London (change)
Today 21°C / 15°C
Tomorrow 16°C / 13°C


Latest posts by blairs

J Parkers let down

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 13:37

Not had a bad experience with J.Parkers. I have had 2 plants fail but were replaced without a problem. Personally they should advise on the site if a plant is in stock or not. I have had no problems with their bulbs - healthy and raring to go! Better than the dried out bulbs in supermarkets and garden centres.

Hardy Tropical or Mediterranean Plants

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 13:30

Hardtropicals ( is the place to get more inspiration.

Verdun's suggestions are spot on though for Palms, the only one provan truly hardy in the UK is Trachycarpus fortunei. Canary Island Date Palm (CIPD)  is not hardy and should be seen as annual bedding apart from fortunate places in coastal Cornwall etc. Otherwise inside a dry greenhouse all winter, but they grow big.

Musa and ensete look the part and canna musifolia are tropical looking and give the jungle look.

Salina's suggestion for Euphorbia is also spot on!

Rodgersia, Ligularia, Rheum, Gunnera Manicata, Bamboo also immediately come to mind.


Posted: 28/05/2013 at 18:38

I have them outside all winter. Pots or ground depends of climate (how wet it is in winter) and soil drainage. I have mine in large pots with cherry trees, so the soil dries quickly and is free draining.

Onions from Seed

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 09:49

I love how quickly Onion grow from seed - am always shocked that a tiny seed can grow into a large onion in months. You tranfer the onions into the ground with most of the bulb showing. Take care not to disturb the roots, so dig a hole and plant with all the soil. Sunny a spot as possible and keep watering. Easy.

New EU law to block gardeners collecting and growing from their own seeds.

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 09:41

The proposed legislaiton only seems to be for crop seeds and then selling them. Nothing to do with you colleciting seeds in your garden...

Help identifying please?

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 17:31

Difficult to say - leaves look like Azalea/Rhoddie.

Tip to keep the slug from your hostas.................................

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 15:57

Would be interested in seeing if hair works. I put my Hosts in galvinised-zinc troughs and that works a treat as well. I would liek to put them in the ground and naturalise them but the slugs are too ferocious round these parts.

Weeds in gravel garden

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 12:53

The weed prove how good gravel is at germinating seeds! The trapped heat and moisture is perfect. Good when it happens to wanted plants, not so good when it is weeds.

Rowan tree issues

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 20:34

Can you fork around the area to aerate the soil?

Say NO to slug food.

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 14:21

Picking off the slugs at night with tweezers and blue pellets does work. The problem is Vine Weevils and Caterpillars can be more destructive and less slugs can mean more food for them.

Discussions started by blairs

Onion bulb gone soft

Replies: 1    Views: 193
Last Post: 09/06/2014 at 01:01

ID this plant

Replies: 7    Views: 534
Last Post: 02/03/2014 at 19:40

Badly explained help!

Replies: 18    Views: 737
Last Post: 22/12/2013 at 23:42

Tree dahlia - dahlia imperilis

Replies: 2    Views: 885
Last Post: 29/11/2013 at 09:22

Who lives in a microclimate?

Replies: 11    Views: 639
Last Post: 28/11/2013 at 10:59

Propagating Japanese Cherry trees

How to Propagate Japanese Cherry trees 
Replies: 3    Views: 404
Last Post: 24/11/2013 at 14:45

Dicentra Care

How do you look after Dicentra? 
Replies: 6    Views: 636
Last Post: 23/09/2013 at 14:10

Agave Seed Germination

Agave seed germination 
Replies: 1    Views: 625
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: 1974
Last Post: 21/10/2014 at 10:02

tetrapanax papyrifer seed germination

tetrapanax papyrifer seed germination 
Replies: 3    Views: 1295
Last Post: 20/12/2012 at 16:20
10 threads returned