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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Identify this please!

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 23:22

Unfortunately, you can't upload to this site from most smartphones (yet.)  The best thing to do is upload to a photo-sharing site like Flickr and then paste the sharing link here.

New Apple tree

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 23:04

Enjoy the blossom RB but remove any fruit if it forms.

Strange weed in my lawn

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 21:24

The first picture on that page (on the left) shows the pollen-bearing 'flower'  It's brown and that's all you see at this stage.  Can't think of much else to be honest.

Strange weed in my lawn

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 21:20

Sounds awfully like Horsetail to me.  Is it this?


first butterfly seen today

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 20:28

They will come Lucy!

To keep you going, here's a photo of a Tortoiseshell on my Japanese plum:


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 20:24

Built a new raised bed in the area where I dug up a rampant stand of Kerria japonica yesterday.  Transplanted some comfrey to the right-hand side of the coppiced Hazel, near the compost bins (which is where most of ends-up!)  I call this area (which is as far from the house as I can get) "Bob's Retreat"   The raised planter in the foreground is where I grow carrots.

The top 6" on the new bed is home-made compost from those bins - lovely stuff!

Back to work tomorrow though.

Plant/weed ID please

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 19:28

Might be Ash tree seedlings - any Ash trees near?

ID? Weed or plant

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 14:19

What may work is a photo thread where folk who have identified a weed themselves take a photo and post it, together with the ID.  The problem then comes with people who reply saying "Mine looks similar, is this it?" so tangents are inevitable in a forum format (which is what makes forums so interesting, of course!)  Weed identification is better suited to a dedicated website, like those I have pasted links to in previous posts.  There's nothing to stop a member setting-up a website like that and pointing folk to it, providing they are not selling anything or including their own forum and 'poaching' members from here (which has happened before.)  Just my opinion, of course.

can anyone tell me what layed these

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 13:12

I think they may be slug eggs, probably about to hatch.  Have a look at this page which shows ones that look similar.  The ones on the log may have dried-out.


Plant ID please

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 11:51

That one is also known as 'Spanish dagger'! 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33


No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39
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