Latest posts by chrissieB

Help! North or West facing garden?

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 07:43

We had a north/northwest facing garden and still got some sunshine for eating outside But our season was shorter as it wasn't until the sun was high enough to be above the house line - so sunny at the end of the garden from end of March until September. We also got quite a bit of sun in the mornings from the east side of the garden. I learnt then that you need to look at what surrounds the house not just which way the garden faces as trees and other houses and your own will cast shade as well or if quite open you will get sun from the east and/or west sides as well. And as Ladybird says it is like having natural air conditioning on hot summer days.

we also once had a west facing garden and a lot of it was far too sunny for me as there was nothing to shade the house to the south side (we were a corner plot) so we got the sun nearly all day. But we had a lovely spot for sitting out in the evening sun.

i would have a good look at the gardens and see which feels the best as well as considering the aspect. and maybe see if you can visit a couple of times to see what the light is like at different times of day?

its always exciting getting a new garden so good luck in your new home.

weilga multi stemmed

Posted: 16/08/2016 at 08:31

I think wiegelia stems that are already mature might be too brittle to weave. I don't recall seeing one trained as a standard which is effectively what you would get if you weaved the stems?

The plants with plaited/woven stems have been trained like that from the start so that the stems are weaved together as they grow and when they are more pliable.

Garden invasion!

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 15:26

You can sink them into the ground which means they are a lot less obtrusive - you can also then dispense with the nets if you wish as the kids are bouncing from ground level so not going to fall off -just fall over if that makes sense : )

Happy bouncing x

Assessing which compass point we're facing!

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 15:23

Wind also causes the plants to lose more water through evaporation from their leaves. 

Like B3 said I just use the info on labels eg south facing simply as a guide that the plant is a sun lover. All gardens vary not only which way they do face but whether the sun is blocked or filtered by neighbouring buildings, trees etc.  It's all trial and error and I have a,ways found that you need to get to know your garden before you can really get a feel for the sunniest/shadier spots.

If you are on a windy corner, you could use wind tolearnt plants to create more shelter for those which are more tender. The other option would be to use trellis or something like your willow screen to filter the wind. Try and avoid anything solid as this just pushes the wind up and over the barrier making it even more turbulent and harder for the plants to cope.

How to use my kitchen food waste

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 08:09

We had a wormery some years ago and to be honest it never seemed to be as simple as the blurb claims. you have to be careful what your mix of compost is eg not too much citrus etc and I always seems to swing between it being too wet, too dry etc. Eventually I gave in and out all the worms in my normal compost bin.

Dry as paper

Posted: 14/08/2016 at 14:52

I meant as the blooms age not the plant itself - it may have already been in flower some weeks at the nursery. 

If you do want one that retains its colour probably best researching and buying a specific cultivar, am sure there probably is one available.

Stinky culprit I.d

Posted: 14/08/2016 at 14:50

I think some varieties do have a nice smell?

Quince pruning

Posted: 14/08/2016 at 14:49

The leaves look like the fruit tree quince in the original post? Or maybe I just opresumed as I have had true quince on the brain lately : )

i think we only have three or four fruits developing so looking forward to trying them in our Apple pies and fingers crossed we have enough for quince jelly next year.

Quince pruning

Posted: 14/08/2016 at 10:58

weve just inherited a quince tree in our new garden so have been reading round on how to care for it. The general rule seems to be to treat it like apples re pruning so the main work should be done in winter. Most of these rules/advise are about maximising your crop and there doesnt seem to be any risk to the trees health if you prune at other times if the year. In an article, Bunny Guiness says she always tidies up her quince trees in the summer (article was published in August) both to keep them to size and thin the canopy.

We did some pruning a month or so ago to remove some dead and crossing branches and cut down all the suckers having just released the poor thing from several years worth of brambles and the tree seems to be thriving.

They apparently crop on the branch tips so the worst that might happen is maybe a smaller crop next year.

Stinky culprit I.d

Posted: 14/08/2016 at 10:05

Is it one of the Eucomis family? Some of those smell pretty bad despite a common name of pineapple Lilly : )

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