Latest posts by BrummieBen

What's your Flower of the moment?

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 01:59

if it's a climber BL then maybe golden showers?

William Morris principle?

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 01:48

I'm learning this myself, far easier to go with nature than fight it. My gooseberries are stripped to the canes every year, regardless of spraying and netting, Yes I could wrap them up in fleece, bt then is a pain when the wind gets up. I'm going to throw them, and the damn sawfly and grow something I enjoy probably more, blueberries!

Garden Gallery

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 01:42

dry cleaning offered at very reasonable rates! Well all these coats, some of them will need a clean?

How would you describe your garden?

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 01:27

oh, and regards to the cuttings, nursery bed with good soil/watered etc, using pencil thickness, should be established by autumn, then by next summer easily viable for hedging. I will when I rip the current hedge out, obviously dig a good 18 inch - 2 foot down, clear any bricks stones etc then stick a good foot of manure/organic, then compost/soil mix on top to plant in. Keep it watered and they should get me easy a foot in the first year, and that will be with cutting every 3-4 weeks to maintain density and thickness.

How would you describe your garden?

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 01:21

Ah but I have a plan, yes amongst all the others!!! I have access to plenty of pyrocanta cuttings, what I shall probably try is the pencil thick 12 " heel in to a nursery bed method. (Similar to roses) For a hedge I'm thinking 10-12 " spacing, with a second row behind spaced inbetween. The plants will be cut every month, shears or trimmer to ensure the hedge becomes very tight and thick. After that it's a question of cutting the soft growth every 6 weeks or so. Not so much different from the privet. Hoping the hedge provides shelter and nest sites for birds, also deters people trying to come through or over. Bear in mind this hedge will be starting basically 6 ft above pavement height, so even a couple of foot will stop anybody 'climbing' :P 

You might think I'm mad, but I've just taken a load of Berberis cuttings, to line the trellis fence I put up between myself and the neighbours. It's 4ft high, but because of all the steps, all the pizza and taxi junkmail people vault the fence and it will fall down eventually. Lets see how they like a handful of berberis.. (I'm tempted to setup a camera just so I can laugh)

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 01:09

bah looks like my photos were above the size limit, late now, I'll try to resize when I get up.. toodles

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 01:07

Ok some pics, here's the clematis I have no idea of the name of!

 my lovely lupin common as, but I do love it.

 Some of my mad aquilegia, some are singles, some doubles and some triples, all in a lovely purple/blue

 good old papaver, never lets me down.

 more aquilegia

 my lovely broom, 2/3 collapsed after rain a few weeks back, it's too big for the border so was going to go, only half flowered before it collapsed, would have been stunning. Still once it's finished I'll have more room!

 a type of rhoddy that smells fantastic, if anyone knows the variety please speak up, inherited when I bought the house.


 my bush rose about to erupt

 When unfurled, again if someone can name that rose I'd be grateful. The plant is about 4 ft high millions of buds and smells divine. It was in a pot with a huge 1 inch thick tap root going in the ground. Now had pot removed and a load of manure and decent soil around it, it's probably going to go mental, and I can't wait. Currently you can smell it from about 10 yards away, so when it enjoys it's new spot, hopefully the flowers will increase substantially.

 I'll try and stick more up as things happen. Really enjoy seeing other people's ideas and successes! Gives me hope and heart..

chilli plant

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 00:01

Darren you have to play the game mate. The move stuff in and out game. It is a REAL pain in the butt, 'but' it is all you can do. They need to be coming out of the cold frame into a shaded area for the day for at least a week, then they come out into a semi sunny area or in sun but only for a few hrs. You build it up gradually. Your peppers are probably VERY sensitive to temps, therefore you need to play the game and shift them in and out for a few weeks. Your peppers are in shock, this is why they aren't growing. Minute you help them acclimatise gradually, your problems will cease. Good Luck.

PS (I hate the moving in and out bit myself, does my nut in, but has to be done!)

Tomato plant problem

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 23:53

yep, I'd probably go with temperature stress, you have any shading on the GH? I ask because when my thermometer is in the sun in the GH, the temp can go into the mid 40's. Even in the shade, if the gh itself isn't shaded last week the temps were high 30's. Just remember plants don't like huge fluctuations. It makes them have shock, for example not acclimatising your seedlings before planting out, what has happened to you is the opposite. Instead of taking shock from cold, they have taken shock from heat. First thing a plant does when shocked, is conserve all resources to ensure it's survival so it can recover and still set seed. Typically this means sacrificing flowers and fruit first, and also soft shoots and new leaves, which relieves the pressure on it's food and fluid transport system.

This last week or so we've had has been some quite intense sun. I never burn, yet last week I burnt probably the worst I have for 20 years. (Took my t shirt off for just over an hour to even up my tan) I was still painful 3 days later, and when you consider I visit Malta 4 times a year and have done last 20 years +, it goes to show the intensity of the UV last week here in the UK. That is what has hammered your plants to the point where they have dropped their blossom before the fruit has set. Don't worry it'll set more, just be mindful of the temps in the GH, and also shading. Good luck.


Posted: 11/06/2013 at 23:40

So if they start to produce flowers, chop them off? My elephant are all trying to out do my allium, but I can chop them off should I?

Discussions started by BrummieBen

growing brassicas

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clematis - The President

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Going to try the theory of 2 cuts a week

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water those poor souls!

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anyone else think this 'extended' winter, means a good summer

as above 
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So lyon, change your name back to Gary, wondering why?

well not really 
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Fine Green beans in the shops

What are they? 
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This made me spill my tea over the keyboard!

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Your Favourite Tools

The ones you use most! 
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Needing old mouse or vole nests

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While it's been raining

trawling youtube for gardening 
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Most famous moment with your plants?

meeting a big cheese 
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