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Need an I.D on this please

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 12:51

Hardy geraniums, in all sorts of colours and sizes, are just about taking over in my garden - and very welcome they are too.  Easy to rejuvenate with a cut back, the leaves are pretty, they smother just about all weeds - and good things too if you don't keep an eye on them.  They also come in such a variety of sizes, I have a magenta one sharing a frame with a  pale clematis and both are currently around 4 foot high, with a little one, about 6 inches high, a paler magenta, at the base - gorgeous. 

Overgrown fuchsia. Too late to prune them?

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 20:06

Better later but better now than not at all.  Fuchsia are incredibly forgiving.

At last............

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 20:05

My OH also put the foot down re the grass, on the grounds that a place to out a chair and table is nice once or twice a year when it is possible  (can't call it lawn under the trades description act!!) but it seems that several pots have somehow leaked out over the edge and onto he grass.  Well. I've not dug up any grass ……..

Is it just me?!

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 15:07

Hebes respond well to severe pruning, but in my personal opinion, a plant that doesn't work goes!! That is why I have a 12 year old bush honeysuckle that is huge, looks like nothing delightful at all, and only gives any pleasure for around 2 weeks a year!!!!  Each year around now when I look at this dull, lumpy green bush I swear to get it out - yet it is still there.  I am totally ruthless -  but not with my own plants. 

Wisteria being choked

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 15:03

It's remarkable what plants will put up with if they must.  I suspect that there are many wisterias with a similar complaint.  Try pruning out just a few of the wire choked branches at a time, not now of course, but later in the year when it is dormant.  Don't go all out at once.  Also you could try cutting the wire, slipping the wire cutters under it - not always easy I know if it is deeply embedded.  If you can cut it, the branch will expand and you need do nothing further - the plant will heal itself around the foreign body. You would be amazed at how many trees are felled only to have wire, hinges, nails and all sorts of things found deeply embedded inside them, and casing no harm, once they are not strangling it any more. 

At last............

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 14:58

You possibly don't want too much shade over a pond, it gets cool and the leaves drop in and may cause a problem.


A couple of years (probably more, I've reached the time of life where years just run into each other - lovely!), we bought our son a large preformed black plastic pond shape  - I will admit I was very dubious.  It is sited between a large shed (that was probably a garage in a previous life) and his rosa rugosa hedge.  With weeks of him digging out the space, and filling it he had an amazing amount of life in it.  Last year he had newts even.  Always dragon flies, birds come to drink at the shallow end - it really is a joy.  He put in a small solar powered trickle fountain to keep the mozzies out - he didn't want to keep fish so that was OK.  He can now just sit back and watch water boatmen, and all sorts of wonderful things in it.  Go for it.  

Interested to hear it is a quarryman's cottage, my son's place is an old dairy - his flat is the milk cooling shed end, and has the original Victorian tiles on the floor in what is now his kitchen. 

Flame throwers

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 14:52

Especially as there are safe chemicals you can use, if that is your wish.  Otherwise, as the ground is nice and wet now, a decent hoe with the sun on your back is quite therapeutic.

Flame throwers

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 14:42

Too scary for me, I'd be sure to burn up the garden ………..  

Three tier baskets

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 14:41

An old compost bag, turned inside out so black side shows, maybe disguised with some moss?  Tightly packed moss (my fall back position every year), commercial liners disguised with moss?   Alan Titchmarsh used old jumpers one year I remember.

I lined my under the kitchen window hay basket with moss, as I usually do, on the assumption the birds had finished with it (last years moss was virtually gone), but it is all lying on the ground now!!!  Guess I'll wait a bit longer - but I do think it is quite late for birds to still be taking it for nesting. 

Crambe Cordifolia

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 14:37

I also found that, including all the above, it was impressive for a very short period of time.  Mine shrank away to nothing in a couple of years, and I have not mourned it's passing. 

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