Latest posts by Bookertoo

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. 

Slug resistant hostas

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 13:37

I grow all my 50+ hosts in pots, and nearly gave up a few years ago when by mid June they represented lace curtains.  Since then I have discovered copper tape.  Each Spring (last week this year) I remove the top inch or so of compost, where any slug eggs may be (the robins help with this!), then redress with new loam based compost, re-grit the tops, and put a ring of copper tape around each pot.   I will not say that there are never any slug holes, as they can climb walls and throw themselves into the pots, but they are reduced, over the last several years, by over 85%.    We still have many slugs around, and do use the ferrous, comparatively safe, slug pellets,  it does help to keep them under some degree of control.   I have given up with delphiniums, sadly, but otherwise manage most slug fests do come along better than they ever did.   Good luck - hope it helps you too.   

9cm plants - grown on since Jan

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 23:21

aha a, do you too have the 'plants are there so they must fit in the garden' attitude?  The green bit in ours  (can't really call it lawn) is gradually decreasing as time goes on………………..

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