Latest posts by BobTheGardener

not a plant i have ever seen b4

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 14:44

Yep, a weed species of euphorbia commonly known as Caper spurge.

Please help...what is this?

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 14:34

Cotoneaster webber caterpillars, more info on the RHS site:

Green beans still edible?

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 20:48

Yep, try a few and if too tough when cooked normally you can leave them to ripen and dry on the plants then save some as seed and store the rest for use as pulses.  As long as you soak them for 24h and drain before cooking they can be added to stews, chilli con carne etc.

Plant ID please

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 20:35

Those flowers look like grapevine but the leaves don't!  Could it be something related?

Pods on my magnolia tree

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 01:28

Those are definitely scale insects Heather.

Runner beans

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 17:00

It's normal and happens to older pods.  Ideally, you would pick them before they start to get any purple on them as the older the pod the more stringy it will be.

Tall raspberry canes

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 15:39

In a word, yes.  Sideshoots form from the old leaf joints of summer fruiting varieties in the spring and it is those side shoots which will flower and produce fruit, so losing a couple of feet from the top won't result in the loss of much potential crop.

Cutting them back to 6ft will also help protect them from wind damage over the winter.

Raspberry problems

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 15:30

I suspect that the non-fruiting clump is actually a summer fruiting variety rather than Autumn Bliss.  That could have happened after a mix up at the nursery or could even be a natural 'sport'.  Try not cutting that particular clump back when you do the rest in February and you should get a crop in early summer.

Anyone recognise this perennial?

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 19:16

I'm a bit stumped too.  Do the leaves have any smell when you rub them?

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Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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I thought these were philadelphus 
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..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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They're about now! 
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