Latest posts by chrissieB


Posted: 03/07/2017 at 08:33

Of course, don't know how I forgot about squirrels - I shouldn't as we have them in our garden too...

What on earth do I do here

Posted: 03/07/2017 at 08:32

Don't know what the cost difference is but if do as Bob says and cover it all with weed membrane you could then cover that with bark instead of gravel.

My experience is once weeds have established themselves in paving/concrete then you never get rid of them again or only temporarily so covering it may be the easiest option and it will make it look better. You could use your containers to help hold the memrane down Or place these over the most uneven parts to help block any bits that might be real trip hazards.


Posted: 03/07/2017 at 08:09

Badgers di make a huge mess. We used to have foxes coming in and they made less mess than badgers but maybe messier than what you describe.But if there are foxes around then it could be them as they like to dig for leather jackets and other grubs.

Only other alternative I can think of is it could be jackdaws or magpies digging for grubs?

i can't see your photos either, it may be they need making smaller to upload.

Last edited: 03 July 2017 08:09:54

Nectaroscordum seeds

Posted: 02/07/2017 at 15:10

Thanks, nutcutlet

GW April 2017 perennial plants offer

Posted: 02/07/2017 at 09:02

If you go to the suppliers site they may still have the offer listed. I had signed up for one of the hayloft offers and couldn't remember what was coming and it was still listed on their offers page - you just had to scroll down past the current live offers. I expect the others are the same.

Mares tail!!

Posted: 02/07/2017 at 08:59

Hi asroc, the reason not to use bleach on the garden is the same reason it was effective on your drive - it kills everything and doesn't discriminate between weeds, plants or the good organisms living in your soil.

There isn't a failsafe solution to mares tail I'm afraid, especially if its coming through from a neighbours garden. If it is the shared area that is infested maybe it would be worth your while asking them if you can treat the whole area. Posters on here have successfully used standard glysophate weedkiller but you do need to bruise the stems before applying so that is absorbed and you will need repeated applications before it's conquered.

i just accept that it's in my garden and pull it up when doing a usual weeding session. Repeated weeding is supposed to weaken it over time. 

Nectaroscordum seeds

Posted: 02/07/2017 at 08:52

Some of mine did that as well, Keen, but no idea why?

When is it best to sow the seed and how long does it take from sowing to getting a flower?

Best books

Posted: 02/07/2017 at 08:50

I really like Carol Kleins Life in a Cottage Garden - an enjoyable read. Ditto Bob Flowerdew Organic Bible

i have two very old Readers Digest books which although quite out of date, are useful "dip into" books. Guide to Creative Gardening and Food from your Garden. I think it's also partly nostalgia as I remember my Mum using them and us looking through them together. 

Next favourite is Johnson Brooke's Garden Design - lots of good practical tips and an interesting read.

I also have a guilty pile of gardening books picked up in charity shops which are on my to-read pile so I may have another undiscovered favourite.

Whats wrong with our roses?

Posted: 02/07/2017 at 08:41

I would deadhead any badly damaged and you should get another flush soon. I did read a tip somewhere suggesting that you just peel away the outer petals of any that hadn't opened properly and then they may open normally and you can just deadhead the ones that don't respond - on just opening buds the rain can almost 'glue' the petals together so they can't open so this helps overcome that. Haven't tried it myself as we haven't had any roses at that stage suffering from the rain (yet).

We visited David Ausitin roses last year just after a couple of days of heavy rain. Was so glad we had decided to go as we completely changed our minds as to which we would buy and/or keep on our wish list.

We nearly didn't go as the weather had been so awful but then decided we would and in fact we were lucky in the timing as it was fascinating and very useful to see how different ones had coped with the previous few days heavy rain. Also the obvious advantage of seeing the colours for real as they can look so different in photos and doing a nose test on the scents . I also found it useful to see how different ones aged, you often only see pictures of them in bud and at their peak and some roses do 'age' much more prettily than others.

We came home with Tess of the D'Urbervilles as the one in their garden was smothered in wide opened flowers and didn't look as if it had even noticed the rain.

Getting rid of Ivy which is under my Leylandii hedge

Posted: 02/07/2017 at 08:22

I would agree with Hosta. Ivy only causes problems on weakened treesand/or when it's allowed to completely overtake and overwhelm a tree And with regular hedge trimming it isn't going to get chance to do that.

Discussions started by chrissieB

Feeling jinxed or going colour blind?

Replies: 12    Views: 259
Last Post: 25/06/2017 at 10:39


Deadheading and dividing 
Replies: 6    Views: 183
Last Post: 24/06/2017 at 10:42

Using seaweed granules

How often and as a spray  
Replies: 2    Views: 160
Last Post: 24/06/2017 at 10:13

Water Lily

Best feed and when? 
Replies: 6    Views: 152
Last Post: 11/06/2017 at 14:35

Scented or not?

Jasmin stephanense 
Replies: 2    Views: 118
Last Post: 27/05/2017 at 12:20

Reluctant dahlia

Doesn't want to grow? 
Replies: 4    Views: 326
Last Post: 13/05/2017 at 08:20

How long from seed to garden?

Deciding which plants to grow from seed 
Replies: 13    Views: 497
Last Post: 06/05/2017 at 09:00

Medlar novice

Welcome advice on bletting and recipe ideas 
Replies: 11    Views: 618
Last Post: 09/11/2016 at 09:10

Greenhouse and cold frame?

Do I need both? 
Replies: 3    Views: 418
Last Post: 11/10/2016 at 17:53

Hamamelis "Arnold Promise"

Replies: 4    Views: 308
Last Post: 03/09/2016 at 11:49

Another Plant ID please

Name this rose 
Replies: 2    Views: 329
Last Post: 03/09/2016 at 09:19

Plant ID

Replies: 2    Views: 282
Last Post: 03/09/2016 at 15:58


Anyone used myrtle as a low hedge 
Replies: 2    Views: 339
Last Post: 29/08/2016 at 16:56

Rooting hormone and hydrangeas

Two questions 
Replies: 15    Views: 561
Last Post: 29/08/2016 at 14:44

Phlox ID

Replies: 8    Views: 491
Last Post: 28/08/2016 at 10:37
1 to 15 of 30 threads