Latest posts by chrissieB


Posted: 29/08/2016 at 10:23


Has anyone used myrtle as a low hedge? Just wondering on your experiences or views. 

Am planning a simple knot garden and thought myrtle might be an attractive alternative to box as the scent is so lovely when you brush against it. 

We are in Birmingham and the area is quite sheltered and sunny so hoping winter frost won't be a problem.

Myrtle communis tarentina is the variety I was considering but only based on an article which cited this as good for low growing hedges although it didn't say how low - I am thinking of 30-45cm/ 12-18" in old monies

thanks Chrissie

Plant (or weed) identification please

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 09:59

I can't help with the ID but if you like the look of it keep it. Many people consider forget me nots and herb robert as weeds but I love and keep both, and just whip out any in the 'wrong' place.

Rooting hormone and hydrangeas

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 09:56

I'm now in two minds as your garden always looks so stunning in the pictures you post Verdun. I think I will get some fresh RP but will do half and half just to see. I'm planning on lots of cuttings this year as we have a new, large garden to fill so the higher the success rate the better.

Rooting hormone and hydrangeas

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 09:19

Thanks Punkdoc, that saves me a trip to the GC 

Not had an apple for years!

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 09:11

Letting in more light will probably make a big difference.

Pruning may increase a crop but most fruit trees will still flower and fruit without been pruned. You would have to be very aggressive to prune enough to kill the tree, the worst you might do is reduce the amount of flower and fruit for the following season but it should be ok after that.

Rooting hormone and hydrangeas

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 09:07

Thanks Nut, will try without.

Having thought about it, am sure the tub of rooting hormone I have was given to me by my mum ( who obviously rarely if ever used it as she was cuttings crazy) so that means it must by at least a decade old! I think it's time for a tidy up and decluttering in the garden shed...

Rooting hormone and hydrangeas

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 08:58


I'm doing some hydrangea cuttings this year for the first time. Do I need to use rooting hormone? I've looked at several sites which all include it in their instructions, but I know that this often gets included as routine rather than been necessary, I rarely if ever use rooting hormone for any other cuttings I've done.

 My second question is how long does rooting powder last - does it ever go off or stale? 

thank you

Ideas for a primary school gardening club

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 08:51

Could you do some cuttings (choosing things easy to get results from) ? That way you would be generating some new p,ants for the school grounds or if they don't want you to expand the planting maybe for selling at school fetes.

Bulb starter worth it?

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 08:47

That should say only time not inky :)

Bulb starter worth it?

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 08:47

The inky time worth feeding is after they've flowered to help the bulb develop for the following year. As Nut says the flower uses the goodness in the bulb to grow and so feeding new bulbs is a waste to time and money.

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