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Secure Garden Shed

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 14:57

Sounds very odd indeed, but as I've not seen one I find it hard to imagine - I loved the Tardis and hoped that the loo looked like the police box - but from your reaction I guess not!!

Tap water v Water butt

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 20:47

I usually put my containers of rain water (not from a butt, but other open containers around) in the greenhouse so they are the same temperature as the seedlings I want to water.  I do so dislike tap water for plants, there seem to be so many odd chemical smells about it - we filter all our drinking water since it was 'improved' in this area a few years ago, and we began to get cloudy tea.

Secure Garden Shed

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 20:44

Hey, I've never seen a Tardis toilet - fascinating idea ……..

Snowdrops in the green - offer

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 20:43

…. I sent for some stuff from the Guardian, and was horrified when it arrived to find it was Parkers!! Have had several very bad experiences with them in the past - however, the sad looking plugs are trying to grow, and the geraniums too - bulbs appear OK but they are quite hard to do much with I guess.

Nice to see Wisbech mentioned and the nurseries used, I lived there for many years in a previous life.  Perfect part of the world for good bulbs and some excellent companies there growing them. 

Helleborus argutifolius?

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 20:40

… do frit bulbs smell of anything special then NC?  Never noticed, and I have quite a good sense of smell - but  guess one persons perfume is another ones - well, anything but!!

Boundary hedging

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 20:34

No, but I would look carefully at a) the Ph of the soil you hope to replant after removal of the rhodies, and see what will grow happily there,  and b) consider resting it and giving it a good feed and water, as such large plants must have reduced the fertility of the soil in that area. Adding some organic well rotted manure will help recondition the soil, and give better drainage.  

There are many attractive and wild life friendly plants that would suit such a situation, but much depends upon what you really want.  Some things stay quite small, but if you want to replace the old plants with ones that will become the same size as those you are removing, you'll need to look well at that too. 

Why do you want yews particularly?  They are lovely as a mature hedge it is true, and can be shaped well, but they do take their time getting to a biggish size.  May be you would consider a mixed boundary with British native plants, imagine sloes, blackthorn, dog roses, willow, hazel etc., all looking lovely with flowers at differing times, and full of wildlife?  Just a thought …………..

Runner Beans

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 20:25

Do let us know if you try this and it works?  I've never had such sturdy looking roots on my runners - it has been a mild and wet winter to date, so maybe they would stand a chance.  I did not know they were perennial in their native habitat - which is where please BobtG?


Posted: 24/02/2014 at 20:37

Cure?  This isn't an illness, it's a joy and a delight!! 

My tomatoes are all up. no sign of the sweet peas

ID Please

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 10:56

However, this is a really strong thug, it covers miles (literally) of bank near our ex-quarry fields, and there it looks lovely.  Hard to get rid of in the garden if you get fed up with it.  You can grow little spring bulls like iris reticulata through it - that is lovely. 

Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diablo'

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 10:55

Verdun, when do you cut your 'diabolo' hard?  I have one that is several years old, been frozen hard and drowned, but gives the most stunning foliage year after year.  I don't reckon the title pink flowers much, but the leaves ………   I've never really known when or how hard to prune it, just take bits off when the fancy takes me.  

I've got blue cammasia in front of it, followed by bears breeches, with various hardy geraniums and grasses everywhere.  Not much organisation to my gardening really.

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