Gary Hobson

Latest posts by Gary Hobson


Posted: 06/03/2013 at 10:50

That's plenty big enough. I'd plut them in an equal triangle, about 6 inches apart, and just beneath the surface.

Bear in mind that these plants are not fully hardy. The leaves are easily damaged by frost.

Here's one in a pot that spent the Winter in a cold greenhouse. It's not very happy, but will recover. If the temperatures are severe for long enough, then the root will be killed too...

This one spent the Winter in an unheated room in the house. He's much happier, even if he is a bit pale through lack of light...

(Both snaps taken today).



Posted: 06/03/2013 at 07:41

The warm weather yesterday was stirring a lot of things into action. These are frogs that were making a lot of croaking noise. I only realised they were there because of the sounds coming from the pond....

And this was a Brimstone....

There were also some ladybirds about, but I failed to get any snaps of them.

Fork Handles

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 07:19

Morning Forkers,

Planted out some stuff yesterday, on the assurance of Mystic Met that we'd have rain overnight. But no rain , so I need to do some watering today. Think I might cut the grass first too, while it's dry.

The warm weather yesterday brought many of the animals to life. Some frogs...


 And this was a Brimstone butterfly...

best way to clear grass and brambles under trees?

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 16:54

That's a really generous offer.

What a decent bloke.

Fork Handles

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 16:06
lovetogarden wrote (see)

Just seen the first frog of the season in the pond,

Several here too, being noisy, croaking away. Took a couple of snaps. Haven't looked at them yet. I'll post them tomorrow morning.

Just popping outside again to do a bit of tidying up....collecting flower pots etc. Am tempted to cut the grass. The grass is dry and relatively short. In a few days time it will be wet and growing fast. But it's too late in the day for me to start that job.

Fork Handles

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 06:43

Morning forkers,

I'm up extra early this morning. Fed the birds, it was light, with a lovely moon (half full). It was frosty, but no more nightly frost (at least of major significance).

So I've got a busy morning planned. Want to get some stuff that's been in the greenhouse planted out; to make room for some baby seedlings. Planting needs to be completed today as rain is forecast for the next several days. Also want to unwrap some plants that have been wrapped up for the Winter - dahlias and such.

Keep busy. But don't work too hard. And take frequent breaks for refreshments, and checking your computer, etc .

greenhouse heating

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 17:33

The Victorians did use piles of farmyard manure to keep their pineapple hotbeds warm. Rotting manure can give out a lot of heat.

This is what Alan Titchmarsh has to say about using hotbeds today....

greenhouse heating

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 16:33

Another eco-frienedly method of heating a greenhouse is to sleep in it, and your body heat should keep it frost free.

Two people would give out twice the heat of one. You could even invite friends round and create your own hotbed.

Fork Handles

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 16:21

Am very envious about chain saws on poles. I use a pruning saw on a pole, which can be hard work. It only cuts branches upto about 4inches, but I use it a lot. Thinking about a possible purchase of an electric/battery one.

That was a lovely day.

Plan your work, and work the plan. That's just what I did.

I planned to stop work at lunch time, and spend the afternoon in the deckchair. So spent the afternoon sitting in the sun, pleasantly reading Carl Sagan's Contact.

Tree Lily

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 16:08

I've grown several of the T&M tree lilies, though not that paricular viariety, which is possibly new this year. All of those that I have grown flowered well in the first year. I was very pleased with all of them.

I grow mine in pots, because I have poorly drained clay soil. Pots also help to protect the developing shoots from slugs. Slugs are very partial to lily shoots. The downside of tree lilies in pots is that the lilies can (and do) blow over in strong winds

I originally put 3 bulbs of each variety into 14" pots. The bulbs need to be planted deep. Those pots were good for a couple of years, but tree lilies do get considerably larger in the following years. So I eventually had to repot into 16" pots.

Discussions started by Gary Hobson

New BBC Gardening Show looking for Kitchen Gardeners

Replies: 11    Views: 3022
Last Post: 31/03/2014 at 19:57

Hampton Court Family Garden Competition

You are invited to design a family garden which will be built this year at Hampton Court 
Replies: 8    Views: 1811
Last Post: 10/02/2013 at 15:01
2 threads returned