Latest posts by BobTheGardener


Posted: 27/03/2017 at 19:46

I usually leave parsnips in the ground until they are needed - they then last right until spring.  The leaves will die over winter and if you see new leaves forming in the spring, pull them up and use them quick as they will go to flower and turn woody very quickly.

Hammamalis Death

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 19:36

Mine succumbed to Honey fungus which is present in my garden and to which they are very susceptible.  Fingers crossed it's not that.

mini iris

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 19:31

Iris reticulata?  Assuming they still have leaves, remove them intact with as much root as possible and replant them into a pot.  Give them a feed and keep them watered as needed until the leaves die down naturally.  At that point you can stop watering and leave the pot somewhere sheltered and out of the way (eg under a bush.)  Bring it out next spring, water it and, with luck they'll flower again.  They aren't completely hardy in parts of the UK so there's always a chance you'll not see them again.

Trying to find what animal is visiting my garden

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 19:22

It could be that the infra red LEDs aren't working Philippa.  I have 2 trailcams, one is a Swann and picks up mice and even the odd insect at night but the other one (a Bushnell and a fair bit more expensive) doesn't catch anything smaller than a cat.

I'm sure the supplier will sort it out - fingers crossed!

found some bulbs

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 19:25

Yes, plant them out.  They probably won't flower but will grow leaves and build themselves up for next year.

Huge wiry tree

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 19:01

I think you're right nut.  It is a monster, whatever it is - could be anything under there!

Here's a barn under a montana:

Huge wiry tree

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 18:54

I'm wondering if it's a huuugggeee clematis montana which has completely swamped some other tree?

Leaf Damage, What is Wrong With this Plant?

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 18:37

It's the grubs in the soil you really need to worry about as they often eat the roots away completely, resulting in the plant getting sicker and sicker and eventually dying.

Leaf Damage, What is Wrong With this Plant?

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 18:19

The notched edges are typical of adult vine weevil damage.  They are nocturnal so only come out at night but are excellent climbers and spend the day in leaf litter or often onderneath pots.  Horrible looking things, too.  Of more concern is if adults are present, then there will almost certainly be grubs in the soil which eat plant roots.  If you don't mind using pesticides, 'vine weevil killer 2' may still be available otherwise watering in 'vine weevil killer nematodes' is the only other solution that I'm aware of.

Birds and cherry tree

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 18:12

I have dwarf cherry trees so am able to net them but for a large tree I think one realistic option would be a bird scarer, such as a fake hawk placed somewhere high in the tree or close by.  You would only need it up for a few weeks each year (they would probably get used to it if left up all the time) so you wouldn't scare birds away for the rest of the time.

Google "decoy bird of prey" for examples.

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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