London (change)
Today 15°C / 11°C
Tomorrow 15°C / 13°C

Bookertoo


Latest posts by Bookertoo

Spanish Bluebells Still on Sale

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 18:49

I found at a well run and xecent looking garden centre, a pretty little lattice with nicely spread out stems on it, a plant called fallopia - which is of course our dear old friend Russian Vine!!  Both this and the bluebells should be sold, if at all, with a  health of your garden warning on them, but the reality is that many people neither know nor care, and all the vendor is interested in is making money, so why would they worry about it?  Just avoid, and tell everyone you know - there are plenty of other invasive and dreadful plants still for sale out there, sometimes through ignorance, sometimes through greed - as in calling Russian vine Fallopia, in the hope that some innocent soul won't realise what they have bought.   

Gw subscription

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 18:44

No, I had GW for many years as a subscription but then after a while got rather fed up with it all the time, so now buy the odd one if it looks interesting & with new information in it.  However, that does indeed look like a good offer, so if you are interested, go for it.  I found it very good in the earlier years of gardening, but a bit repetative after about 15 years!!  Enjoy, there are some good things in it. 

Growing mint in plastic bottles.

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 18:42

Do you mean in a plastic bottle used as a cloche to protect from slugs etc? If so, you don't need to, mint is a thug of the first order, we have several types here and all grow in pots so as to keep them out of the borders, or we'd have to move in a year or two, and not tell anyone they were there !!  If you mean using the plastic bottles as a pot, no reason why not as long as you have plenty of drainage holes in it, and tuck it somewhere a bit shady - and where it will not freeze quite solid in the winter- tho' I suspect that might not worry mintt at all.  Never grown it from seed, anyone who has some is usually very happy to give away roots, look around your neighbours, or ask around - gardeners are very friendly people who often are very willing to share what they have.

I would not sow seeds now, unless you have somewhere light and warm to keep them, keep the seeds till next spring  ...   hope some of this helps? 

Talkback: Where are the ladybirds?

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 11:40

Adam, not quite as East as you, Nottinghamshire, so more midlands probably.  Tidying up is indeed death for ladybirds, a few dead leaves and dry logs with ferns and things give them somewhere to live over winter.  All of our garden was completely overun with them in Spring, more than an overwintering few I thought.  It was so hard not to kill some by accident, the Spring clean up got delayed - whih turned out to be a good thing as at least they oould shelter from the ridicuous amount of rain e then had.  Rarely cut much back in autumn as I am sure it is not only ladybirds that shelter in leaves, hedges and so on.  Of course there are also slugs, but they would be under ground as well so not point worrying about them sheltering. 

Talkback: Glow-worms

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 20:21

Used to see them in my long ago youth, but it is right that it has been many years since I saw one last.  What a shame, they were a delight to us as children. 

Talkback: Where are the ladybirds?

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 20:20

In my garden?  We were almost overun with them earlier this year, and there are stilfl - gladly - a good number about.  Timmed off some branches of spring/summer flowering things and had to tap them carefully near the flower beds so as not to put ladybirds in the council garden bin.  I am in the east Midlands, and can only speak for our garden, but they are plentiful here. 

Cobea plants

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 20:18

Mine are horrible too, have just assumed cold dark weather earlier in the year was the cause - it has done nasty things to many plants - my morning glory has just decided to honour us with a few flowers this week!

'Blood Red' acer

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 11:12

Also, many red acers get a bit greener as the year goes on, then develop the stunning red leaves of autumn as they get ready to fall later on.  Mine certainly do not have ericaceous compost, though once in a rare while I do give them an iron feed.  Have bought a new coral leafed one this year, still quite green but developing the coral colour as it grows up - very young yet. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 11:10

So sad to see the mornings and evenings getting darker I agree. Yesterday evening with cloud and thick muggy heat it was darkish before 8pm., when a few short weeks ago I was out there doing things.  Still, it brings us on to the next growing season, which will of course be totally wonderful, with warmth, rain and sun in exactly the right proportions throughout the whole country and we will have nothing to grumble about at all!!!  

Help with ericacious compost

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 11:05

We grow lilies of all sorts from one end of the garden to the other.  Many are in pots, others in the ground - all do prettty well.  I've never used ericaceous compost for them, and looking out of the window just now cannot se how they could be any better than they are at present - up to 20 heads per pot and plot, with a perfume to knock you down if you brought it indoors.   They get pelleted organic chicken manure in the spring along with everything else, and an occasional top dressing if I remember and have enough compost.  They have been known to freeze solid in their pots, and get waterlogged at times, but nothing seems to hold them back. 

Discussions started by Bookertoo

Solomon's seal

Where and how? 
Replies: 14    Views: 688
Last Post: 29/06/2013 at 13:46

For whom do we garden .............

Replies: 12    Views: 779
Last Post: 22/04/2013 at 15:08

frosted lilies

any advice? 
Replies: 0    Views: 364
Last Post: 07/04/2013 at 17:13

out of season plants

why are these wanted? 
Replies: 6    Views: 626
Last Post: 04/03/2013 at 22:43

bird feeders

caged fat ball feeder 
Replies: 19    Views: 1390
Last Post: 01/11/2012 at 08:55

Hazel nut queries

Replies: 2    Views: 1005
Last Post: 09/07/2012 at 11:20

Flippin' pigeons

Replies: 32    Views: 5597
Last Post: 15/08/2014 at 12:57
7 threads returned