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Latest posts by Bookertoo

greenhouse?

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 10:02

Whether you buy a greenhouse to fit, or make a frame yourself, you will never regret it - having that bit of cover for tender things - including yourself if the weather goes sour - is one of the great joys of gardening if you can manage it.  There are companies who, if you send your measurements of the the space, will supply the poles for the frame and netting for it - we did this for our rather long and narrow area, it worked vdry well.  Worth looking at the suppliers to see - much, much cheaper than the expense of an actual bespoke one as MMP says. 

Talkback: Cuckoo flower

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 09:59

It wasn't particularly subtle, but last night when I was scarifying the grass before the expected rain came, a robin and a pair of blackbirds took grave exception to my being in 'their' garden at all.  The noise level was incredible, and absolutely wonderful.   I finished the task and went inside, leaving the garden to them, with a big smile on my face and a feeling all was right with the world,  not something we get too often. Today while it rains and greens up the grass, they are down finding all the things I scraped up, picking up bits of loose moss and grass - while I admire a large pot of cream tulips - balm for the sould gardening is - sometimes. 

Drooping Camassia

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 09:55

I haave grown bllue camassia for years, with wonderful success, now their buds are high and will soon open, but the white ones have never done anything.  I do wonder if they are just a breeders 'sport' rahter than a colour the plant developed itself?  Sometimes in their enthusiasm to give us something new, the resulting offerings aren't up to natures plans.  I too have given up with th white ones, added to which, here at least, they did not come up and try to flower at the same time as the blue, which had been my, now bandoned, plan.  Should have guessed nature would win, she usually does!

creating a full bodied hedge

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 09:52

... to say nothing of the perfume of the white narcissi, the red peeled back buds of the acers against their acid green and deep purple young leaves, the bright pink oxalis, blue scillas, and loads of birds on the feeders - why woudn't everyone garden I wonder? 

Do you think...

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 16:43

Yes, I too would be more concerned about the larvae than the smallness of the saplings - can you as Klink suggests, take a picture of those?  If you have disposed of them, then look up vine weavil larvae on a search engine and see if that is what they looked like??  If so, your supplier can take your plants away and give you new ones with no additions!!  They may be something quite harmless, but you need to make sure. 

creating a full bodied hedge

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 15:19

ah Catnip, we're all liable to feel like that from time to time, about 10 times a day in my case, when I look out at the garden and see all the things I want to do and the few hours there are to do them in!!  It is such a lovely surprise when people like the garden, even when sometimes all the gardener sees are what they percieve is not right - we should take the advice of one famous gardener on TV, who said 'don't forget just to stop and give the garden a good looking at and dose of enjoyment' - no-one else will worry about the laurels bare legs, and given time you will improve it. 

clematis suggestion please

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 11:52

So is the pale pink Hagley hybrid, most of the paler ones appreciate some shade, also the alpina types do well in the kind of place you describe. 

bark chip

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 11:49

Cheaper to get it delivered from an on line store, depending very much on how much you need - and the bags it comes in make wonderful raised beds afterwards.

bluebells

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 11:47

One of the main problems will not be growing the bluebells, given enough encouragemnt you can probaby do that - but they are a very poor cut flower, and will droop almost within minutes, making them rather unsuitable for a wedding bouquet.  Could she consider blue scilla?  They respond to cutting quite well, though may be on the short side for the bouquet. 

creating a full bodied hedge

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 11:45

It's rather a fact with hedges, yes a hair cut will help them bush up, but the fact is that the top of the shrub overshadows the base so they don't get as much air and light and water.  Trimming, watering well, and feeding will help alot.  Some hedging plants are more prone to bare legs than others - you can always plant something low in front of them, or put pots of lovely things there in the warmer months, and little bulbs for the spring.  In my experience, and I am sure others have more, laurels do tend to bare bases more than some others, at least from what I see around my neighbourhood. 

Discussions started by Bookertoo

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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