Latest posts by chrissieB

Lupins & Delphiniums

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 08:14

Has the whole plant gone brown or just the flower spikes?

The flowers will brown once they have gone over, some of mine have gone over more quickly than usual, I think it's  the heat. If you cut down the old spikes from lupins, you may get more flowers. Dint know if that works for Delphiniums as not something I have ever grown.

Last edited: 23 June 2017 08:14:38

Crampe (flowering sea kale)

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 08:09

It seems to have fallen out of favour - I guess it's quite big for many gardens now. Have been considering it for our border as would help create some privacy but have vague recollections of been told that it can smell quite cabbage-y - is that true?

Lily bulbs

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 07:48

Yes you can. I do the same with daffy and tulips, just stick them in any old pot with the soil and as Posy says let them die down naturally

Xhose - Expandable hose - any good?

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 07:09

We haven't particularly good water pressure and ours works fine. I think having read this thread that having less than normal pressure may be an advantage as our hose is less likely to burst : )

i do like ours as so easier to use than a normal hose but it does leak slightly and we have only used it probably three maybe four times over the year since purchase. That doesn't particularly bother me as I am a tough-love gardener and never use a hose or water the garden usually. We only bought a hose so we could give newly planted areas, new lawn etc an initial watering (we are completely renovating and largely replanting a neglected garden) and probably won't use it again after that - have never had or used a hose in my previous gardens.

I wouldn't recommend one to someone wanting to use it regularly.

Garden higher than house

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 07:12

Hi, if the retaining wall is 8ft high you really need to get professional advice (surveyor or builder) before making any alterations and also re whether it is still strong enough. Am guessing you didn't get a full survey done or I would have thought they would have referred to the condition of the wall? At 8ft it should be double-skinned aka two bricks thick and have buttresses for support. If you get a builder in to give advice make sure they are experienced with retaining walls (at this height) as this is not something all builders routinely deal with.

its hard to judge whether fencing would help re safety without photos but you need to ensure that any faencing or balustrade used is robust enough to withstand someone falling against it as that's what you are worried about - I know that may sound obvious but it will need to influence your choices And will influenced the cost. But also children are robust and quick learning so maybe see how the garden is for you all to use and then concentrate on where you need a fence rather than over -engineering it.

I need design idea for my garden

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 06:57

Hi, couple of questions so we can make hopefully useful suggestions

How much sun, if any, does it get and at what time of day?

When you say rocks, do you mean it's stoney or that the soil is sitting above rubble/real rock - if the latter how deep is the soil?

You say your plants died - what sort of plants did you try (that might help indicate what the soil is like)?

And last question, promise - how long and wide is the bed, it's very hard to judge sizes from a photo 

Thanks Roseandaya


Posted: 21/06/2017 at 07:55

They might be yellowing because they have exhausted the food in the seed tray. Don't usually grow mine in pots but they are quite large and thirsty plants so would only put one in a pot and go for the biggest pot you have.

Convert lawn into paving

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 17:42

It's obviously your choice but please bear in mind that paving usually needs maintaining as well - quite often weeds will seed between the slabs and keeping on top of them is definitely a hard and unrewarding job.

also although no planning requirements do consider run-off, you may need to add drainage channels etc so do ensure that your builder addresses this when installing the paving.

Bread bean has blown path on step and blackfly

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 08:10

PS I agree they do look pretty revolting once infested 🤢

Bread bean has blown path on step and blackfly

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 08:09

The brown patch may just be damage from the black fly. Your beans might be ok - depends how quickly you caught the infestation as that will stunt the growth and not all of the pods may develop. If they aren't big enough to pick yet, I would just keep an eye on them to see of you get any more growth. 

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