Latest posts by chrissieB

Storing seed and poor germination

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 11:01
It can be frustrating can't it. I seem to have had a very bad year for seed germination - partly weather, partly old seed and partly me I guess

Can anyone recommend a grass for a novice?

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 07:59
A lot of grasses like well drained soils, that we might be why you have a 50/50 survival rate. Most grasses should be easy to grow if they like the conditions you have got.

The plant selector tools on the RHS and Crocus sites are quite good.

I believe that Panicum virgatum can cope with heavier soil and there are some blue quite upright forms - Heavy Metal is one, but I think there are others

Miscasthus sinensis 'Variegatus' looks nice with Rodgersia. It's not blue but is variegated cream and green and doesn't look strongly green.

Or deschampsia cespitosa would probably enjoy the same conditions but that's gold/silver 'Goldtau' is a nice one.

Storing seed and poor germination

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 07:45
Last year I saved some of those plastic tubs with lids that washing machine gel tabs come in and have used them to store my seeds in (opened and unopened packets). We have had a very mixed year re germination rates, much worse than usual, and I am now wondering if it's something to do with the plastic boxes? Am afraid to say that I didn't bother washing them out and am now wondering if there were chemicals lingering from the tabs which has effected the seed? Do you think they would be ok to use if I have then a good soak? I don't why I didn't anyway, only occurred to me when I opened one of them the other day and noticed that the washing tab smell is still quite strong.

Bitter new potatoes

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 07:39
I haven't tried Arran pilot but we grew Arran Victory last year and we found them slightly bitter and quite a strong flavour - I quite liked them but they were more of an 'acquired taste' than you expect potatoes to be.

They were also a nightmare to dig up as they were quite small and very dark blue/ black - as our soil is also very dark and full of small blue/black stones it was a case of spot the potato : )


Posted: 01/07/2014 at 07:27
Hi Dove

Magpies are the quiet ones here - we have a pair of those which hang around the car park ( we live in a block of flats) - the noisy ones are the seagulls. We have loads and they create a real racket when they flock together before settling at night. It quite divides local opinion - some people absolutely hate them. I know they are noisy ( and messy) but I always think they sound so wonderfully raucous and positively alive ( if that makes sense). Must admit I do curse when it's my car they leave a calling card on : /

PS Hope you are enjoying your having your smileys back, wish I could get them on my iPad : (

irrigation question

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 07:20
As already said we don't have much experience of droughts here in the uk but hopefully some helpful thoughts

- are you watering only the plants that really need it? You may be able to reduce your watering by only tending those that rely on you and/or having a different routine for different plants
- have you put any mulch down, organic or something like gravel, this can make a huge difference as helps prevent evaporation
- if you have always watered then your plants will have adapted to be reliant on you; no it won't help now but maybe start to reduce your watering permanently so that your plants have to set down deeper roots and become more self reliant

It's difficult to offer an opinion on whether 60 minutes is too much without knowing what sort of area and what types of plants you are watering?

Can anyone identify this shrub :)

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 07:12
I sometimes find that you get lots of stray photos on google where one or part of a word matches but it's not the specific plant you are looking for - can be very frustrating : /

Need Front Garden Ideas

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 07:10
Would be useful to know which way your garden faces? Lavenders would need full sun

Also what is your soil like?

And you say you want a complete change from what's there now, is it the systole or the specific plants, colours which you don't like?

Sorry for all the QStack but we can then tailor the answer accordingly : )

Dianthus Devon Winnow (morning star)

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 07:07
Is my memory working and Devon Winnie is a Sweet William?

If it is, in my experience they are never very long lived, even the perennial varieties, and can become quite straggly after a few years. Maybe you should try and save some seed and raise some new plants.

What a lovely idea though re finding plants with your pets name : )

how to deter cats from fouling in your garden

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 06:59
We had foxes digging under the fence in my old garden. When my OH filled it back in he wedged and buried old plastic plant pots under the fence as well. I thought he was mad and and it would never work but it did : ) I don't know if it was because they weren't sure what it was but it worked - although they simply kept moving along the fence until they and my OH had run out of fence : )

It also used up all my plastic plant pots, which given how many I had stockpiled was a welcome side effect. You couldn't see the pots as he buried them and the plants hid any bits that might have shown.

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