Amy Kelly

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Need Ranunculus Advice

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 10:39

Hello Everyone,

Two years ago I grew ranunculus "dwarf tomer" for the first time. I put them in the ground in Autumn, covered them with a cold frame (I wanted them for wedding flowers so I was coddling them a bit), and ignored them until spring. When the frosts were over I removed the cold frame. We get lots of rain so the soil is almost always moist, but where I planted them is very well drained and only moderately fertile, about 25% loam/organic and the rest quite sandy. We are in a relatively warm micro-climate near the shores of Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland. Even our coldest winters don't drop below about -2, mostly we are +1 to +5 in winter.

I got strong growth and a fantastic display (but unfortunately it was over too early to get many blooms for the wedding), as you can see in the two attached pics from May and June.

They died back and I just left them in the ground without any winter protection thinking they would come back the next year. Only about 10% regrew last year, and this year only one single tuber of the original 150 came back.

They are described as a hardy perennial, although some sites say they should be protected from heavy frost. The instructions that came with them said they need well drained soil, but other sites suggested they prefer very moist soil and are even good as a bog plant companion. I can't seem to get any consistent advice, please help  :-(

Should I lift them in winter? Did I keep them too wet, or too dry?

I really love these flowers and I am desperate to grow them again. Any advice would be very much appreciated.

May 2015

June 2015

Organic Pest Control

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 17:45

I would only use slug pellets sparingly in spring to protect new shoots anyway, so hopefully the ferrous sulphate would be harmless enough. Thanks for the info!

Organic Pest Control

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 01:23

Obelixx, any tips on organic slug pellets? I've never used them, but it would be nice to have a guilt free way to save my poor delphinium shoots from being munched. Any advice would be great, thanks 

Organic Pest Control

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 17:03

I am a professional pest controller. I make my living from using mechanical and chemical methods to kill insects and rodents, but I feel strongly that most pest problems are caused by mis-management and can be prevented or reduced naturally.

I just read the brilliant article by Alan Titchmarsh in April's GW Magazine, and I agree with him whole heartedly! There is no permanent way to kill all pests in your garden, and trying will only leave you with an unbalanced eco-system and a less healthy garden as a result.

It can sometimes be hard to resist the urge to reach for the chemicals - a caterpillar just ate the first first ever flower on my tree peony (doesn't it know how many years they take from seed to flower?! Inconsiderate insect!) but I know that if I am patient long enough the birds and wasps will eat most of the caterpillars and feed the next generation who will eat even more caterpillars for me in the future.

Alan, thank you so much for encouraging us all to be restrained in chemical use and let nature do the work for us.

Anyone else had any heartbreaks or successes with natural pest control?

Plant (or weed) identification please

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 10:04

Photos taken this morning, thanks for the help!

Plant (or weed) identification please

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 10:04

Plant (or weed) identification please

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 10:03

Sorry, I've been trying to attach the photos but the site keeps giving an error... Hope they attach this time!

Plant (or weed) identification please

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 09:55

Hello gardeners! We came back from holiday to find this plant growing in one of our pots, and I've been letting it grow to see if it turned into a garden gem... But I still have no idea what it is or if I should keep it.

It is about 6" high by 18" wide, with a loose or trailing habit, rust coloured stems and green leaves with green fluffy spiked flower buds that open into tiny pale yellow flowers.

Does anyone know what this is? Many thanks!

Too many ads in Gardeners' World Magazine?

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 10:01

Well, that's me told ???


I'll take a leaf from all of you and stop worrying about ads, but maybe cancel my subscription and read it in the library to save the paper waste.

Too many ads in Gardeners' World Magazine?

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 12:07

Just re-posting the page numbers that are 100% ads because in my browser half of them on my post above are hidden in the margin (by a Laithwaites ad, for the record






Plus several inserts.

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