BobTheGardener


Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Is Buddleia Davidii Pink Invasive?

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 13:14

Snap, Dove.

Is Buddleia Davidii Pink Invasive?

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 13:14

It's the seeds which are tiny and get blown a long way in the wind which make it invasive.  If you dead-head them as soon as the flowers fade you will prolong the flowering season and prevent the seeds from becoming a nuisance.  Keep it and enjoy it.

Can I move these plants now?

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 12:53

The pink one on the left looks like musk mallow and is a short-lived perennial but usually grows as an annual.  The purple one on the left is also a mallow, this time a pure annual so appears from self-sown seeds.  The purple one on the right is purple toadflax which is another short-lived perennial but, again, usually grows as an annual and self-seeds prolifically.  None of them will like being moved at this stage and will almost certainly die but may manage to form seeds before that happens.

Magnolia help

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 12:36

I grow several magnolia in containers and would not use pure ericaceous compost.  Add maybe 10 per cent ericaceous to a John Innes #3.  They prefer slightly acidic soil but can tolerate a wide range.  Pure ericaceous is just too acidic.

creepy crawly things - rose

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 12:27

There is a natural 'junction' on each rose stem which allows the dead flower to detach naturally.  However, a pigeon or other large bird flapping about can easily detach them at that point (the damn things are constantly chasing each other during mating rituals around my flower beds.)  A stressed rose will also drop buds and flowers which will detach at the same 'junction'.

Dwarf apple tree

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 12:18

Apple trees do sometimes have small amount of blossom again if they are stressed.  It's too late for fruit to form though.  Young trees shouldn't be allowed to fruit until about their 3rd year anyway as they need to concentrate on putting down a decent root system.  The weight of fruit can also bend or break the branches which are too young to support them.

Weed identification

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 11:24

It's certainly not Hawkweed.  As previously mentioned, that only grows to about a foot high.  Hawkweed also has hairy ovate leaves and orange flowers while your plant has smooth thistle-like leaves and yellow flowers.  It's one of the sow thistles, maybe this one:


http://www.seasonalwildflowers.com/smooth-sow-thistle.html


or if it is prickly, this one:


http://www.seasonalwildflowers.com/prickly-sow-thistle.html

Last edited: 23 July 2016 11:29:02

Plants identity

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 23:23

As it has two flowerings, it is more likely a group 2 so only light pruning is needed in early spring.  Follow the tips back to a pair of buds and cut just above them.  If you find the flowers are getting higher each year with bare stems below then treat it as a group 3 for one year then 2 more years as a group 2.  I find this is a good way to keep vigorous ones under control but still maximise flowering.  You're right, there are so many clematis varieties it is often difficult to pin down the exact variety.  On a rainy day, have a good browse through this site to see if you can find it:


http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/

What's going on with my broccoli?

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 19:07

Brassicas don't really like the loose soil in raised beds and do much better in the ground.  They need firming in when planted - I use the heel of my boot and that's on clay soil.  If you have no choice but to grow them in raised beds, plant them deeper (right up to the stalks of the bottom leaves) and really firm them in.  Never let them go short of water.

HELP NEEDED WITH CLEMATIS

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 23:44

You have a very healthy looking specimen there Flyfifer!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Gardener's World about to start now!

Replies: 18    Views: 673
Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
Replies: 3    Views: 240
Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34

Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
Replies: 3    Views: 369
Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
Replies: 8    Views: 1193
Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
Replies: 10    Views: 831
Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
Replies: 19    Views: 1650
Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33

Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
Replies: 11    Views: 597
Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
Replies: 1    Views: 615
Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
Replies: 9    Views: 1238
Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
Replies: 12    Views: 1025
Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
Replies: 16    Views: 1017
Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
Replies: 13    Views: 998
Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
Replies: 2    Views: 863
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! 
Replies: 3    Views: 707
Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
Replies: 15    Views: 1136
Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32
1 to 15 of 34 threads