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Latest posts by Bookertoo

Poppies in a tin hat

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 10:22

What you may not do at the roadside re plants is dig them up - but seeds are OK - just please don't get run over in your excitement!

Talkback: Hostas, slugs and snails

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 10:14

If you use pellets thickly they actually encourage more slugs -  more come for the  free goodies, but none get enough to actually kill them, so you end up in a worse state than before.  As welshonion says, use sparingly, and use the iron based ones, called growing success, they are as good as the others at killling slugs, but harm no other wild life.  Better yet, put a collar of copper arpund you lovely Fire and Ice hosta, they hate that.  I have that hosta, it does not get enormous but does thicken up - it is lovely now. 

ID on climber- is this black bindweed?

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 16:02

This why we don't buy the compost from the council as most gardeners will only put in there the material that they cannot compost at home - including perennial weeds like bindweed, dock etc.  They do not get it hot enough to kill the plants, and this is - for you sadly - the results of that.  Avoid it, and buy a well sterilsed compost, or make it yourself if you can and have the space.  

horticulture grit

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 15:58

Also, if you want larger amounts than the bags your local store sells, then go to a builders merchants - where you can get a tonne of the stuff for a much lower price - yes, they will deliver it!   There are on line sites too that sell things like this in large amounts, chopped bark, top soil etc., far cheaper for big lots than multiple bags bought locally. 

Ericacious lilies?

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 15:55

I've grown lilies for many years, in both pots and in the open ground.  They get the normal annual feeding with pelleted organic chicken manure that everyone else in the garden gets - and these days a good looking at for the dreaded lily beetle - and that's about it.  Some of mine are over 20 years old, and I have never, ever heard that they are happier in ericaceous soil. It woud seem odd that after all this time not a whisper of this has come across to me. It is possible that there are certain types of lily that like these conditions better - i'd be inclined to look this up carefully before you go changing anything for your lilies, in the assumption that they are currently growing well. 

Clematis not flowering

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 15:51

Clematis often take a good long time to get mature enough for flowering.  If you know the type and/or name of the clematis that might give an idea as to which time of year it might flower when it does get big enough.   There are clematis flowering here from early spring to well into the autumn, following one another according to their types. They are hungry plants and are one of the few things for which I buy specialist feed.  This is available at most garden suppliers.   They need their feet in shade, and their heads in the sunshine (when we have some).  Give it time to grow a nice strong set of roots, then a good framework of leaves, and then it will start flowering in due course will hopefully do so for many years to come. 

Lily of the Valley

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 17:57

It will either take one look at your garden and attempt a take over, or it will look and promptly die!!  It took me several years, and several donations to get it going, and now it runs all over the place - this I am happy with I must say.  However, it has found its way to the bottom of the garden which surprises me somewhat as I never put it there.  So, if this gift does not take this try, and indeed now is a good time, don't worry, it will eventualy get a grip. 

POSITIVE and NEGATIVE

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 18:54

I used to really rate T&M, but they have sunk well,below the horizon this year.  The quality and size of the plants they have sent out were ridiculous, so small and thin, on the grounds they could get them throught the letter box!! Unimpressed.

I have had good service from specialist growers on line, hosta growers, pinks, alpines etc., you have a mediums ied company which cares about its products, only deals in one line, and you get good things.  Evison for clematis for example seemed dreadfully expensive but I orederd 3 clematis with some birthday money last year, they were magnificent plants, and are growing into even more magnificent ones this year - as clematis are all they do, they can concentrate on those.  Mixed 'nurseries' on line, just huge glass houses, don't have the same interest in the products and it shows. 

solitary bees

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 16:09

Yes, heard about this on springwatch this week - nature certainly has its ways huh?

Glorious weather for gardens again, off out there now. 

Talkback: Hostas, slugs and snails

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 13:43

Hi Verdun, the hostas tend to get both sun and shade as the theatre is near the house wall - so far they all thrive on it.  You are right that the ones with pale variegations such as Fire and Ice and Patriot like a bit more shade than say Devon Green, which has to be one of my favourites.  I think, as the dear late wonderful Christopher  Lloyd said when asked what his favourite flower was 'fthe one I am looking at at the moment!'.  I love all my hostas, both the huge such as Blue Angel and the tiny such as Mouse Ears - I dare not buy any more or we might have to move!!  I no longer definitely know the names of all of mine as the labels have, with the help of blackbirds - disappeared over the years.  What is it with blackbirds and labels? 

Mine only get fed once a year when the whole garden gets a dose of pelleted organic chicken manure.  They rely for the most part on rainfall for watering, though there has been the odd accasion when I have had to help that out - tho' not recently.  All are top dressed with gravel, mostly because it looks nice and makes it easier to get the weeds out.  Otherwise they are left alone, repotted when their pots break, either through frost or sheer root pressure.  I just admire them often and leave them to get on with it - and they do. 

Discussions started by Bookertoo

watch out, watch out ……..

…… lily beetle about 
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Odd corrections?

Use of the English language! 
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Happy seasons greetings to all

Be joyful 
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squirrels and their cleverness

the unending bane of my life 
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Solomon's seal

Where and how? 
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For whom do we garden .............

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frosted lilies

any advice? 
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out of season plants

why are these wanted? 
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bird feeders

caged fat ball feeder 
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Hazel nut queries

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Flippin' pigeons

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