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Latest posts by Bookertoo

Hanging baskets

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 10:19

They are very good if you have small baskets, for anything over 12 - 14 inches they are not strong enough. 

Gourds !!

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 10:18

Basically, find a corner where there is alot of light and not much water, place them there, then ignore.   By the end of the season you wll find pretty decorative small gourds in good numbers.   I have given up on them now as there are no children at home to enjoy the shapes, and I personally have had enough of them, but difficult they are not.  I would wait until into June before planting out.  Once they start to run they will romp away with no help from you.   If you water and feed them you will get loads of leaves but little if any fruit - think about where they orignate, as with all plants the closer we can get to where they evolved the better they will grow.  Have fun & enjoy. 

Oak Tree Planting

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 12:29

Mine is on an even larger pot, but I possibly have more space than you have.  The pot is on a paved area, so in principle the roots can't go through - but I'd not realy trust that!  It could never be moved save by a JCB, unless the pot was broken up. I have had several things go through their pots, a large acer in our garden must have done that years ago, as it is far too big to be living in its pot alone.  I won't try to remove the pot as it must be full of roots, but I am fascinated by the idea it has this narrow root through the hole and then a major root mass, unless it has broken the bottom of the pot out.   I have never pruned our oak yet, bar the odd dead twig - do you do it in the winter when it is dormant?   We have no mature oaks too close so as yet it has not caught anything horrible.  I don't think oak gall is harmful though is it? 

Oak Tree Planting

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 12:09

Yes, we have seen bonsai oaks as well, but this one is just a tree - Alina W, so very  glad to hear about your 25 year old oak in a pot - what size pot?  Ours is now about 10 foot tall, but I don't expect it to get much more because of the root restrictions.  Do you prune it or anything?  

Lawn damage from fire

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 09:59

Following a burn from a barbeque, we spiked and reseeded the  fairly small area, ittiook a couple of years to look quite right but is now properly green and thriving.  As the previous person said. so much dpeneds on the size of the fire and how deeply it has gone itnto the ground and root systems.  You may do better to remove the area and returf or reseed it. 

Oak Tree Planting

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 09:58

This probably does not help ypu, but I will tell you anyway, no-one is obliged to read it!  We found a sprouted acorn one autumn, about 10 years ago, my partner insisted on keeping it.  At first I put it in a border, then realised that this really was not a good idea, as it would become far too large and greedy for that site.  It was dug up, about 2 years after planting, and potted in a HUGE pot.  There it has remained since, growing well, but beause the roots are restrained, it will never become the huge woodloand oak it could have done.    it is very lovely, has good strong growth and beautiful leaves.   Each year we top dress it with new JI3, and clean the gravel around it before replacing it.   So you can grow an oak in a pot, if you are crazy enough to want to do so, but in reality I would not suggest that!

Get your memorial tree planted in the autumn, it will then become the tree it should be, and will be then a wonderful and suitable growing memorial to your sadly missed friend.  

Talkback: Grow something different

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 11:19
Are not caladium what we call foliage begonias? They can look stunning indeed, look forward to hearing how you get on with them from seed.

Talkback: Tulips

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 11:16
I am so glad I am not the only on with weird tulip results. Some of my pots did nothing at all, some half the tulips grew - literally half, one side or the other, a couple grew well, some leaves only. All were new bulbs bought from a reputable grower - so what is it with tulips this year? At present some of mine are tall and lovely with fat buds which are going to rot away soon without opening if the rain continues. This is one of the reasons I stopped growing parrot and other frilly tulips, they invariably rotted before opening.

In previous years I have had lots of glorious tulips in pots, lovely colours, doing well - is this because of a change in compost? I do wonder when I look at what comes out of bags this year, maybe last years bulb stuff was not good? The mix to get a few but have always left enough for a good show, but not this year - or come to that, last year either.

Talkback: Controlling weeds

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 11:11
I now what to do about daisies in your lawn - enjoy them, they are natural and gorgeous.

Talkback: Controlling weeds

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 11:09

Weeds will come first, as they are the natural plants to the area and the country (unless it is an un-natural import such as balsam and japanese knotweed) so have the resources to grow well here.  A weed is ony a plant you feel is in the wrong place, your sweet peas will grow and catch up, outgrowing low growing weeds, but I'm afraid you will still need to keep on top of them if your imported flowers -i.e. sweet peas, are to grow well.

We all love our imported flowers, me included, but do tend to forget where they originated and developed, then wonder why they sometimes don't do well when we offer them opposite places in which we expect them to grow.   Export pansies to Africa, and they won't grow there either, without a vast amount of care (I know, I tried!).

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