BobTheGardener


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Badgers or Crows - Terrible Damage

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 18:40

Hi Greg, the crows would have been after leatherjackets, the larvae of cranefly.  You can water in nematodes which will kill them and, with nothing to eat, the crows will leave it alone.  However, they are most effective in the Autumn.  A human presence will also help a lot - most crows are afraid of humans.

 

A tomato question

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 22:25

Leaves curling are a reaction to large temperature changes rather than frost damage as such - that will kill tomatoes and the leaves turn white.  The plants may slow down for a bit (known as being 'checked') but will recover.  Curling leaves can even happen in summer if it gets too hot during the day and cold at night.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 22:18

Lovely Flumpy!

Island bed with tulips now out:


Kerria japonica screening nextdoor's conservatory:


 

Camera Talk

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 22:06

Sunset in Leics last night - the whole sky was this colour:


 

unidentifiable pods

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 21:23

I think Jinxy is right - it's a windmill rather than fan palm but those are definitely flower buds.

unidentifiable pods

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 21:13

Pretty sure it's a fan palm and those are the flower buds - have a look at the images at the bottom of this page:

http://www.plantsrescue.com/tag/european-fan-palm/

 

blackberry bush

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 18:52

Blackberries ideally need to be in the ground but it should be happy, at least for a few years, in a tub as long as you feed and water it well.  Some retailers mention growing Loch Tay in containers.  I would remove the top few inches of compost each spring and replace it with fresh, perhaps mixed with some well-rotted manure.

blackberry bush

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 16:37

The young shoots will produce fruit next year snowqueen so keep the big ones which will flower and produce berries this year.  Once you have picked the fruit, cut the fruited canes right back to the soil.

Hidden gem or thug

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 15:09

Yep, a hardy geranium as pansyface said.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 11:17

Inspected for frost damage earlier - was below freezing from midnight and went down to -2C at 7am before rising again.  Layer of ice on birdbath removed.  A few magnolia flowers succumbed and the previously nice straight tulips just about to open looking decidedly wonky!  Tomatoes and chillies on the heated bench OK though.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Canary

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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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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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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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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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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