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Garden gaffes

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 11:08

Loved the tomato story, but I can well imagine it in this day of not having to do anything for ourselves. Maybe one day she will try again with both the bags and the tomato plants.

I was once busily telling a non-gardening friend all about her ceanothus and how they responded well to pruning, when I snapped off a large branch from one side, making it all lopsided!! Talk about feeling awful, and no where near as knowledgeable as she had thought me to be. I will probably remember it for far longer than she, who has probably forgotten all about it now!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 11:03

Hope the knee feels better soon, it's so often that the short cut makes things longer.

It looks very pretty out there from in here, sunny but very breezym and the breeze is decidedly chilly.  hey reckon on 18C here in the East Midlands today, but I think it will struggle to reach that in my garden today -the wind is coming up the side of the house like a steam train. 

Plant identifying help

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 22:07

Glad that is settled, yes a picture always helps, though in this case the descrition gave little other choice. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 15:29

Ridiculous, I've put the heating on as my OH is studying, thus sitting still - and is freezing!!  Still, the alliums are attracting some hardy bees, but please, please may we have some warm sunshine soon - for longer than a week this time? Please............

seeds not germinated

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 11:44

Debbie 11, don't forget to add lots of grit into your lovely clay soil - it opens it up and allows drainage.  One it gets going there is no better soil for growing  things in, but it is hard work to start with. 

japanese maple

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 11:41

Keep it somewhat shaded, feed and protect it and it will almost certainly come back - they do put up with alot of abuse before turning up their toes.  You don't need to repot them, though I understand that as its roots were in the wood that you wanted to.  I have seen one over 25 year old, flourishing, in quite a small pot from which it had never been moved.  Choose a good pot, and then leave it alone for a few years - it will delight you for many more with any luck. 

swiss cheese plant

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 11:33

.... indeed, that's how I lost a huge one a few years ago.  There are some things that don't need or enjoy an outside the house time, and for me, this is one of them. 

Talkback: Unpleasant plant smells

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 11:31

I know what you mean about privet flowers, but the butterflies adore them.  I satisfy them and make me feel a bit better about providing something for the flutterbyes by gr owing one in a pot  (now ther is a surprise huh?) well away from anywhere it might offend anyones nose.  The flutterbyes find it, I don't have to - and it fills a rather dull corner quite well. 

top 5

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 11:23

I loved the late, great and sadly missed Christopher Lloyds answer to this question - when asked what was his favourite plant - he said  'the one I am looking at at the moment', and I suspect he is right.  I could name five now, then in an hour spot something else and realise that's a favourite too -  like just about everyone else here. 

Lupin problems

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 11:20

Indeed, pests are kept in check in nature, by birds, and other insects which eat thier neighbours.  We love to intervene, kill  anything that we don't like the look of, and then wonder why we have every bug known, and a few that weren't a few years ago (lily beetle for example).   Since I stopped using sprays and things a few years ago, my plants are healthier, I have lots of garden birds and fewer pests.  I do have to say the first couple of years were awful as a balance was brought about - and I do use copper tape and grit to discourage creeping things.  I also give up on plants that are just obviously not happy here, no good growing something that you watch die for the next three years.  

I am not now totally organic, which makes me sad, but there is nothing local to use for lily beetle, as it is an import and nothing here will eat it.  For the lilies in pots, and nowhere else, I do use a bug killer. Had I known what I know now I may never have started with lilies, but a hundred or so later it is rather too late for that.  Having said that, I have not used bug killer this year yet, not because we don't have lily beetle, we do, but we also have hundreds of ladybirds and I certainly do not want to kill those, or their strange looking young. 

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