Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Bird feeders

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 18:11

Those holes look a bit small to be honest GD and I wonder if that's part of the problem.  I use to get that issue with my old plastic feeders but I've been using Gardman large heavy duty seed feeders for about 4 or 5 years now.  They work great and are easy to disassemble for cleaning.  Also squirrel proof (I don't think you have that problem though, if I remember correctly, you lucky thing!):

Help needed - again! Plant ID

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 15:50

Looking at the emerging flower spike, I'd say foxglove.

Waterlogged lawn in rented property. Quick fixes or right off?

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 14:01

Looks like you may have the dreaded horsetail growing there, too (the trendril things.) 

Help Please With Strange Marks On Basil Seedlings?

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 13:58

Could be liri but I'd definitely investigate with a magnifying glass.

Last edited: 01 April 2017 13:59:12

What is this tree??

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 13:57

Yep, and probably the best magnolia to use in small gardens as most of the rest grow into large trees relatively quickly.

Help Please With Strange Marks On Basil Seedlings?

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 13:43

Use a hand lens and see if you can see any tiny insects, particularly on the undersides of the leaves.  It looks like it might be spider mite, thrip or possibly aphid damage.

Plant Identification

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 21:05

Perhaps the last pic is another but less well developed one, LB?  I'm always torn between picking and eating the heads or letting them flower as they are beautiful and loved by insects.

Plant Identification

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 20:01

This is my Globe Artichoke:

Patio magnolia

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 19:51

While magnolias prefer a slightly acid soil, they grow perfectly well in neutral soil and I would go with H-C's suggestion of a mix of garden soil and a loam-based ericaceous like a John Innes.  It'll actually appreciate being in a bucket of water for that sort of length of time.

Plant Identification

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 19:41

The first one is the Globe artichoke I think nut.  I have one growing - will nip out and take a photo in a bit.

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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