BobTheGardener


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What to do with

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 20:17

I always plant pots of tulips in the border - if they don't appear next year they compost themselves!  Foxgloves transplant easily and I'm pretty sure canker is transmitted by airborne spores or insects so I wouldn't worry about the soil.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 20:08

The wind was a bit chilly but kept warm by planting two rows of 2nd earlies.  Dug up five lots of spanish bluebells which were just about to come into flower and replaced them with chionodoxa and tulips which I've grown mixed in 25cm pots just for this purpose and are both now starting to bloom. Don't you love it when a plan comes together?! 

First shoots also appeared on my lifted dahlias - thought that was never going to happen!

Please do you know what this bush might be?

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 19:45

Snap Marlorena!

Please do you know what this bush might be?

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 19:44

Diosma?

Canary

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 19:34

Hi all, was just finishing off in the garden when a bright yellow bird landed near me and started pecking at a few weeds.  Pretty sure it's an escaped canary so hope it finds it's way home or it probably won't last long.

I managed to get back into the house to find my camera without scaring it off but just as I was about to take a photo it flew up onto next door's roof, so this is all I could get:


 

Unidentified weed

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 18:24

You could try putting down a mulch such as bark chips Robert.  It doesn't grow very tall and would be smothered.  The mulch would help improve the soil over time, too.

Lavender

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 14:48

I agree with Philippa, Sarcococca would be a much better bet and actually requires shade or part shade.  Evergreen too.

Weed/plant identifcation

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 14:43

You could be (and probably are) right nut.  All of my 'collection' of buttercups have wider and less segmented leaves but given how prolific they are, it could just be a variant that doesn't grow around here.

Weed/plant identifcation

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 14:33

If you look closely, I don't think it's a buttercup nut.  The leaves look like some kind of poppy and are very similar to californian poppy, but I don't think it's that as it's an annual and wouldn't be that big at this time.

It does look very weedy though so I'd have it out too!

 

some thing eating my plants

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 13:20

The strawberries look like they are being munched by slugs.  Straw won't protect them against slugs, it is used to prevent the fruit from touching the ground which causes the berries to rot.  Sprinkle a few slug pellets under the straw so the birds can't get to them or, if you don't want to use pellets, water Nemaslug into the area:

https://www.google.co.uk/?gws_rd=ssl#q=nemaslug

 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Don't think netting will work 
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Replace or cut back hard? 
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Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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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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