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Latest posts by Bookertoo

HONEYSUCKLE won't flower :-(

Posted: 25/09/2012 at 22:28

My honeysuckle did not flower for 7 years, since when it has flowered profusely.  I left it where it was as it was a pleasant looking plant and covered a bit of fence that was even more boring without it - now it has been stunning for 3 years or so. Sometimes patience is a virtue in gardening - though at times it does seem to take an especially long time!

Beautiful Fruit Cages that don't break the bank???

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 18:08

Hmm, I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it's the contents of my fruit cage that delight me - just now lovely James Grieve and Katy apples, blueberries, have had red and black currants - raspberries not so good this year.  I grow some clematis up the sides too, but not enough to shade the fruit.  In the end much will be down to budget - they are never cheap, pretty ones comes dearer - look at the agriframes catalogue maybe?  Whatever you try, it will gradually almost disappear from your view as it settles in and plants grow around it.   If you really dislike metal poles, you can build one from wood, the available skills and wood supply will make the difference on the budget for that - whatever you do, invest in a decent door!!  We got a poor one and had to replace it, you will underestimate how often you will open/close it.  Any fruit cage is worth its weight in gold for the fruit and crops you can protect in it. 

Plants online

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 18:01

As have had so many problems with Parkers over the years I would not ever use them again.  Maybe they have improved but .........  There are some very good plant supppliers on line, often a good way to access the expertise of specialists in e.g. hostas  and so on.  All good duppliers are insurance covered and are quite happy to replace anything that has gone wrong, I use van Meuwin and several others, Bloms for bulbs - there are good suppliers out there.

Planting Tulips now or later

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 17:56

Indeed daffs now and tulips very much later - the reason is that early planted bulbs get tulip virus which kills the plant and spoils the flowers.  Now they are in thery are best left alon,e but keep any others you have until well into November/December, I have even planted them in January and got spring flowers.  Daffs need the longer time to develop good roots. 

Growing hyacinths in water

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 17:54

Any jam jar with a suitable size to support the bulbs, as long as they are clear and clean.  Plastic bottles are possible but the top where cut can be very sharp for the bulb - children are remarkably sensible about glass jars if taught well enough. 

Oriental Limelight

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 11:14

Yes, it is sold as a basket plant, please don't plant it in your garden, or let it escape from any basket or container in which you might use it - it is one of the most pernicious weeds I know, virtually indestructable - still digging it out after a small peice dropped from a basket unseen, 8 years ago!!

 

name of flowering plant

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 10:40

Hmm, feel that identification difficult from picture which appears to be all white! No idea what is going on with the site re pictures, but hope it will get sorted for you soon.

Meanwhile. maybe you could describe the plant - it may be possible to guess from that?  Yes, a picture is best, but as it is ....................

Himalayan Tree - Assistance in naming

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 12:13

Leycesteria indeed, pheasant beryr it is called, as it is used as ground cover for young pheasants when a shoot is being prepared with lots of young birds - they then have a place in which to hide.  The plant is very strong and can become invasive - it does fine in a very big pot.  I have found a golden leafed version, not seen flowers yet so don't know if they are the same lovely red hanging ones or paler, or even white - we shall see. 

Talkback: Growing blueberries and cranberries

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 12:07

I have grown blueberries sucessfully in non ericaceous soil for many yers, in our fruit cage.  When we bought them we dug out a large hle, filled it with eriaceous compost and some local soil, and every year I mulch with ericaceous compost, plus watering with a suitable fertiliser now and again.  This is not exactly growing without ericaceous soil, but the point is that if you want to grow them in the ground, and yours is unsuitable, it can still be done well.   All 3 of our shrubs fruit well, bar this year when only one is doing so but this is such a peculiar year for so many things that I am not particularly bothered by that.  The one that is fruiting has huge blue berries that are delicious.  Whatever way you gow them, do go for it, they really are one of the best soft fruits, and seem impervious to cold. 

clematis montana

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 12:03

They often do, especially if we have had - as this year - a grey spring and summer, then some light and sunshine now - all the plant is interested in is getting flowers and seeds out there to continue its species - and it feels there might just be time enough. Sit back and enjoy. 

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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Flippin' pigeons

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