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christmas tree

Posted: 08/12/2012 at 10:20

Here is a photo with one of my Christmas trees in the background. Not the biggest! Don't have a photo of that. Bother, it won't upload. A box appears saying "RadUpload Ajax callback error" what does that mean? Perhaps Elf Geoff would know?

christmas tree

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 22:36

Elf (see previous page) has changed his name yet again. I'm sure he's really Sotongeoff. Funny, I'd imaged him tall, capable, an excellent gardener and a whizz at computers! I imagine elves small and ethereal. The joys of Christmas time!

Tagetes Minuta

Posted: 06/12/2012 at 22:49

It's 6 feet tall and Sarah says "not much of a looker", so how would it look in a flower bed? And how many do you need? 

christmas tree

Posted: 05/12/2012 at 23:02

After we moved into this house in 1990 I thought I would only buy Christmas trees with roots, so for the next 5 years I bought a tree each year and planted it in the garden. I live in the country and have over an acre of garden. After that the Garden Centre changed supplier and the trees always died. The 5 trees are now enourmous and blocking the light from other shrubs and trees. I've had to cut off the bottom branches from 3 of them as they were blocking the way to the rest of the garden. If I had a small garden it would be a disaster. I've been told that if ever I need to remove them I would have to get a professional tree surgeon.

Help with identifying a plant

Posted: 04/12/2012 at 10:38

I expect, after all that, Miss Green Fingers will have been frightened off!! Miss Green Fingers, if that is so, you could try posting again with a different name. But this is a friendly forum, we won't be cross, but we would have loved to have known what plant it was.

My first effort

Posted: 04/12/2012 at 10:18

Thank you for re-sending your photos. The lawn looks lovely, green and healthy. As the photos were taken in the spring, were the pots and contents of the mini green house new plants waiting for you to make some beds? I would put some large pots around a patio area and dig some beds for the rest of the plants - so much easier for  watering and feeding. Dig in some manure and compost if the soil is poor or clay. You could have climbers, like clematis, growing up the fence - I see you have put up a trellis. It would be nice to see what you did with your garden later in the year.

Signs of Spring!!!

Posted: 22/11/2012 at 22:04

Above I meant to say July 2011 for the blue clematis.

Signs of Spring!!!

Posted: 22/11/2012 at 22:02


Top photo is clematis Perle d'Azure in July - normal. Bottom photo is same clematis in early January this year. It had died back in Oct/Nov after frosts, then re-started in mild winter weather. But this summer it has been pathetic. We had -17° and snow in February and spring growth was very poor.

Vine Weevil Grubs in the lawn

Posted: 22/11/2012 at 19:30

Human hair doesn't work. I have a deer problem, nothing worked until we put a high fence around the veg. garden and fenced off the best bit of the flower garden. Last year they stripped roses and clematis and ate the tops off most of the perennials. They even ate the leaves of a big thick leaved hosta that the slugs don't touch.

north faceing wall

Posted: 22/11/2012 at 17:40

Pyracantha will grow in shade but it won't have so many flowers, therefore it won't have so many berries. I have one under a tree and it has enough berries to make a show even if it's not as smothered with them as it could be in the sun. The birds will like the berries in the winter. Need to take care when pruning as it's very prickly. Keep it in control and snip bits off when necessary to keep it neat.

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