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Work Trousers

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 16:14

Try a fishing shop, I recall a friend wearing high waisted trousers for that (no, I don't mean waders, although come to think of it ........), failing that a climbing fell walking shop - lots of good sites on the interweb.

Favourite tools

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 16:11

An onion hoe, wonderful for getting between plants too tightly planted as most of mine are, my trusty Felco secatuers (sp?), an old vegetable knife for opening sacks of compost etc, and for getting between cracks in the paths, my camera for recording the best - or the worst - of what happened as it did happen.   Soft trug buckets in various sizes for moving anything from water to weeds, in quantities that I can carry alone. 

who knows a new kind technology can be used in plants speed up plants grow fast

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 16:08

The joy of gardening is surely in watching the seasons go past each with its own delights - be it flowers, fruits or veggies.   You can encourage plants to grow exceptionally well by giving them ideal situations, light, warmth and food, but not to get them to outrun their assigned time and space - thank goodness nature just gets on with it all in spite of what we can do.

Of course, people who grow things for big shows like Chelsea do hold back thier plants with cold rooms, or bring them on to flower out of season with bright daylight bulbs, extra heat and so on, but for most of us that is beyond our purses or our desires.   Enjoy watching things your garden develop, sigh when it goes wrong and remember that next year will alwys be the perfect year for absolutely everything you want to gow. 

Help identifying plants.

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 16:00

Do continue to buy plants that are not labelled, you can get some wonderful bargains and a few surprises, usually pleasant - and alot of fun finding out what they are!!  My local hardware store that sells plants often has dead or dying plants for a few pence, the staff know me well enough to tell me when that area has been replenished - many have died but I have had a few treasures for next to nothing, some without labels.  A now large corkscrew hazel for 50p., large pot of deep orange crocosmia (not as dark as Lucifer) for 20p.,  plus several others.  However, maybe beware of anything that looks as if it might become a tree unless you have a large area to plant .............

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 15:54

Sunshine and jolly cold showers reign supreme as they have for last few weeks really - since the hose pipe bans went on in some areas (not here though).  Still very chilly at night, 2 - 3 d.C., still got overwintering plants in the greenhouse as it seems a shame to lose them having nurtured them since October - but need elastic sides to greenhouse now as seedlings and seed trays battling for position - tis ever so at this time. 

Can anyone help me identify whether this is a weed or a baby seedling?

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 15:48

Yes, cherry brandy liquor is still made!! Have never panted a rudbeckia with that name, and I must say the leaves on mine are somewhat harier than these in the photo - but it does look as if it ought to be something wanted rather than weedlike - on what basis I could not actually say!!  

Are Day Lilies invasive?

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 11:26

Much will depend upon which day lily you have.  The early ones, mostly yellow or sandy-brown coloured, can become a bit much in some areas. The later hybrids - in every colour of the rainbow - don't do more than become a larger clump if happy.  

Mycorrhizal Fungi

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 11:24

Have just planted a small cherry tree and used it for the first time, the previous tree died so I am hoping this will give the new one a better chance.   

I imagine if you are keen to use it, and you have really just planted the new shrub, you can do no harm, and maybe alot of good, by gently removing it and adding the fungus then replanting it.  If just done it would not add a deal of extra stress to the plant, and the fungus may do a huge amount of good.   I shall watch the cherry tree with interest. 


Posted: 23/04/2012 at 11:21

Definitly C. Montana Rubens, rampant and gorgeous - useful to grow  other, larger flowered clematis through later in the season. The leaves remain attractive till they fall in autumn. C. Montana 'Elizabeth' has larger, flatter pink flowers, is not quite as rampant, though still achieves a good size - lovely vanilla type perfume.  It is said you cannot grow Montana in a container, though I have one in a large plastic container, rectangular, abut 20 x 14 inches, 10 inches deep, where it has been for several years.   It went in there 'temporarily' some 7 years ago, and never got moved on. It is slightly less rampant than its twin on the other side of the garden, but not much, and is currently heavily laden with buds which will open any day now given some sunshine. 

Why Miss Bateman?

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 13:44

Dear Wintersong (what a lovely name!),  do so agree about pens and labels, and if they do stay written upon the blackbirds move them anyway!!  In fact nothing seems to beat a plain soft lead pencil, the writing stays clear and does not wear off.  If the label is going to remain in situ for a good while, a layer of clear nail varnish ove t the writing keeps it in place even better.   This is especially good on wooden labels, the kind that look like, and probably are, lollypop sticks.   It doesn't beat the blackbirds however ...............

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