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Latest posts by blairs

What`s eating my marigolds?

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 15:46

As soon as I saw the headline I thought 'slugs and snails'. Other possible is caterpillars but they seem to leave well alone.

Fatsia Japonica

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 09:21

Agree with the above, new growth is susceptible to a number of things but quickly grows back. Wind dessicated new growth on mine this year.

Tulips nets

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 15:47

I do not lift my Tulips and I would leave them until the leaves naturally fall off (which can be June/July), so I would not agree that it is near time to lift, if anything I would say it is not time at all as they need this time to grow energy for next spring. Those fruit nets are a good idea though.

Gardening with the enemy

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 17:37

Honestly Victoria, that is disgusting. I actually feel sick thinking about spitting and phlegm.

My enemy is lack of use oddly enough. From Oct-Apr I rarely see any neighbour in their garden, never mind using it, and most have young children. They seem mystified by the weed growth, pest problems etc in the meantime and expect their garden to look like a brochure with no maintenance or effort.  I'll say nothing about so many of them using lawn companies and not ever even cutting the grass by themselves.


Posted: 22/04/2014 at 14:33

What do you mean by potting up? when restarting mine I soak the tubers, plant in compost and cover till just over the tuber.

Jacobs Ladder & Japanese Camellia

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 12:33

@Green Fingered Mikey - that is a great story on how we come together with a common hobby.

The mystery of the closed greenhouse

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 12:31

Certainly mice as everyone else has said. Try and clear the greenhouse as much as possible to avoid hiding places and block entry points with those cheap metal brillo pads (mice do not chew them). [confession, my greenhouse is very messy with bubble wrap all over the place and a shelf unit leaning alarmingly to the right]

PS, keep a look out for vine weevil and slugs - I have found a few over the past few weeks in the greenhouse at dusk.

My grass seed is growing (help please)

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 12:26

I wonder if the Roundup is killing any new growth. You really did not have to kill off all the grass just to level the lawn. I would buy sand to level the lawn then lay turf. Seed grown grass is fine only for gardens with very little traffic walking on it.

mystery indoor tree

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 21:19

European florists tend to sell some rare-ish plants suchs as Norfolk Island pine, Pseudopanax ferox etc. Even if you get a Danish name, you should be able to find a site with the Danish name and brackets its Latin name, and from that you can easily get the English name. I have done that a few times around Europe and Asia.


Jacobs Ladder & Japanese Camellia

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 20:20

The Camilla leaves look rather like Portuguese laurel, but maybe as they are so young. I find Camilla cuttings very slow to grow for the first few years, keeping it in a pot will help give it boost by allowing you to put them in a greenhouse over winter to speed up rooting and growth.

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