London (change)
Today 9°C / 5°C
Tomorrow 10°C / 9°C

blairs


Latest posts by blairs

Olive Tree problem

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 10:58
star gaze lily wrote (see)

Hi Nicols, there is another thread here with help about olive trees, I'll bump it up for you. There is also a web site with good advice that i'm sure I have bookmarked, will find that too. We have one that we are keeping in the conservatory over winter (unheated)  If kept outside they do advise to wrap the pot in bubble wrap and cover the branches in fleeze. ( sorry just read ans above) 

Will find website for you.

Yo only need to fleece if the weather is well below freezing otherwise you will kill the plant with Botrytis moulds. Outside is always best as houses are too dry for them.

Portugal - plants to survive

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 15:00

Where in Portugal? The Atlantic coast can get mist even in summer, lowering the temperature to jumper and jacket wearing territory till it lifts. It can also get close to freezing in winter in much of Portugal. She should see what thrives in local parks and gardens and use that.

Allium, Oleander, Wallflower etc should do fine.

Vines like Mandevilla, Bougainvillea should provide almost evergreen flowers.

Weeds-wanting to grow lavender border

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 21:30

For Lavender you do not want to add any fertiliser, just add in lots of grit or perlite.

So I would weed, dig over the soil adding in grit and perlite then the Lavender. And that is it. You feed Lavender then they get leggy quickly. I would then top dress with a stone mulch to keep the soil warm and it is easy to pick out any weeds.

Begonias

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 21:26

The annual/fibrous ones tend to be sold cheaply in the likes of B&Q and Homebase, esp after a week of bad weather! You can get trays of them for a few quid if that. Tuberous ones are worth keeping and paying that extra for. Watch out for vine weevils grubs though - been a pest on mine this year.

Begonias

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 10:48

It says annual on the website

http://www.thompson-morgan.com/flowers/flower-plants/begonia-plants/begonia-whopper/t47393TM

These ones are tuberous (you lift and keep the brown 'bulbs' and regrow each year)

http://www.thompson-morgan.com/flowers/flower-bulbs/begonia-tubers

Putting paper in the compost

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 16:33

Shredded paper can be used in small quantities in compost, but cardboard is better. I do add shredded paper and greens into a trench pit and backfill.

Begonias

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 15:59

Tuberous Begonia you do keep and you will see something if they die back.

Sempervivans begonia are half hardy and treated like annuals as they normally look like crap after winter.

Greenhouse electrified!

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 15:30

There is an outdoor adaptor that is designed for temporary garden electricity:

http://www.mysmartbuy.com/p-578-Eckman-12m-4-Socket-Outdoor-Weatherproof-Adaptor.html

You should check that you have an RDC to be safe.

Armoured cable doesn't always need to be buried. If it can be securely attached to a wall then that is fine for example - a wooden fence is not OK.

http://www.esc.org.uk/public/safety-in-the-home/garden-safety/

Tree ID

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 21:07
landgirl100 wrote (see)

You could flavour an awful lot of stews with a tree that size!

Not with Laurel! It is not Bay.

It is not the best placed on a shared border but if the neighbours find no fault then who is complaining?

No compost reviews at B&Q

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 20:16

Think I tried Verve a few years ago - have not raced to get more.

Discussions started by blairs

Onion bulb gone soft

Replies: 1    Views: 229
Last Post: 09/06/2014 at 01:01

ID this plant

Replies: 7    Views: 575
Last Post: 02/03/2014 at 19:40

Badly explained help!

Replies: 18    Views: 782
Last Post: 22/12/2013 at 23:42

Tree dahlia - dahlia imperilis

Replies: 2    Views: 1051
Last Post: 29/11/2013 at 09:22

Who lives in a microclimate?

Replies: 11    Views: 708
Last Post: 28/11/2013 at 10:59

Propagating Japanese Cherry trees

How to Propagate Japanese Cherry trees 
Replies: 3    Views: 444
Last Post: 24/11/2013 at 14:45

Dicentra Care

How do you look after Dicentra? 
Replies: 6    Views: 684
Last Post: 23/09/2013 at 14:10

Agave Seed Germination

Agave seed germination 
Replies: 1    Views: 666
Last Post: 14/04/2013 at 21:46

Not GWM getting advertised discount @ Crocus

GWM says 20% discount and only get 10% 
Replies: 5    Views: 2144
Last Post: 21/10/2014 at 10:02

tetrapanax papyrifer seed germination

tetrapanax papyrifer seed germination 
Replies: 3    Views: 1386
Last Post: 20/12/2012 at 16:20
10 threads returned