Latest posts by chrissieB

Blueberry Bush

Posted: 05/06/2017 at 08:15

No advice, I'm afraid but I have two the same problem - roots still seem strong but no new growth yet. 


Posted: 04/06/2017 at 13:18

It's a very pretty flower too and gives you colour all summer as well as a steady musical hum from the bees : )

Creeping Thyme Lawn

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 13:16

Oh dear, think my seeds were just too old - was a packet I had had lying around for some time. Will have another go and hope for the same success as you : )


Posted: 04/06/2017 at 13:07

Hi, I did it at Pershore college. The assessments were mainly practical so for example you would be shown how to prepare a seed tray correctly and plant seeds and then we would all have one or two or our own to do and they would be assessed. Ditto with taking and preparing cuttings etc, pruning and so on. All very relaxed and informal but not in a way that you felt the assessments weren't of value.

The only written bits, I remember, were the plant ID tests. We would have a list to learn for the following week and a sample of each plant would be laid out in a room with. A number and we had to go round and arise down what plant each one was. 

It was a very enjoyable and worthwhile course. learnt a lot, even the stuff you think you know how to do as the tutors had years of practical working experience as well as teaching and of course you get to spend the day with feels gardening enthusiasts so lots of knowledge and tips shared.

Last edited: 04 June 2017 13:10:27

advice needed on bay trees and butterfly bush

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 09:03

I would give the bay some time to recover. Evergreens can take a while to show any benefit from new compost etc especially the older leaves. A key sign it is recovering will be if it starts to create new fresh growth and it may take a while. The leaves may be naturally pointing downwards as a result of where it has been growing rather than a sign they are drooping, just make sure you are regularly watering it and maybe try the seaweed Dove suggested.

New Lawn - Watering

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 08:56

Don't let it run if its at all breezy as you will lose most of the water through evaporation - sprinklers are quite ineffective given the amount if water they use and any wind just increases the amount of water lost.

Is my new grass looking ok...

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 08:53

Grass is often patchy when germinating as Overgrowth says there is usually a mix of varieties and they will vary how soon and quickly they grow. We did a new patch recently and it looked quite sparse for a while.

it may be worth trying to carefully remove some of the loose, larger stones on the surface as they may cause problems when you come to mow it - either getting thrown up by the mower or damaging it.

Creeping Thyme Lawn

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 08:50

I haven't tried a thyme lawn but have planted creeping thyme alongside paths etc and it is lovely when you catch the scent.  We pinched out the tops when we transplanted it to help it bush out but can't say whether it made any difference. Ours was just a bought plant divided, I haven't had any success yet with some seeds shown earlier this year, but have been told it can be slow to germinate? It was also quite old seed...

Pond Treatment use by nick bailey

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 08:44

Yes, I wondered that too Pete8 Also would presumably mean that you can't see any wildlife or plant under the water and for me watching the newts and tadpoles is most of the fun.  If algae are a problem than the balance in the pond isn't right and you maybe need more oxygenators, you can also get organic treatments for algae and duckweed which don't colour the water - we have used those from ecopond with some success.

Campanula - What type is it?

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 07:56

I've battled with this as well in a previous garden. Very pretty though. Am not sure there is a secret but I did learn to be ruthless when I did any mid summer cut backs - in fact no careful cutting was involved I used to yank/pull all the long stems and spent flowers away with no finesse or care so basically there was hardly any plant left and it still survived and would give a second flush of flowers. It did stop it swamping other things quite so much though - the first few years I was too careful as I was worried about losing it and it would just get too out of hand. I seem to remember I pulled any unwelcome bits out as soon as they encroached where they weren't wanted and did one/two big clear-outs when the flowers went over.

i think I had what you might call a lI've-hate relationship with it but it did give colour throughout the season. I have never bought it for a later garden though : )

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