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usa or uk

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 17:39

this is a UK site, we welcome people from all over the globe - but if you ask questions you will need to give information as to where you are and what the weather etc., is like at this time of year where you are - sping adivice is no good to you in the autumn!!  Anyway, welcome, wherever you are. 

The best dicentra is........?

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 17:07

I have a deep red one with ferny leaves, lovely, typical flowers but different leaves - also a white one that runs gently under an old arch. 

Advice about lawnmowers

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 17:03

There are many lightweight electric mowers which should deal with your grass, the only thing with them is you have to be careful with the cable, not to run over it!  Petrol mowers are not suitable for those of us getting along in our gardening life, too heavy and noisy.  Battery mowers may well not be enough for the larger area you mention.  electric mowers are safe, as long as you use a device that cuts off the power as soon as there is a porblem with the cable.  I have used one for several years now with no ill effects, and a reasonably tidy grassy area.  No stripes I am afraind, but that was not a priority for me anyway.  I would suggest one with the grass box behind the cutters, as those with the box in front stop you getting to the edges of the grass.   Get the shop to let you feel the weight of the machine before you commit to which one you want.  Maybe take a friend shopping with you - it sometimes helps to have a second set of eyes to look at the choices. 

Lemon Verbena

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 19:46

Indeed, yummy - oh for a few scorching hot days for them and us to enjoy!

Lemon Verbena

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 10:58

Pineapple sage is more tender than the lemon verbena, the latter stays out all year but when I forgot the salvia it just died in the winter. Since then I have overwintered its replacement in a cool greenhouse and it has been fine - so far. 

Will security lightning / street lighting upset my vegetable plot?

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 10:56

Sadly they never have been by either the security light, which the foxes put on often, nor the street lights - they only disturb me!

planting out runner beans and courgettes

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 10:54

It's such a funny year so far, but I think we have to get on with it if there is to be chance of getting crops - so like KEF I put all mine out over the weekend.  Maybe keep a bit of horticultural fleece or old net curtain to hand in case a chilly night is suggested, then you can nip out and cover them overnight if you think it necessary?  

olive 'tree'

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 10:52

Good advice Allan, but Elaine was asking about olives not figs.  

I have had a small olive tree in a pot for about 10 years, it lives outdoors next to the kitchen wall and sort of continues - though never really brialliantly.  i've never seen it exhibit the leaf change you describe, nor have I seen this when in southern Spain, where olives are grown by the tens of millions.  I wonder if the new leaves are coming from the base?  Is it a grafted tree and you are seeing suckers?  Leaves can go very odd on trees for reasons, but this is indeed interesting.  It is of course possible that it has cheered up as you have put it outside, maybe it now gets more water and food?  

sweet pea - are mine annual or perennial?

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 10:03

Hear, hear!!


Posted: 27/05/2013 at 17:25

We've been hatting about this on another thread recently - it seems to work for some people, but not here - tried just about everything to protect my hosta pots, all 65+ of them, found that really only copper rings work. 

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