Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Dahlias for newbies

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 14:58

They are widely available as bare roots - check you garden centre or Wilkos etc.  They usually have a picture on the packet.  Here's a page with some orange varieties to look out for:

Last edited: 19 March 2017 14:59:52

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 14:54

Lovely, VS!

Gro-Sure Farmyard Manure

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 14:51

Here you go sheps:

Stabilising a clay bank 2

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 14:47

Some grasses are much better than others for erosion control and you see them on steep banks surrounding ancient castles.  Check this page under 'steep slopes' for some suitable types:

Wildflower ID help please

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 13:09

#1 is Musk mallow (Malva moschata)

#2 looks like Geum urbanum but could be another geum

#3 & 4 could be evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

#5 is probably common primrose (Primula vulgaris)

Last edited: 19 March 2017 13:11:39

Shallow rooted hedge

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 13:02

I'd have the leylandii out now, before they become larger when mainenance will become quite a chore.  Privet is relatively shallow rooted and much easier to trim.

Last edited: 19 March 2017 13:03:32

Saving fruit plants on overgrown allotment

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 12:46

I'd prepare a new area, removing all weeds and adding well-rotted manure then dig them up and transplant them.  It's not too late to do that given the delayed start to the spring and, if they survive, should respond well.  They won't do well in their current location surrounded by grass and if they have been neglected the soil they are in will likely be short of nutrients.

Too early for Acers and Jasmines?

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 12:41

The dead leaves on the acer left from last year isn't a very good sign - that could indicate it died before the winter.  Acers absolutely hate drying out and often snuff it if that happens which is probably the biggest killer of container grown acers.  Don't add fertilizer until you see signs of growth but do water it if the top of the soil goes dry.  Fingers crossed on that one.

I think the jasminium officinale is probably just a later starter.  Mine are just green sticks at the moment.  As long as yours has the same flexible green stems (last years wood) it should be fine.  If the stems are all brown or grey and snap when you bend them, then that's a different matter.

Last edited: 19 March 2017 12:42:09

Bee-kind test

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 21:43

If you look at the chart, the average score is about 2000 so we're all doing rather well.

Plants ID please?

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 18:43

Ox-eye daisy seeds get everywhere once you have them so very likely from a nearby garden.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'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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Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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