BobTheGardener


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Solar Lights

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 22:38

NiMh and NiCd are both OK and good for about 500 charge/discharge cycles (so there's your 18 months!)  NiCd are more tolerant of very low temperatures but neither type really like it, so best remove batteries in the coldest part of the year.  NiMh should, in theory, last longer (up to 1000 cycles.)  They also contain slightly less noxious chemicals (Cadmium is particularly nasty stuff if released into the environment) so always take dead batteries to a proper battery recycling point and never put them in your household waste.

Weed Identification Help

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 21:24

Look up Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) to see if it looks similar.

What's this colourful leaf plant?

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 19:05

Yes, taking cuttings is the same way as you do with pelargoniums (which used to be called tender geraniums.)

Last edited: 21 September 2016 19:06:18

Planting out

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 19:00

Agree with nut;  Almost anything which comes in a pot should be planted at the same level.  One of the few exceptions are clematis which are better planted a few inches deeper.

Caterpillars

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 22:12

Superb, the adult moths are amazing too!


http://www.ukmoths.org.uk/species/calliteara-pudibunda#prettyPhoto[gallery]/0/


Caterpillars

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 22:03

Pale tussock, I think Kathryn.

When to prune a Magnolia Grandiflora

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 23:28

Yes, prune it when you see new growth start in spring.  If 8 feet tall is a problem, you probably have the wrong tree for the space, as that is really just a tiddler.  M. Grandilfora will grow to well over 30ft tall and 20+ feet wide so you'll have a job to keep it small but still looking attractive.  Pruned that way it will always be a bit sparse as far as the number of flowers goes because annual pruning will always remove a large proportion of flower-bearing wood.  They can be wall-trained however and then the pruning is done in summer.  Do not prune it between late summer and spring. 

Alicante toms

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 19:07

That's a LOT of fruit for a tomato plant being grown outside!  I think there are too many for them to be able to ripen properly which is likely the problem, now we have seen it.  I can't tell from the photo how many trusses there are but you would normally limit them to 4 or 5 at most when grown outside.  If you have more than that I would remove the extra trusses starting at the top of the plant (you could make green chutney with them) which may give the fruit on the lower trusses a chance to ripen (if we get a bit more nice weather that is.)

pear tree leaf fungus

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 21:51

It's called Pear rust:


https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=236


Bad year for it.

I have an unidentified climber!!

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 21:49

White Moth vine (Araujia sericifera) aka 'cruel plant', a native of Brazil:


http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/31526/


Never heard of one fruiting in the UK - where do you live miketole?

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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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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Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Last Post: 03/12/2016 at 00:32

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34

Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

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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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33

Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

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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