Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Whats eating my lilies? No sign of beetle.

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 18:16

Or snails.

Incarvillia delavayi snowtop

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 18:09

It's commonly known as 'Chinese trumpet flower' Mrs Garden.

Worst ever hailstorm

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 19:22

You're like an island Dove? Look at the tiny 'IN' dot in the middle of the country which is where I am!

We need to do a Grand Fenwick!

Plant ID

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 17:57

Not ground elder but enchanter's nightshade I think which is not quite so bad.

Jasmine - too early for flowers?

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 17:54

Mine just coming into bud - I was about to trim back some rampant growth but will hold off now I've spotted the flowers.  Either I don't have the genes to smell it or mine has no scent tunfortunately, so it holds limited appeal here as the growth tends to strangle my other plants.

Incarvillia delavayi snowtop

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 17:50

Mine are in the ground albeit in slightly raised beds to ensure good drainage (clay soil here.)  They are completely hardy but the tubers won't tolerate any kind of waterlogging.

Incarvillia delavayi snowtop

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 15:28

I grow them - pretty much trouble free and long lived.  Remove the flower stems after they finish although they can produce viable seeds in pods which you would let harden and go brown on the plant if you wanted to collect them.  Watch for slugs when the tubers begin sprouting in late spring.

plant id

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 13:51

It's an ash tree sapling.  Not a tree you want in the average sized garden.

Yellow blotches squash/cucumbers

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 19:00

They may be running out of food.  Try a liquid feed high in nitrogen such as liquid seaweed feed.  Dilute and apply as per instructions on the pack.

anybody run their greenhouse electrics off of solar or wind turbine?

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 18:53

Heaters take too much power to be run by solar panels sanjy.  For example, you would need at least a 250W heater to be of any use in winter in a greenhouse and because the light levels are much lower in winter you would need 500W worth of solar panels which would cover a huge area and be expensive (roughly £750.)  You would also need a large and expensive battery to store the power as well as a charge controller (more expense.)

Lighting is simple and successful though because it uses so much less power.  A few watts worth of LED lights is very bright.  Just search Amazon for 'solar shed light' and you'll find more than you can throw a stick at!  These are simple to fit - just put the panel somewhere that isn't shaded and connect to the light which will contain it's own battery and charge controller.  All you'll need to do is route the wire from the panel to the light and plug it in.  "Plug 'n' play" as they say.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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: 03/12/2016 at 00:32

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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Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

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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