so we do agree really!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
Replies: 48    Views: 4174
Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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Last Post: 10/12/2013 at 12:21
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