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Latest posts by Bookertoo

iceberg climbing rose

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 16:17

Wait, patience is a virtue.  It has spent this year making a good root system, next year it will begin to flower - none of these bigger plants are likely to do everything in the first year after planting, only annuals do that and your rose aims to be around for a good few years, so will take time to get going.  Tie it is so that some of the branches are horizontal, this will also encourage flowering along those branches next season, prune according to any good rose book (it is different for climbers and ramblers, so besure what you have).   Feed in Spring, sit back and wait, it will do its thing given enough time and care. 

Indoor plants that will absorb odours

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 16:14

There is an odour removed product called Neutrogena, comes as a gel in a pot from which you remove the lid - it lasts quite a while and really does remove smells rather than cover them with another one.  A pot of mint is good, it seems to neutralise smells, and is as tough as old boots, assuming you have some degree of light in there.  I would have two or three pots and rotate them as one gets a bit leggy and needs some fresh air, bringing another one in to take over.  A single pot bought can be split to grow two or three plants and this does work - have used it where people are ill - it makes the place smell nice and fresh.  It is possible that sweet leaved geraniums would help too, but they will not be much good in the winter - the one called 'Lady Plymouth' comes to mind, good when gently brushed past but not overwhelming. 

One tip though, ensure that one person only has the care of the plants or they will be watered to death, or so ignored that they die off, but the first is far more common in a communal area. 

Closeboard panels or Lap panels

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 16:07

If you live in a very windy area, think about fencing with a space between the boards. We replaced our fence a couple of years ago, taking the advice of a good fence repair person to do this, and it was the best advice we had in many a year.  The place in which the fence is had acted as a wind tunnel between us and our neighbours besides keeping all of the sun out of their garden.  Now the wind is broken up and does not swirl and buffet around the plants so much, and our neighbour can grow more plants because they have more light - everyone pleased - though none of it has helped witht the rain, sadly. 

Cotinus cogg

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 12:46

Yes, slugs are very good climbers, and will do anything to get at your plants, especially hostas which must be like caviar to them!  Long leaves that touch the ground they will climb, walls near the pots they will climb and drop into the pot, I have found them 5 foot up a wall on the way to a hanging basket!  Tape does help as you know, careful siting so less places for them to drop from - you will always I think get some damage but whatever you can do to reduce it is a good thing.  Some people swear by coffee grounds on the top of the pot, where I use sharp grite - not tried it myslef but have often seen it recommended.  Not sure if I want the garden to smell of coffee.

Can tomatoes have two main stems?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 12:02

Thanks, will leave well alone and see what happens then. 

Fork Handles

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 12:02

hear hear!! My son and aughter in law are sweltering in Texas, where they have not had proper rain in their area for 3 years, and the tmperatures can get to 40+, which is not fun either.  Why can't we swap half of our weather for half of theirs - weird old planet this is becoming isn't it.

Mystery plants

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 11:59

What a shame, if the ones you gave to your friends get big, maybe they can return the favour and give you some back?  I was given a white agapanthus by a friend a few years ago, and was  able to return some to her a couple of years later when hers died in the biotter cold of 18 months ago - mine was in the greenhouse and came through. 

Can tomatoes have two main stems?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 11:54

One of my tomatoes acidentally had its main stem snapped off - I've left it alone, will one of the other shoots take over as a leader, or will it just remain short? 

Fork Handles

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 11:50

No, they probably don't need watering indeed, but they may want feeding as the rain may have leached all the nutrients out of their compost?  Look for beasties in them too, I imagine any port in a storm for many garden pests, the inside of a dahlia may be great hiding place while it muches on the roots & tubers. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 11:48

Not actually raining today, but no sunshine either - just grey flat skies that will not encourage anything to grow, nor get anything to ripen.  Ugggh, fed up!

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