Latest posts by Blueboots

Goji berry

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 15:33

I bought a pack of dried goji berries and after a while I threw them out. They are apparently good for you, but they don't taste good. They aren't sweet - just sort of weird and unappealing - more of a savoury than a sweet taste. I can't imagine making jam out of them any more than eating them straight.

Maybe I got a bad batch. Try them before you go to all the trouble of raising a goji berry plant.


Full sun fragrant climbing rose

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 14:13

I just got a flyer fromthe local garden centre (Cadbury in Somerset). They are selling tickets for a talk on roses by someone from David Austen Roses. I wouldn't have looked twice if I hadn't been recently educated on this forum.

Sounds like a remarkable deal, for £5 you get a carvery dinner too!

Full sun fragrant climbing rose

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 11:13

I'm a woman, and I can't smell Albertine either. I'm just going to put it down to a duff plant

We are in the middle or organising a huge garden, so I'm sure there will be more spots for roses. I must admit roses (other than rplacing the climbing one that didn't climb) weren't really on the agenda before reading all the wonderful entries on this thread.

I'm writing down all the suggestions, and I've bookmarked the rosebuddies site.

We need to cover a large area of steep sloping bank by the sea, and the top contenders were vinca (major or minor) and heather. I just saw that there were ground covering roses. That could be magnificent - but it wouldn't do much to combat the weeds would it? And we'd get scratched to bits doing the weeding.


Posted: 03/06/2013 at 10:35

Hi Crystal Tips. I joined recently and it's lovely here - very friendly and lots of excellent advice. Hope you enjoy it too!

Bulrushes - a cunning plan

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 10:29

Good question. I was just looking at a hefty trellis that's going to come down if we don't do something soon, and I need to get a load of beds weeded, and...

I'll do it next weekend if the urge doesn't strike me beforehand.

I will remember to take the camera.

Full sun fragrant climbing rose

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 10:13

This is mouthwatering - I think I'm going to have to find space for more roses

I agree with your husband hollytree, I do grow flowers that don't smell, but only when there isn't a fragrant option.

If I'm walking along the road and see roses I can't avoid sticking my nose in one to see if it smells nice. That's nearly got my nose stung a couple of times but I can't kick the habit.

Full sun fragrant climbing rose

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 11:40

I think you're right Jengil, we grew the Albertine along a fence and it was certainly prolific - just fragrance free.

I looked up the three you all recommended and was torn between Graham Thomas and Compassion. Then I found the David Austin UK site and fond it difficult to tear myself away!

I think I'll have a nice time drooling over the roses there, then make my mind up whether I go for Graham Thomas or Compassion. I prefer yellow, but I like the sound of your Compassion artjak.

Thanks too for the planting advice obelixx. I'm new to a lot of aspects of gardening.

Bulrushes - a cunning plan

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 09:19
nutcutlet wrote:

Last bit sounds good Bb. You may be surprised what you find.

I just watched Promethius, and I have a good imagination!!!



If you could have any plant / tree in your garden

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 08:45

Just two things:

A lemon tree with lots of lemons on it (got a thing about lemon trees), and a decent sized tree fern - I've killed two so far

Bulrushes - a cunning plan

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 11:11

I will take the camera down (I have a waterproof one) . I think I took a "before" picture of the bulrushes in their full glory a few weeks ago.

I waited till it didn't look like there was much wildlife in there. I think the frogspawn all froze and died this year. I have seen frogs though.

The only place I'm going to get pondwater is the pond I'm working on. Of the other two (to be turned into one big bog garden), one has dried up, and the other is a stinking mess of mud and snails. Thanks for mentioning that though, I could augment pond water with water out of the tub rather than hard tap water.

I'm going to have to scrape muck off the bottom when I'm done with the bulrushes. I think it's best to dump that on the grass right next to the pond to let things crawl out of it back into the water. Would that be the right thing to do? The grass is nothing to write home about.

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