Latest posts by Bookertoo

Dying hydrangeas

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 20:05

Probably, we had some lovely warm days in April then some quite sharp night frosts when the soft growth had started.  Many plants have got nipped, but they will recover - wait till new growth occurs and then trim off the dead bits.  If there are further harsh frosts forecast, then maybe cover soft growth with some horticultural fleece at night.

My poor cold frame and cold greenhouse are bursting at the seams as so many things would liked to get outside, but the night temperatures are just still too low.


watch out, watch out ……..

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 15:38

We have plentiful slugs too and other pests too - but at least they are native, I hate the lily beetles as much for the fact that someone carelessly imported them without bothering to know what they would do, as for the damage they do.  Nothing here eats them, and they eat such alot - especially if you are a lily lover as we are.  

Tea bag mesh on plug plants

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 15:35

For the last few years I have been removing the grow mesh from plug plants, and have certainly had better rooted plants as a result.  I too found the roots were constrained and did not take up feed or water when the mesh was left in place.  I know the manufacturers say the roots will come through and go into the compost/soil, but in my experience they don't.   Careful removal seems to be the answer for me. 

watch out, watch out ……..

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 15:32

Although we have been plagued with the red devils for years on the lilies, this is the first year I have found them on the fritillaries.  I know they do like them too, after all, they are the same family - but until now the frits have been spared - but no longer.  So, all you lily beetle hunters out there, get out the tea strainers and start hunting!

Giant Lupin Aphid

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 10:20

I also tried tree lupins, but the fat aphids liked those just as much as any of the others.  Will be interested to see which ones do not get infested, if any - good luck with the testing.

plant ID help

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 18:55

Took me seven years to get them to grow here, now they are everywhere, including many areas where I did not plant them!!  Love them though, and although they do spread, they are easy enough to pull up or plant between.  

Turnips in tubs?

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 18:53

You can grow anything in a container if you are willing to put in the extra work, watering, weeding and care.   Personally, though I use huge numbers of pots, I'm not sure I'd bother with turnips, but in principle there is no reason why not.  

Stubborn Weed

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 18:51

Indeed, I love hardy geraniums but some of them can really take over.  The dark phaeum I am trying to eradicate as it just smothers everything else in the garden.  There are well behaved ones, which grow in neat hummocks and are delightful - ask when you buy or get given, does it spread?  If people offer you huge clumps of 'lovely blue geraniums', ask yourself why??!!

Giant Lupin Aphid

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 18:48

Sorry to say we had to give up with all lupins due to these horrible huge aphids.  Nothing seems to eat them - and let's be honest, would you??  If you won't use chemicals, and we wouldn't either, then it's either trying to wash them off - which I did not find particularly useful, or squashing them which was disgusting!  Admire other peoples lupins and grow other things instead.  


Posted: 24/03/2015 at 16:06

Never been a problem in pots to start with.  Most of the children who grow them, especially in school projects, do start them off in pots, and watch them on the classroom windowsill as they begin - planting out later to grow tall.

Have fun. 

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