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Seasoned gardeners

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 16:47

PaulaH You are a gardener by trade too   Think I tried to look at your profile before but comp said no and just kept telling me about me lol x


Posted: 29/07/2013 at 16:37

Hi everyone and commiserations for those who need it, health or flooded gardenwise.

Just come back from a long weekend in a place near Leominster, Hereford. Anyone on here live near there? Stayed with a friend I've not seen in years. She now has a small holding in the back of beyond a complete deadzone as far as my satnav and phone are concerned. Drove round for over an hour trying to find her. Eventually found a local who knew them and rang for my friend to meet me and show me the way  had driven past turning 3 times lol. 

Absolutley idyllic where they are. Beautiful countryside. Have pics I will post later as well as pics of the original Hampton Court castle and gardens and Stockton Bury Gardens both definitely worth a visit. Still have to post pics of Bramdean that I visited a while ago...just not enough hours in the day!!!! 

vine weevil

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 16:19

The main ingredient in Provado...thiacloprid.....has also been linked to depleting numbers in bee population  If the plant is in the ground it will survive beetle damage and grubs will be eaten by predators. If in a pot put a bit of landscape fabric in the bottom, leaves no access through drainage holes, and give the top of the pot a thick layer of gravel/grit etc. Beetles can't lay.

Seasoned gardeners

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 15:29

Hello H & M  Fairly new here myself. 

Margaret seeds are wonderful things too and so readily available. Ask neighbours for those too. Most will be more than willing to share.


Posted: 29/07/2013 at 15:16

More mistakes by me than just thugs  Thought I could control them. Live and learn...A "mile a minute vine"....ended up growing in my roof!

Put "mind ur own business" round my pond, it looked so lush and green and mossy like, spent the next ten years trying to get rid of it!

Loved listening to the "pop!" of the seeds exploding from my 5 planted Euphorbia characias. Knew I should deadhead but thought I would actually like a few more....could have supplied every nursery in the vicinity with them the following year. 

Sweet violets, the worst!!!!!! So pretty, edible too. Thought could keep them confined to top wildish patch. Their seed heads explode too!!! Got into my alpine garden  Had to dig out alpines, extract violets...roots so deep and resistant to pulling for such a dainty looking plant...replant and re-grit. Took forever! 

BTW Bice to see you Keen  Why is everyone so shy on this forum? Most I've been on post pics of themselves straightaway. Only reason I haven't is I don't have a recent one of me to post.

Subtropical plant ideas needed please

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 23:58


Please post pictures of you project. Would love to see what you do! 

Subtropical plant ideas needed please

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 23:05

Silver birch  Not really. Perhaps if you grew an exotic looking climber through it it might help. I grew Trachycarpus fortunei as my exotic looking tree. Had to protect it from cold while young but once 4/5 ft stopped. It is now a good 15ft and is great for a windy site.

The mouse plant needs moist soil and will work brilliantly under the larger stuff as it loves to creep around. Had to post that link as found the name really funny! 

I protected my bananas with a thick pile of straw at the base and even after this last winter they have survived.

You keep mentioning using rhubarb but wouldn't you prefer an ornamental one? The leaves are enormous!

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 22:46

At last can see the plants  Variegated Hemoracallis new one for me. Love the contrast with the blue grass. Are the flowers scented?

Not seen some of the Agastache before. Do they all have aromatic leaves?

Think I could spend hours wondering round so much to see!!!

Bindweed :(

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 15:21

Slightly different method...Grow up canes, take cane out, stuff bindweed in glass jar add your poison, lie it on its side on soil so rain can't get in...It has to take up poison! 

A few more "what are these" photos

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 15:14


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Ah you see this is another example of how this garden is  darn well planned - looks like there'll be interest all year. Paeony in May, hypericum for the last month or so, and a nice geranium too, anemone and astilbe in the later summer, acer in the autumn. And other delights to discover over the next 12 months too .

Addict I get the vague impression that you're not too keen on the "that horrible suckering everywhere spirea" . I'm more than happy to keep unruly plants in order so will keep an eye on it and try to make sure it's well behaved! For example the hypericum was staging a takeover bid on the whole area, and was covering an area about 8ft by 4, goiong into the spirea at one end and the anemones at the other end. So I pulled lots of it up, and also cleared a space in the secion middle of it and put a nice new hebe in there (decided there was just too much yellow so wanted to break it up). I will be very protective of the hebe until it's firmly staked its claim to some space

How did you guess lol. Not too keen on Hypericum either. Use it in gardens where rabbits and deer are a problem as they don't like it either! Glad you keep in order. Now hebes on the other hand, love them 

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