Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

Ford Abbey near Yeovil

Posted: 12/12/2012 at 16:53

We went there in June. It was beautiful. We had a good lunch and there is a really good plant sales area.

can I plant now?

Posted: 12/12/2012 at 12:12

Yew berries are very poisonous, deadly, what about passing children? I know someone whose horse died from eating yew.

Too much ginger

Posted: 12/12/2012 at 09:40

Thank you, ThaiGer. I think I'll try it in the Spring. It was -9° outside this morning and my house is quite cool at night. We light the woodburning stoves in the morning.

Too much ginger

Posted: 11/12/2012 at 23:08

How lucky you are to grow ginger. It is too cold here, I tried growing some in the greenhouse but it was very small.

Hedge or border

Posted: 11/12/2012 at 23:04

The problem with buxus is a fungal disease that seems to be getting more common. If you want a buxus lookalike, easy to grow, faster growing but still small and neat if kept clipped, then try lonicere nitida. There is a golden variety too.

If berberis has "nana" added to it's name then it's dwarf. There is berberis thunbergii nana which can be purple if it is atropurpurea nana or gold if it's aurea nana.  (What a mouthfull!)

Nandina domestica is very pretty with its leaves that flush red and its berries, but it's more expensive to buy. Can be used as single specimens or hedging.

If you like conifers there are several varieties of Thuja such as Thuja occidentalis "Little Gem". 

Now is a good time to plant when there is a mild day not a hard frost.

Your experiences with Astrantia

Posted: 11/12/2012 at 09:31

I love them too, but rarely see them here in Dordogne. I have two fairly pathetic ones. I think it's just too hot here in summer. In August the ground can be really dry.

uploading photos

Posted: 11/12/2012 at 09:28

Good heavens, it's Geoff again!! Thanks, I'll have to practice that, I've never done it before, bit nervous about computers. More at home with gardening and horses!

uploading photos

Posted: 10/12/2012 at 22:15

I have uploaded photos before, but it doesn't work anymore. I click on the oak tree, then select and my photo files come up but then it seems stuck and they won't upload onto the forum. Is it my computer or this site?

christmas tree

Posted: 10/12/2012 at 16:28

Your Christmas tree is really lovely, the perfect shape and bushiness.

paraffin heaters

Posted: 09/12/2012 at 21:18

I use a Parasene Superwarm 5 parafin heater when I sow my seeds in March. I haven't noticed condensation. It keeps frost at bay and only raises the temperature a couple of degrees, but my greenhouse is about 4m x 2m, so a little bigger than yours.


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