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Latest posts by bookmonster

Seaside grass

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 12:52
Wow, lots of options, thanks. What's in the picture?


Posted: 22/08/2015 at 11:11
If I had loads of time and skill i'd make something as anything I can afford will no doubt be overpriced and on the flimsier side.

Seaside grass

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 10:51
Looking for a grass species to use in a seashore themed container garden, ideally good for wildlife and providing year round interest of some sort. Any ideas?


Posted: 09/08/2015 at 14:57
Thanks! Is yours real glass? It's a relatively sheltered garden though the fence panels can move a bit when it's really windy.


Posted: 09/08/2015 at 14:32
Our plastic mini greenhouse was damaged in high winds so we're thinking of getting one of these. It will be on a patio against a fence- will it still be vulnerable to wind, and will it need fixing down?

Bring out your planters!

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 10:43

 Wow, some great recycling! I'm largely looking for ideas for plants/styles of plants to use, ideally beneficial to wildlife. Sorry about the mess and the open gate, but you can see the area is quite narrow. The existing planters are falling apart. The gap had a plastic greenhouse, which was destroyed in windy weather over winter.


Posted: 13/07/2015 at 10:37

Does anyone know if elder plants are ever grafted? May be a coincidence, but under a plant identified here as an elder (though it's never flowered) we have lots of vine like elder, and now a small elder tree with flowers has sprung up behind the broome, I'll take a photo when it's not raining. Not sure how to take them out with other plants in the way and am loath to use weedkillers, any suggestions/experiences?

New lawn a bit sad.

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 10:35

How high was it before it was mown? They recommend taking no more than 1/3 of its length off at once. When our lawn was first laid I had to cut it with shears to start with.


Bring out your planters!

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 10:19

Our suburban garden has as much patio as anything else, and the planters we inherited are disintegrating. We're looking for inspiration for permanent pot arrangements to replace them with. I'm  a keen wildlife gardener but tend to go for hardy perennials and herbs, rather than anything too labour intensive. The spot is south facing, against a fence, and the depth is limited due to the opening of the garade door. What have you done with perennials in a container that you're proud of?

Apple and Pear Blossom

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 10:16



We planted an espalier howgate wonder apple, and a double cordon pear, last march, and removed all the blossom last year- loads on the apple, 1 flower on the pear. This year the pear had loads of blossom, of which I removed around a third, but only one pear has set. Any tips?

The howgate wonder apple has no blossom this year, but is otherwise healthy apart from some leaf miner moth damage. Is this an every other year tree?


Thanks, I'm very much new to fruit trees!


Discussions started by bookmonster

Allium questions

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any other arachnaphobes out there?

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shallot harvest

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Seaside grass

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Practical questions 
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Bring out your planters!

Inspiration needeed! 
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Apple and Pear Blossom

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Allium Rust

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allium rust

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Id please

pretty weed? 
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last frost

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Dividing Hellebores

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Poor Germination Rate

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Bee watering hole

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