Latest posts by Bookertoo

Dividing perennial geraniums

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 11:20

To be honest, they are such willing plants that I feel you can do it whenever you like!  Ours are all in full flower - see if you can find an edge piece with few if any flowers, dig it out and plant it - what have you to lose bar your empty patches.  They'll get there anyway under their own steam given time …….


Posted: 14/06/2016 at 11:18

Pop it into a pot and keep an eye on it until you can be pretty sure which one you have.  They are lovely but some are indeed thugs of the first order!

Red valerian

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 11:17

When mine arrived I kept pulling out all the white and red ones, and now have a lovely spread of red ones - you do have to keep an eye on them though, as any stray seed or seedling can undo your best efforts,  They are lovely at the front over an old stone wall - and in front of the unused garage door!

ID would be great

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 11:22

It just cannot 'mind its own business' which is why it needs careful consideration before planting it!  I have variegated ground elder (on purpose!) under my red sycamore tree, where it lights up the area beautifully - but I know it must never escape those harsh conditions.  It tries to hitch a lift in pots now and again, but so far I have caught it out.  All flowers are removed as soon as they show their heads, and so far, so good.  You will need to be equally on the ball with your solaria - it does make a wonderful looking 'Japanese' look garden e.g., but don't let it escape into good soil or light - you cannot keep up with it.  Meantime, enjoy.

Tomato feed

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 14:21

I chuck around a quantity of organic pelleted chicken manure - serves just about everybody - about now.  The only thing I have special feed for is clematis - hungry beasties that they are.  I keep some liquid seaweed concentrate for topping up anyone who looks a bit sad and hungry as the year goes on.   

Is talking aloud madness?

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 17:42

How on earth do you get to agree with yourself over something you want to do /do not want to do/buy/invest in/ ignore - unless you talk to yourself? 

Talking to plants, garden machinery, trees, birds in the garden etc. are all signs of a good healthy connection with the wider world - enjoy it. 

Paeony flowers

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 17:34

25 years sounds more like the lifetime expected rather than the wait!! Though some live for more than 5o years.  However, it is true that some can take up to 4 or 5 years to flower - so much depends upon the age of the plant when you got it, is it a cutting, a root cutting - or grown from seed?   Also the type makes a difference - sorry, no easy answer to that one, but 2 years is not long to wait for a paeony t do its thing.  

Planting a hanging basket in the greenhouse

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 23:16

I always plant up my baskets in the greenhouse (or the shed if we've overflowed - again!!!!)   and then hang them from the crossbeams with an 'S' hook until established.  During warmer days I put them outdoors on upturned plastic pots, and bring in at night until they are growing well and fear of frosts has gone. 

Average gardeners spending

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 13:41

£47??   My OH would give a hollow laugh, no way - that cannot include gardeners surely.


Posted: 25/04/2016 at 13:40

I tend to go with Monty on this, and regard the majority of tulips as annuals.  There are the odd ones that comeback year on year, but very few.  The little specie ones do that best - but the lovely hybrids really do need replacing each year.  Have fun choosing. 

Discussions started by Bookertoo

What the ?*******? is doing this?

Replies: 8    Views: 1101
Last Post: 24/03/2016 at 18:09

watch out, watch out ……..

…… lily beetle about 
Replies: 2    Views: 562
Last Post: 23/04/2015 at 15:38

Odd corrections?

Use of the English language! 
Replies: 18    Views: 935
Last Post: 20/02/2015 at 16:37

Happy seasons greetings to all

Be joyful 
Replies: 14    Views: 932
Last Post: 25/12/2014 at 17:25

squirrels and their cleverness

the unending bane of my life 
Replies: 32    Views: 2357
Last Post: 11/11/2014 at 20:49

Solomon's seal

Where and how? 
Replies: 14    Views: 1507
Last Post: 29/06/2013 at 13:46

For whom do we garden .............

Replies: 12    Views: 1530
Last Post: 22/04/2013 at 15:08

frosted lilies

any advice? 
Replies: 0    Views: 880
Last Post: 07/04/2013 at 17:13

out of season plants

why are these wanted? 
Replies: 6    Views: 1239
Last Post: 04/03/2013 at 22:43

bird feeders

caged fat ball feeder 
Replies: 19    Views: 2324
Last Post: 01/11/2012 at 08:55

Hazel nut queries

Replies: 2    Views: 2194
Last Post: 09/07/2012 at 11:20

Flippin' pigeons

Replies: 44    Views: 28184
Last Post: 28/08/2015 at 20:53
12 threads returned