Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Eaten snowdrops

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 17:44

Been out in the garden to and there are plenty (hundreds in my case) of slugs about under leaves etc.  It's a myth that they hibernate and are active any time the temperature is above freezing, especially during and after rain.  It be them wot dunnit!

Last edited: 18 February 2017 17:44:40

Elephant Garlic

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 21:37

Ideally, you plant cloves in September.  Like standard garlic, they are more likely to split into cloves after experiencing some cold.  I would plant them now.

Bowles Mauve looks sat on! Normal?

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 19:04

Remember to take some cuttings in July too.  While it is technically a perennial, it does tend to get leggy after 2 or 3 years.  It's one of the easiest plants to propagate that way.

Night Phlox

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 18:58

Well done for getting it through a winter, something I've never managed.

Flat leaf parsley - are French and Italian the same thing?

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 18:57

Yes, same stuff.  Why two names?  For the same reason I have 3 - Robert, Rob and Bob;  It depends on who is doing the talking!

Moss removal? Hard surfaces AND grass

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 20:57

Stop using quotes then.  They clearly don't work very well and are completely unnecessary.

Any ideas what this plant is?

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 18:51

I agree with nut, almost certainly wood avens.  That weed is the only geum I know of which retains leaves over winter.  You could keep it and wait and see, but if it produces small yellow flowers, get rid of it quick before it seeds or you'll have them forever!

What plant is this?

Posted: 14/02/2017 at 20:22

I think you will need to use root cuttings to propagate any type of asparagus and will probably need to wait until it is has a more substantial rootball.


Posted: 14/02/2017 at 20:16

I honestly can't say I go 'yummy' when I eat them, but they are OK, if a bit bland.  Good for you though.

I also planted aronia at about the same time which are even better for you.  However, they are more than a bit 'zingy' and I now know why their common name is chokeberry!


Posted: 14/02/2017 at 18:47

They are woody and don't need support.  Having moved mine into a shadier spot I have noticed quite a reduction in fruit so would agree with the 'they like sun' advice.  However, they flower early so pollination could have been a problem as I have had cold snaps at flowering time for the last couple of years.and there were few bees about.  Ideally you need two varieties for good pollination but some suppliers do this when you buy a pair.

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