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Latest posts by blairs

Freesia in flower

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 20:42

Actually normal to flower from Feb onwards. Frosts normally prevent them.

Favourite vegetable to grow?

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 19:44

Anything easy, so Peas, Carrots and Onions.

What plants go well with lupins?

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 20:55
greyfingers wrote (see)

Is it ok to plant the lupins outside yet? Or too early? Bought a few plants, already vary between 8 - 12 inches in height.


Yes as the are hardy but if been inside you need to slowly adjust them to outside temperatures. Just watch for frosts.


Posted: 14/03/2014 at 17:33

Phillippa is right that CIPD is hardy in parts of the UK, but you need super sharp drainage and few frost days in winter. It is not going to like being wrapped up for 6 months. I find large CIPD have been grown in nurseries in Spain and sent to the UK. They tend to do worse than homegrown/smaller palms IME.

£20 for a 5ft CIPD is about average. B&Q and Homebase sell those sizes for under £15, less during sales at end of year when they want to dump them.

levelling the garden

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 20:56

You can use concrete paving slabs cemented in to stop the earth and fence touching. The sleepers can be used to front the terrace with rubble behind that for drainage.

Container grown Acer

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 19:59

Bookertoo has given great advise - good drainage but keep watered in summer in a sheltered position out of the wind is key. I like Acer palmatum dissectum dissectum atropurpureum. Any Acer 'atropurpureum' will be red and some green ones will turn red in autumn before leaf fall.

dahlia tubers in ground through winter question.

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 18:01

The problems with Dahlia staying in situ over winter, assuming great drainage and that they have not rotted, is that they take an age to regrow as the soil is too cold until May. Same with Canna, which are hardier. You just get a poor and late display that is often cut down with late frosts. You could try covering the bed with a plastic sheet to heat the ground that few more degree.


Posted: 09/03/2014 at 21:55

If you want to get it off your chest and we are all quite nosey, Why would you need permission to put up a fence? Unless it is next to a highway then you can put up a 2 metre fence on your own land.

jersey plant direct

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 19:31

I had problems with plants from Jerseyplantsdirect as well. The plants were very very small plugs that arrived months after I had ordered, so late that I had to overwinter in the greenhouse over winter. They sat fine all winter then last March just gave up and died - to small to have survived winter in the UK, even in a frost free GH. I contacted Jerseyplants and basically said not their problem as it was over 1 month and offered 10%  next order, so I have not ordered from them since.

Plant/weed ID

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 19:25

The red thing is a Moth pupae aka Cutworm. I squish them or throw the over to next doors garden.

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