Latest posts by chrissieB

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 : )

Dry as paper

Posted: 14/08/2016 at 09:46

Lots of hydrangea flowers change colour as they age so the pink and green mottling is probably completely normal.

Moving Viburnum opulus

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 11:11

Thanks, think I am just nervous and wanting reassurance as its such a nice shrub : ) 

Moving Viburnum opulus

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 09:13


i want to move a Viburnum opulus Snowball in our new garden but wondering exactly when is the best time - Autumn or Spring? Also I've have read conflicting advice on whether I should cut it back before moving or not?

It's about 1.2 by 1.2m (4ft in old money) and I'd prefer not to cut it back as its a good size and shape to help create some privacy against our picket fence boundary - I haven't had one before so not sure how quickly they grow?

thanks in advance 

Greenhouse base question

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 08:06


I'm getting my first greenhouse soon and we are busy getting the site ready at the moment. We have nearply finished digging out all the old roots and rubble and about to start levelling.

We have googled and watch YouTube videos on levelling so feel OK with that but we then have to make sure the soil is 'sufficiently' compact. What we can't find any useful information on is how compact is 'sufficiently' compact?

Is doing the gardeners shoe shuffle (as done when preparing an lawn area) enough - we have found an ancient roller in the undergrowth so we are also thinking of using that if needed - question is will that be enough?

(The greenhouse is going directly onto the soil with concreted fixings)

Garden layout software

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 07:37

I don't think there is much available outside of professional packages, there was one available on the GW site some years ago but it was quite limited and clunky to use. There is a program called sketch-up that you could download for free, you can use that to do plans in 2 and 3D, Maybe you could google and see if it's still available, it's not something that you could 'run with' straight away so you would need a guide/manual as well. 

Simplest way is to draw a scale plan of your plot on paper but then use tracing paper over the top to draw out any ideas. That way you can make lots of changes or play with ideas without having to re-draw your scaled plan each time, saves time and as you can use more than one layer of tracing paper at a time you can mix and match bits of your ideas until you settle on a design. Also if you print your photos A4 size on ordinary paper you can draw some of your ideas onto them to help visualise how any changes might look.

Happy planning!

When plants aren't in flower

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 08:20

The RHS A -Z is good and the detailed information in the text section often describes the leaves. Be careful when googling plant images as not all will be the plant you are looking for - some are mislabelled by the original poster and some are in response to only part of your search. Its worth checking the source and/or visiting the site the picture is from just to be sure.

but agree I do wish magazines and books were more willing to show the whole plant out of flower so we can see the foliage and natural shape of the plant itself


Garlic rust and tulips?

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 11:32
Hi This year my garlic got badly infected with rust. I know that I need to avoid planting garlic, onions etc in that patch but am wondering if tulips would be ok? I know they are not the same family but have a nagging feeling that I should maybe find another spot for them. Thank you


Posted: 16/08/2014 at 06:24
When we were children my cousins had a raised brick built pond that was about 3 ft high - looked like a giant coffin to be honest. BUT I have never seen a pond with so many frogs in it. This was before the days of ' wildlife' gardening so no creature friendly ramps.

At our last house we had a formal pond with raised sides about 10" above the water so I provided a ramp which we never saw the frogs use once so I do think we sometimes worry too much. Obviously a ramp and sloping sides is easier for some creatures but they often find their own way as well

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