Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Hedgehog homes and feeding stations

Posted: 26/09/2017 at 19:11

Just a warning that rodents cover bowls of food with leaves and other detritus so keep an eye out for those.  You probably have both hogs and rodents using the feeding station and as long as you don't have a plague of rats it's not something to worry about too much.  I have a trail camera and see both mice and hogs visiting.  The mice are very cute.

Name This Clematis

Posted: 26/09/2017 at 19:05

That would make it an early large flowered variety and group 2 for pruning which should help in the search.

Name This Clematis

Posted: 26/09/2017 at 18:56

Is this the first, second or only flush of flowers this year?  That will help to ID it as there are an awful lot which are that colour and size.  If you want to have a look through some yourself, this is a great site:

Try the Picture search.

Are Family pear trees any good

Posted: 26/09/2017 at 18:36

I have a couple - one has 3 varieties and the other tree has two.  They took a few years to start producing fruit.  The main issue for me is that they are in a fairly open position and in central UK we often get cold cold snaps which can reduce pollination (or reduce the number of pollinators about) but it sounds like your sheltered position will be ideal.  Another problem is pear rust but that can be kept on top of with a bit of vigilance and picking off affected leaves before the pustules form underneath.  Make sure you prune them properly as each grafted variety may have a different vigour then the others.  To compensate, you prune the weaker varieties HARDER than the vigourous ones in winter (a fact which seems to go against common sense which is why some folk get it wrong.)

Japanese Knotweed?

Posted: 25/09/2017 at 20:14

Looks like privet flowers to me.

Plants we wish they'd stop selling.

Posted: 25/09/2017 at 19:54

Fast growing 'privacy' evergreens which only reach 6ft, have all year round flowers, need no maintenance and can be grown in a pot. 

OK, they don't exist but I wish people would stop asking for them!

Mystery Nest

Posted: 25/09/2017 at 19:39

Pigeons scoff the ivy berries around here Fairy but pretty sure their nests are (very) basic twiggy things and don't incorporate mud.  Thrushes line their nests with mud but it does seem a bit on the large side for that!

Unknown fruit/seeds

Posted: 25/09/2017 at 18:37

I think nut got it - Akebia (Chocolate vine):

DIY greenhouse

Posted: 25/09/2017 at 18:32

You'll get moisture no matter what you glaze it with - ventilation is the key so make sure you build in some vents.  This is especially important in summer as temperatures can climb very high and cook your plants if you're not careful.  Twinwall is excellent stuff and is easy to cut.  I used it on my coldframe which has lasted 20+ years and looks like it will last another 20!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Last Post: 27/08/2017 at 19:16

Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Last Post: 29/07/2017 at 16:32


Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 21:28

New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 16:13

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Last Post: 14/05/2017 at 14:32

Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Last Post: 10/05/2017 at 20:19

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2017 at 20:01

Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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Last Post: 04/02/2017 at 17:52

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Last Post: 13/11/2017 at 12:59

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


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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