Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Too early for Acers and Jasmines?

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 12:41

The dead leaves on the acer left from last year isn't a very good sign - that could indicate it died before the winter.  Acers absolutely hate drying out and often snuff it if that happens which is probably the biggest killer of container grown acers.  Don't add fertilizer until you see signs of growth but do water it if the top of the soil goes dry.  Fingers crossed on that one.

I think the jasminium officinale is probably just a later starter.  Mine are just green sticks at the moment.  As long as yours has the same flexible green stems (last years wood) it should be fine.  If the stems are all brown or grey and snap when you bend them, then that's a different matter.

Last edited: 19 March 2017 12:42:09

Bee-kind test

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 21:43

If you look at the chart, the average score is about 2000 so we're all doing rather well.

Plants ID please?

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 18:43

Ox-eye daisy seeds get everywhere once you have them so very likely from a nearby garden.

Plants ID please?

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 18:32

Look like narcissi in 1st pic and ox-eye daisy in 2nd.

Bee-kind test

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 18:29

4,984 but I have been going out of my way to plant bee-friendly plants for quite a few years now.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 21:44

Yes chicky, it's 'rip van winkle'

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 21:17

Some from the back garden - lots of yellow!

What plants?

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 21:03

I agree with nut, the tall ones are probably penstemons and I think the ball-headed ones in the planter are very likely pelargoniums, like these:

Plant ID

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 22:37

Looks like Lysimachia punctata.  It is rather vigorous when happy so a bit of control now is a good idea.

Last edited: 16 March 2017 22:38:00


Posted: 16/03/2017 at 18:46

Did you leave the foliage attached?  If so, that will draw out water and they will go floppy, so remove it as soon as you pull them.  Carrots store well over the winter in damp (but not wet) sand, if you want to keep them fresh for as long as possible.

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Some kind of mint?

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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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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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