Latest posts by Bookertoo

What exactly does a 'sterile' plant mean ?

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 11:03

Some plant breeders sell plants that either do not have seeds, or from which the seeds will not germinate, so as to keep the plant their property - preventing gardeners from propagating it in that way.  Some very double flowers do not allow bees or other insects to access any nectar they may have - another reason I rarely if ever grow doubled flowers.  

Allergic reaction to garden plant - help ID that plant!

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 17:33

Do be very careful as you remove them - gloves, sleeves, even a face mask if you have to get close, enormous care about the eyes, nose and mouth please.  Wash all the garments you wear to do the job, as soon as you are done, wash your hair too - the sap can get just about anywhere, and as you are one of the allergic ones, no amount of care is too much.  Maybe you could get someone to do it for you?  For those of us who love euphorbias, we are not unaware of the severe problems they can cause for some people.  If you do the job of removal yourself, take an anithistamine before you start.  Choose a cloudy dampish day if you can.  Working in A&E made me  aware just how horrid the reactions can be. 

Mountain Ash

Posted: 13/08/2012 at 11:15

Of course it could be a male tree! Has it berried before? If so, then everyone here is right re pollinators etc. 

Mildew on Clematis

Posted: 13/08/2012 at 11:14

Most plants have tended to have mildew this year, loads of rain early followed by sun and migginess- ideal onditions.  many plants have a larger than usual amount of leaf due to the wet, this overhangs the ground and so tends also to enourage the damp humid conditions right for mildew.  Are there any neighburing plants that c ould do with a haircut and so let more air to your 'Durnadii'?  I have this clematis also, it is very lovely - though I totally ignore it from one year to the next so am always delighted when it reappears.  Think I will continue on that road as it seems to have worked so far.  it does get a bit of fertiliser around April time along with everything else, but that is it really. 

Something has taken all my apples !

Posted: 10/08/2012 at 16:13

Having a nsty and suspicious mind, and  a  feeling that where there are no signs of evidence of squirrles etc, my mind springs to people?

up to minate gardening

Posted: 09/08/2012 at 22:02

2 weeks?? We nearly drowned for 2 months!!

How do i Store lily bulbs??

Posted: 09/08/2012 at 22:01

Some of mine have lived in their pots for years and years, so you don't need to replace the soil each year - just clean your pots up, refill and replant the lilies in the pots.  Then keep somehwere slightly sheltered - mine go down beside the greenhouse, under a hedge is fine, near the house - in fact its more for the pots than the bubs - I've had them freeze solid and they still flower each year. 

Roses on my driveway

Posted: 09/08/2012 at 21:56

Indeed Roseraie de l'Hay does have the most wonderful perfume, like something from which attar of roses is made - but, it does not flower all summer long, unlike others of the rugosa group.  You might want to think about that, but having said that, I wish I had known it before we planted our mixed hedge, I would have added more of them!

Fruit and veg ripeness

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 21:38

Find me a proper greengrocer -t hey're about as common as hens teeth around here!  There are a few farmers markets or locally grown fruit?veg sellers, but even they are selling imports!!


Posted: 07/08/2012 at 21:35

Both old and new dahlias are just beginning to flower, it has been a dark cold time until now, they will catch up and we will enjoy them maybe a bit later than usual - which may be a bonus? 

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