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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Black on leaves

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 16:52

If you have any trees overhanging the affected evergreens, it may be black mould which forms on the sugary honeydew which aphids feeding on the tree leaves last summer dropped.  If so, all you can do it try and wash it off.

Beautifully Odd Foxglove

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 16:40

They are nut.  Other plants where it is common are mentioned in the RHS link.

Tulip Envy

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 16:37

Here are some of mine:

 As you can see, I prefer singles but some doubles do find their way in!


Posted: 26/04/2015 at 12:10

Well, the rain finally turned-up last night at 9pm but there was barely enough to dampen the pavement - just 0.3mm according to my weather station!   Plenty forecast for the next two weeks though but will have to get the hose out to some things this evening as they are wilting.

Giant Lupin Aphid

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 12:04

Hoping you don't get infested again is your only choice if you aren't prepared to spray against this foreign invader which has no native predators.  Nothing to do with the tree I'm afraid as areas in the US where they originated get much hotter than it ever does here in the UK.

Beautifully Odd Foxglove

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 11:53

It is almost certainly 'fasciation'.  See this RHS link for an explanation:


Olive tree growing problems

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 20:08

I agree with Dove about the watering - mine only ever gets watered when the top 2 inches of compost in the pot are bone dry.. and it loves it!

ID Please

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 19:31

Yep, Nepeta of some kind was my guess too.

Odd Bod Bird

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 19:30

My guess is also that it's a genetic mutation.  Perhaps his oil glands aren't working - a bit like one of us having a dry skin condition.  What's left of my hair looks like that after being washed!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 19:25

Pricked-out about 300 seedlings today - not exactly hard work but concentrating on not damaging those tiny babies has made me feel pretty tired!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

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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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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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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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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