London (change)
Today 12°C / 3°C
Tomorrow 8°C / 8°C


Latest posts by bookmonster

Dividing Hellebores

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 07:11
I'm not sure I can post a photo from my phone, but I have a large and thriving hybrid hellebore that I've had for just over two years. It has to be my favourite plant in the garden, but I don't have the space for it to expand forever. The leaves appear to be evergreen, they don't die down. Would you divide it, and if so when? Thanks!

Poor Germination Rate

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 09:38
Wow, lots of ideas, thanks! I'll have a look at those companies, and it's a good point about direct sunlight. They're not likely to be over watered in this house, with a nearly-crawling baby!

Poor Germination Rate

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 06:22

How do you choose seeds? I have some bolthardy beetroot seed that was left over from last year in a module tray doing reallywell, but the albino I was given for Christmas, grown identically, is doing really poorly. My purple dwarf beans are also disappointing, 1 out of about 8 is coming up after a few weeks, and wasn't much better  last year. These are all on a sunny windowsill.  

Any thoughts?

Cat Poo on my raised veg beds

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 06:16

I doubt having a litter tray at home would stop them! I need to get out with sticks, chilli and orange peel I think! If you're cooking the veg it should be fine, I never eat raw home grown veg now

Bee watering hole

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 04:06

Some good ideas there! I just need to think about what plants to incorporate now.


Bee watering hole

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 11:15

Interesting, Watery, I've also read they prefer water they can smell, eg water that is left to become green. Maybe they associate the smell of your dog with water!

Bee watering hole

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 07:07

Would a 30cm container be too small for a mini bog? A bog should have some advantages of a pond, but more child-safe!

Bee watering hole

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 06:45

I read recently that bees like a drink, and a shallow dish with pebbles, kept moist, can provide this. Has anyone done this or something similar? I'm thinking of creating some permanent pots with maybe ramekins or teacups as bee watering holes, with nectar rich small plants like alpines. Alternatively, I could create a bog garden containerwith the same aims. Any thoughts or plant suggestions? Will need to keep it low budget!


Why are blackbirds digging the garden

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 05:54

Annoying as it is I'd take it as a compliment. The blackbirds have steadily become more interested as we've improved our soil.

what fruit and veg to grow

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 23:24
I've planted shallots from sets and winter white lisbon spring onions recently

Discussions started by bookmonster

Allium questions

Replies: 5    Views: 389
Last Post: 13/09/2015 at 10:42

any other arachnaphobes out there?

Replies: 39    Views: 998
Last Post: 15/09/2015 at 12:35

shallot harvest

Replies: 6    Views: 362
Last Post: 31/08/2015 at 16:00

Seaside grass

Replies: 10    Views: 349
Last Post: 24/08/2015 at 15:14


Practical questions 
Replies: 23    Views: 858
Last Post: 01/09/2015 at 16:00


Replies: 1    Views: 178
Last Post: 13/07/2015 at 15:17

Bring out your planters!

Inspiration needeed! 
Replies: 12    Views: 545
Last Post: 14/07/2015 at 10:43

Apple and Pear Blossom

Replies: 1    Views: 235
Last Post: 13/07/2015 at 10:34

Allium Rust

Replies: 4    Views: 304
Last Post: 27/05/2015 at 14:42

allium rust

Replies: 1    Views: 152
Last Post: 25/05/2015 at 20:25

Id please

pretty weed? 
Replies: 10    Views: 379
Last Post: 25/05/2015 at 12:38

last frost

Replies: 12    Views: 535
Last Post: 21/05/2015 at 20:24

Dividing Hellebores

Replies: 13    Views: 540
Last Post: 04/05/2015 at 10:29

Poor Germination Rate

Replies: 9    Views: 590
Last Post: 29/04/2015 at 16:57

Bee watering hole

Replies: 8    Views: 415
Last Post: 21/04/2015 at 10:29
1 to 15 of 25 threads