Latest posts by chrissieB

Water feature

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 09:42

There must be a pump to circulate the water but I guess it's all self-contained with its own resevoir etc so that you just plonk it down where you want it. If you google the Grand Designs show website they probably have a list of the exhibitors

Last edited: 27 May 2017 09:42:26

Skunk cabbage

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 09:37

I don't think there's is an easy way other than as Punkdoc says lots of physical hard work - digging it all out and making sure you get all the roots out as it will regenerate from the tiniest piece. I think there was a piece on GW about this some weeks ago, Jo Swift visiting a garden and discussing how it has become a severe problem is some areas of the country as it's spreading into our waterways and destroying native habitats.

Link below to some advice, first bit is aimed at habitat control. Lower down has suggestions on removal methods -  good luck

budding bud grafting course in Scotland?

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 08:56

Do you have any colleges near you offering horticultural courses? I think this might be covered in one of the RHS practical courses? And if not they may have a tutor willing to show you how to do it?

Gravel garden

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 08:46

I think if you're just using gravel you will need quite a thick layer to help stop weeds coming up. We had limestone chippings on a bed directly onto the soil and they worked quite effectively but you do pull soil up through the gravel/stone whenever you weed or plant anything and over time they started to work their way into the soil. I think if I was doing it again and planting an area from scratch I would use membrane underneath, especially if I was worried about perennial weeds coming through.

i do think gravel gardens can be very effective as they set off  the plants so well, whether going for an informal or minimalist look.

Plant ID - spotted at Chelsea

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 08:37

Am almost relieved they are out of stock 🙃

And yes ⭐️ to Hogweed

Achillea - lower leaves droopy & yellow

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 08:18

Echo the advice given but the lower leaves on achilleas can look quite tired once the plant is flowering

To Chop or not to Chop

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 08:03

I agree with Borderkine, it all depends on the amount of sun you get in your garden. We had a north facing garden so only quite a short season of sunshine and it never really worked cutting back for a second flush or doing the Chelsea chop for a longer season. We would get fresh growth so worked for a tidy up. We now have a much sunnier garden so will be experimenting again to see when the best time is.

Last edited: 27 May 2017 08:03:49

Just curious......

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 09:18

Oh dear, Pete8, I'm trying Xanthos this year for the first time. I thought the colour looked sublime, will have to see how I get on. 

Just curious......

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 09:03

Cosmos, any variety but Purity is my favourite, and ox-eye daisies. I know the latter isn't an annual or bedding plant but I don't really do much of either so in my garden they say summer to me

Plant ID - spotted at Chelsea

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 08:37

😊 Please don't encourage near to breaking point just need to see a discount code and I will be a lost cause but a very happy one 🤗

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