Latest posts by chrissieB

Crop rotation

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 12:44

Can't comment re the rotation but if you let your bolted radishes go to seed you can eat the green seed pods - we like them more than the actual radishes : )

Tree ID please

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 12:14

Ooh didn't think of greengage, will look that up

thanks Bob

Tree ID please

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 11:40


Can anyone id this young tree in our garden please.

The previous owner was mad on fruit trees so I wondered if it could be a pear? It hasn't had any blossom this year and is about 8ft tall but very lanky as its in a dark corner hemmed in by laurels - its not in a very accessible place so apologies for the picture of the main stem being so dark - its quite a pale silvery/green grey.

Thank you

Shop bought multipurpose compost

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 08:28

It's just occurred to me that although I too have been disappointed by bought compost, I've never complained yet I would about anything else not fit for purpose. Has anyone else, as unless they have feedback they may assume it's acceptable?

Hiwever this year, I did buy some own brand from  Homebase (soil based for mature shrubs) and iit was fine. 

Is it worth the risk?

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 14:21

Thanks for the practical advice Obelixx, will cut the stems now. I don't why I hadn't thought of doing it in stages before.

It is a double edged sword been near to David Austin, Iamweedy. Last time we went JUST for a look we came back with two roses. So will do my homework first, it is great thought been able to see and smell the roses as the colours can look so different in photos and scent is such a subjective thing. I also like been able to see how the flowers age as well.

Dove - having looked at your link, I think I am in love...

thanks everyone

Is it worth the risk?

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 09:27

Thanks Iamweedy. It she rose I want to remove but the honeysuckle is completely entwined so there is bound to be some collateral damage. The rose has been in place for years going by the size of the main branches so the honeysuckle seems to have used that as much as the tree for its supports.

We are quite near David Austin roses so may well visit and see what catches our eye

Is it worth the risk?

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 09:18

They look beautiful, will look them up.


New Overgrown Garden

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 09:09

At the risk of being contentious, if you want an easy care garden and aren't planning lots of new planting areas then you could keep the ground elder as your ground cover plant.

Its a devil to get rid of and will involve a lot of work  and patience. it may also be coming through from neighbouring gardens and if so may always be a problem for you. 

On the plus side it's green, stops any other weeds growing, won't bother the shrubs too much and has pretty flowers. It also edible so you could claim it as your very own foraging patch : )

Is it worth the risk?

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 09:03


Some advice please. We have an old apple tree with a rambling rose and honeysuckle growing through it. The rose isn't terribly interesting (no scent, insignificant flowers) and is VERY vigorous. I would like to replace it but the honeysuckle, which we want to keep,  is completely entwined with the rose.

How ruthless can I be cutting back the honeysuckle? I will try to keep as much if it as I can but suspect it may get damaged in the process. Plus it will need to find its own way up the tree if I remove the rambler So may be best to cut it back anyway?

Would also appreciate advice on timing - its probably a lonicera periclymenum  as it is developing lovely bright red berries so would want to allow the birds to enjoy these first. Should we do this in late autumn, winter or wait till spring ?

Final question - any recommendations on a replacement rose to climb through my apple tree. He's only about 20ft tall and we would like the new rose to be scented (essential) preferably an open flower so good for pollinators and if we can be greedy hips too would be great. Doesn't have to be a repeat flowerer. There are so many gorgeous roses your suggestions might help us narrow down our choice :)

thank you 

To erradicate - flatworms so far, so good.

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 08:28

Have just looked at the Map, very interesting that there are so many more in Scotland than the rest if the UK as we always think of imported pests as moving upwards from the South.

link below and there are also other surveys on the Opal site that the public can get involved with besides the gruesome flatworms

thanks Dinah

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