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Latest posts by Bookertoo

where to find plants with someones name

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 17:45

You can also buy a rose and have it named for someone - lovely for certain circumstances. A friend of ours at work died and we had a rose named for her, and gave it to her Mum - she was thrilled to bits with it.  Quite the opposite of what you want, but god non-the-less

Protecting the outside tap from frost

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 17:43

Indeed, there are plenty of tap frost protectors about in any DIY shop for less than a fiver - but this is indeed appropriate technology - I'd use thick garden wire rather than a bungee, but that's just me maybe.

Secateurs.....bin them or sharpen them

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 17:40

I sharpen all our knives, secateurs, anything with blades, myself - my father taught me. My friends warn each other about my knives etc., as they are all extremely sharp - so much safer that way.  Secateurs are easy enough to do - the little gadget shwn earlier works well, as does the one that looks like a pen and clips in your pocket for a quick rub up between jobs. 

Winter Lawn Mowing

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 17:36

I'd be sure to leave the lawn and mow the borders - but otherwise I can see no reason why not, though it sounds a tad chilly for me ..............

Bone meal or Fish bone and blood??

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 17:34

I love the idea of a garden centre selling a garden!! However, it is true that on the whole the people who stock them only want a profit, and most of the people who work there don't know a dahlia from mint -  nurseries are very often the best places to get things,.  Specialist nurseries for specific plants are often wonderful, with people commited to the particuar group of plants, or even sigle type of plant  that they grow.  If they are not in yur area, many give advice on line, and supply their stock on line too.  Have had no troube with any specialist nursery used in this way - not quite the same for the big 'we sell everything' sites, but some of thise are better than others, some are fairly well informed too. 

My First year

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 17:28

Straws and rasps need no care in the winter, just prune acording to their type.  Pot up any strawberry runners you might want for new plants in the spring, maybe cover against birds which are looking for insects etc. sheltering among the leaves - they an pull the whole plant up.  Your cooking apple has probably been summer/autumn pruned so should be fine - maybe add a grease band around the trunk to stop some beasties climbng the tree and getting in the buds to spoil next years lovely apples.  


Posted: 02/11/2012 at 17:24

That sounds brilliant Alan, just the ticket.  I use ceramic and terrracotta pots, some cheap from a local hardware shop that shall remain nameless, though it says you can do it, and some quite expensive ones bought in sales at various garden centres.  I find plastic ones dry out in warm weather and stay soggy in wet weather.  However, I do use them for some things, such as garlic, and some ivy which is growing up a chain link fence - there is no soil there, they are beside the fence and are fine.  Some of the pretty looking pots i have bought have frozen and the outer paintwork has come off in the ice, and then the inside porous pot soaks up water and breaks at the next frost.  Some of my very cheap machine made teracotta have lasted for yeats.  i have a few very, very large and expensive ones which are dong well - they freeze regularly, including in that terribly cold winter we had the year before last - I guess it is as much down to luck as anything else.  If there  is a small crack in it the water freezes in it then that is that ........ great fun this pot growing huh?

Unidentified autumn flowering deciduous tree

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 17:17

Easy enough to buy come spring. I'd be inclined to wait now till then, as ground is getting cold for new planting - though much depends upon where you live and how sheltered your garden is.   I have had one of these in a large pot for about 6 years, probably more as time gets away from me!, it is lovely just now, bright red leaves, begnning to fall now, and very clear 'spindles' on the branches.  It lives ina pot because the border where it is is full of very old hard tree roots and cannot be dug into, it seems quite happy there. 

Hard pruning pyrancatha hedge

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 21:11

If you are also plantng bulbs this year, while wearing very strong heavy gloves, put some of the cuttings around the bulbs - it keeps the squirrels off the bulbs.


Pyracantha really does not mind when you cut it, I tend to do it around now - plus the odd bit that I feel is getting away whenever I feel like it.  This year there are very many berries, so the birds will be happy.  Much of the pruning is of new shoots which have sprouted out of the hedge, so you don't lose as many berries as you might think.  I prefer not to do it in the spring as a) there are far too many other things want doing and b) several birds build their nests in that hedge, so best left well alone.   Put on as much armour plating as you can, it really is such a ferocious thing - bit so beautiful in full flower or berry - and so many insects and birds love it. 

Autumn Colour

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 12:09

Who told you thst isn't spectacular? They fibbed!!

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