Latest posts by BobTheGardener

How are tomatos in terracota pots??

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 15:42

They will grow fine in just about anything, Eve, as long as there are drainage holes in the bottom.

What are these and is it worth keeping the bulbs that didn't flower?

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 15:40

Can't see the centres on the computer I'm using today, Lyn!

What are these and is it worth keeping the bulbs that didn't flower?

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 15:36

Nut is right - Ipheion would be over by now, thinking about it.

Leggy stocks seedlings

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 14:32

Are these night scented stock?  If so, they are very gangly plants and best hidden behind other plants in the garden as they aren't really a very good looking plant, but the scent is divine.   It's recommended to direct sow but mine never survive the slugs so I do as above.

Can't help with other types of stock though.

Last edited: 03 June 2017 14:33:12

What are these and is it worth keeping the bulbs that didn't flower?

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 14:20

Those look like Ipheion uniflorum, possibly 'Wisley Blue'.  The leaves will smell a bit oniony if rubbed between your fingers.  Like all bulbs, you need to let the foliage die back naturally to feed the bulb so it can produce flowers next year.  If you trim it all off now, you may only get foliage next year and few flowers.

I plant other plants at this time of the year to help hide untidy bulb foliage while it dies back.  By doing that now, you know where the bulbs are so don't tend to 'trowel to death' so many !

Last edited: 03 June 2017 14:23:51


Posted: 03/06/2017 at 13:00

It's a dilemma I always have moushie;  Once flowering, they are constantly being attended by bees.

As it's the leaves you need for the 'tea', you can strip those and leave the stems and flowers for a while.

Probably the best bet though is to cut half of it down completely and leave the rest for a while.  Then cut the other half down when the new growth has got going which will be in flower before you know it.

I harvest mine several times a year.

Plant ID

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 10:11

Looks like one of the Dianthus monspessulanus species (fringed pinks.)  Some of them are highly fragrant.

Tomatoe plants with no flowers !

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 10:40

Hi Italophile, nice to 'see' you again.

I'm currently building a second greenhouse so I can dedicate one purely to tomatoes (actually, it's looking like half of the new one will have toms in too!)  Growing lots of large fruited varieties this year, many of which I haven't tried before, including 'giant lisco' & 'big daddy'.

Last edited: 02 June 2017 10:40:38

Strange fungus on Acer?

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 15:55

You're welcome, Lisa.  There have been several similar posts recently, so you're not alone.

Strange fungus on Acer?

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 15:50

It's not a fungus but an infestation of scale insects.  Rub them off quick as the white waxy stuff showing below them indicates they have eggs about to hatch.  A plastic scraper or a very stiff scrubbing brush and a pair of gloves should do it.  A bucket of soapy water might help, too.

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