Latest posts by Bookertoo

MMM slugs climbing up to the fascias of the house.

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 21:49

They are also testing the new climbing gear they have evolved - my son rented a house which had a heavy covering of mile-a-minute- plant right up to the roof, when we cut it down, the whole wall was covered with slugs and snails!! Ugggg ............... They do walk up our brick columns to get into the hanging baskets, and the water butt to throw themselves into the hostas (there are copper collars on their pots which they don't like - maybe I need to put a collar on the water butt too!)


Posted: 29/07/2012 at 21:45

Wouldn't bother, grow black or red currants for wonderful fruit, enjoy the ribes for their spring flowers. 

Astrantias not flowering

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 21:44

Loads and loads of flowers here in East Midlands, spread gently by seeding themselves - no help to you, but maybe they just need to establish well?

Something has taken all my apples !

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 21:42

This is why my eating apples are on the wall as espaliers in a fruit cage - the b******y squirrels would have the lot otherwise, plus anything else we try and grow, and all the bird seed and food - oh how I wish there was a good answer to them, and also the flying rats some people call pigeons.

clematis - Ernest Markham

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 21:40

No wonder poor gardners get confused with clematis, bith replies are crrect though saying opposite things!  They are remarkaby forgiving, so try what you feel you want, and if you are not happy with the resuts, try the other option the following year.   They are wonderful plants,  veryworth trying the smaller flowering varieties too, such as alpinas and macropelatas, and the glorious viticellas.   Some excellent websites to look at and learn from.  Enjoy. 


Posted: 29/07/2012 at 21:35

I do just wonder if watering it every evening is beeing over kind?  My several acers, whih have been in pots for up to 20 years, never get watered, (excepting in the first year after potting up, and then not that often) except by rain, unless there has been none for over a month - possibly the roots would like a bit of air rather than water? 

starlight lily

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 21:33

That stem does look ill, I also suspect a virus, several of my lilies in pots this year had lily virus, which starts with missahpen leaves, which go streaky and white, rather than the dark leaf we see here.   It may be a different liy, but if does not look well to me.  I'd be very inclined to remove it, if you then feel it is OK you can replant it in a pot or in isloation while you wait and see? 

Unhappy Bay Tree

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 21:29

I tend to agree that you are killing it with kindness, having given it the shock of its life by moving it in full growth.  Among other things, i.e reducng the water, i'd be inclined to reduce the leaf load while it tries to make new roots, cutting back much of the new growth from the shrub.  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 18:14

Yes, one of the best indeed - dim day to start with but glorious now - think a drop  ( or two) of Glenlivet at bathtime is called for!!

tea bags

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 12:51

Good gracious, who wuld have thought there was such alot to think about when composting tea bags! Have always done it, but will split them now, and be careful about the sealings. 

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