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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i have two very old Readers Digest books which although quite out of date, are useful "dip into" books.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.

Sticky Traps

Posted: 02/07/2017 at 08:17

You do need to ensure not to use neem spray when other beneficial insects are around as Although it does not effect them in the same way it works on others they can suffocate if sprayed with the stuff.


I don't use anything in the greenhouse but haven't had the temptation to yet as it's my first season But not keen on them as they are so indiscriminate.

Cobnut mystery

Posted: 02/07/2017 at 08:08

I expect it can't cope with been in a pot especially one as small as 14inches. They grow naturally into quite large trees trees and even though traditionally kept small at 5-6feet this was with annual pruning and to help harvesting so this gives you a sense of their vigour and size.


i would get it into the ground or a much bigger pot and give it a good feed. You will need another cobnut (of your own or in a nearby garden) to get any nuts as they dont self-pollinate.


they do make quite attractive specimen trees in the garden. Link below to a site which might be useful


http://kentishcobnutsassociation.org.uk/


Chrissie


PS if you do start to get any fruit just be warned that you may never actually get some yourself. We have established hazels in our (new to us) garden and the squirrels ate the lot last year long before they were ripe enough for us : )

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searching for a name

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 08:25

Oh forgot to say you might also want to try 'mum', grandma etc and even surnames as you may find something you like more or that feels more appropriate than plants with the persons first name - we did a list for our sister in law and I know some plants weren't going to be suitable for her garden using just first names.

searching for a name

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 08:22

 https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/Search-Results?form-mode=true&query=Winnifred


Couple come up on the RHS plantfinder for Winnifred see link above , might be worth you also searching on Winnie. I have done Alan before for my sister, I think we found a couple.

Cuttings

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 08:15

It probably is worth trying both soft and semi- hardwood. I've got some rosemary rooting in water from semi-hardwood cuttings.

tatty stachys byzantina - lambs ears

Posted: 30/06/2017 at 08:41

Sorry but I don't think there is a solution. I had them in a previous garden and never found a magic timing or method of making them look ok.

Best Free Garden Design App

Posted: 28/06/2017 at 21:40

Hi Chloe,  Many professional garden designers use sketch up either the free version or the pro for presenting 3D design images. Anither mainstream professional CAD package in the UK is Vectorworks which is similarly architecturalply focused as well as having specific landscaping add ons.  Either package can be used for small or large landscaping schemes. And as already said the free version of sketch up has less functionality and therefore less landscaping specific elements than the paid for pro version.

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