Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Shrub ID please

Posted: 12/07/2016 at 16:58

Lovely shrubs.  Philadelphus 'virginal' is a good one.

Micro Baby Leaf

Posted: 12/07/2016 at 16:55

If you google 'micro green seeds' you'll find them much cheaper.  For example I found  selling broccoli seeds at £7.95 for 250g.  At 350 seeds per gram that's an awful lot (nearly 90,000 seeds) for the money.  Nicky's nursery sells alfalfa seeds at £2.15 for 40g (that's nearly a million seeds!)

I think you just need to do some in-depth searching and ignore the more well-known seed suppliers.

My flowers ..

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 22:23

This is a close-up of one of my delphiniums.  Each flower is about 5cm across:

I'm going to try and propagate it as it's in a stand of purple ones!

Help! - What's eating my Catalpa?

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 18:51

I suspect it may be caterpillars eating the leaves, or even snails which love climbing things in wet weather.  I find a lot of them hidden in the foliage of clematis and ivy at the top of a 6 foot fence.

Last edited: 11 July 2016 18:51:53

What's wrong with this Hydrangea?

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 18:43

It's a leaf spot fungus.  There are several possible fungi which can cause this but it usually only affects them during prolonged spells of wet weather.  They usually grow out of it drier weather but I would remove the worst affected leaves so spores don't fall on new foliage and make sure you don't over-water, watering only onto the soil and not the leaves.  As it's an ornamental plant you could also try a general fungicide such as Rose Clear or Fungus Fighter ready mixed sprays.

Cutting ID

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 16:56

Aha, I think you're onto something there nut!  I do indeed remember cutting back a callicarpa and would no doubt have used the offcuts as cuttings!

Cutting ID

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 16:36

Hi all, I took several cuttings about 18 months ago and thought they were of my Philadelphus 'virginal' but they have unexpectedly flowered in their pots and the flowers look nothing like the shrub I thought I'd taken them from!  Any idea what they could be?  I have a few Virburnums but they don't really look like any of those either.  I have 5 pots all the same so it's not an interloper!

Last edited: 11 July 2016 16:37:19

Cos Lettuce

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 15:26

It's all down to the variety and growing conditions.  Cos is a type (more properly called 'romaine'.)  Grow them in rich soil which never dries out (which will cause bolting.)  The faster you can make them grow, the better they will be.  Sow a few every two weeks so you have a constant supply.

Morning Glory

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 15:11

Yep, they are relatively late flowerers but once they get going they can be magnificent.


Posted: 11/07/2016 at 14:45

Sarah, if you find you can't stop them falling apart before they are actually cooked you can steam them.  Not many folk use pressure cookers these days (they seem to have fallen from fashion) but they are still the best way of cooking fresh veg.  Potatoes done in about 5 minutes and no falling apart, no matter what variety.

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