London (change)
Today 26°C / 17°C
Tomorrow 27°C / 18°C


Latest posts by blairs

My dahlia tubers are not doing anything

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 19:03

I always keep the 'eyes' of the dahlia at almost soil level. It does help with waking the stalks up. Too deep and you risk them not waking, in my experience, at very least it slows them down for weeks.

My dahlia tubers are not doing anything

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 15:21
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

I've found a guaranteed way to get something to grow is to buy a replacement - it will then grow and you will have twice as many as you needed 


I like the style!

My dahlia tubers are not doing anything

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 13:50

How deep in the pot did you plant the tubers, have you been keeping them damp and are the tubers solid?

I want to hide the houses at the end of the garden

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 18:54

Pleached trees are £££ and only a screen during summer.

You want an evergreen screen like Bamboo. Wne established it can easily get to 4-5 metres.

camellias leaves turning yellow

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 18:51

I would not jump to saying that the soil is too 'limey' as yellowing of Camellia is also a symptom of overwatering and wind burn. They also can yellow as the old leaves fall off and they are putting on a lot of new growth now. I would also say that Camellia are one of the few plants that need ericacious soil -

Seed packet grumbles

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 19:28

A lot of companies send out packets of seeds with no instructions. They expect you to look on the internet.

My Tithonia packet says ''needs light to germinate''...nothing for a week. I put it in the airing cupboard for 2 days and full germination in full darkness! Some seeds say difficult to germinate and all come up within days whilst 'easy' seeds can confound and never grow!

problems with bamboo

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 15:15

They do go yellow now in spring as they produce new growth and it has been windy. I would keep them well watered and fed.

Mini Greenhouse - door open or closed?

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 19:49

Obviously zip it up during the day if it is windy or it can blow over/away regardless of how heavy the pots inside it are.

Mini Greenhouse - door open or closed?

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 19:45

I take it they are all very small? Otherwise they are all hardy and can go out now.

help with ornamental tree choice

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 22:08

I also like Choisya. Choisya x dewitteana 'Aztec Pearl' has to my eye a slightly more attractive 'tropical' look to its leaves and is also evergreen. Not sure if it has a scent like ternatta though.

I have 2 winter box (Sarcococca confusa and Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna 'Purple Stem'). The latter has a pleasant scent in winter. Both are evergreen and look pleasant and very low maintainance.

Discussions started by blairs

Onion bulb gone soft

Replies: 1    Views: 120
Last Post: 09/06/2014 at 01:01

ID this plant

Replies: 7    Views: 460
Last Post: 02/03/2014 at 19:40

Badly explained help!

Replies: 18    Views: 645
Last Post: 22/12/2013 at 23:42

Tree dahlia - dahlia imperilis

Replies: 2    Views: 490
Last Post: 29/11/2013 at 09:22

Who lives in a microclimate?

Replies: 11    Views: 458
Last Post: 28/11/2013 at 10:59

Propagating Japanese Cherry trees

How to Propagate Japanese Cherry trees 
Replies: 3    Views: 318
Last Post: 24/11/2013 at 14:45

Dicentra Care

How do you look after Dicentra? 
Replies: 6    Views: 505
Last Post: 23/09/2013 at 14:10

Agave Seed Germination

Agave seed germination 
Replies: 1    Views: 543
Last Post: 14/04/2013 at 21:46

Not GWM getting advertised discount @ Crocus

GWM says 20% discount and only get 10% 
Replies: 6    Views: 1543
Last Post: 24/03/2013 at 13:30

tetrapanax papyrifer seed germination

tetrapanax papyrifer seed germination 
Replies: 3    Views: 1103
Last Post: 20/12/2012 at 16:20
10 threads returned