Latest posts by chrissieB

Shade container

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 08:43

Heuchera and heucherella will cope with shade and there are lpots of lovely ones with purple/pinky-red and marbled leaves.


Posted: 19/08/2016 at 08:41

We recently bought some goatskin gloves off Amazon. They are the gauntlet style so come midway to elbow and are so soft and comfortable. Much easier to wear than leather ones I have had previously. they are the best I have had for protection and we were tacking monster brambles and yet you still retain a reasonable amount of 'feel' - I hate it when you are constantly aware you're wearing gloves because you can't feel what you're doing.

They were £20 which is more than I would usually spend but am now a huge fan. They also come is several sizes with a useful guide on how to measure your size, which probably helps with the 'feel' factor as I need quite a small size.

Aliens have landed

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 08:30

I have read the same advice as Punkdoc, the second reason given was that it is difficult to accurately distinguish between the invaders and all or our native/naturalised species. Some are quite similar to the Harlequin.

Mulching questions

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 08:34

We just use our own compost and leaf mould and in my old garden I would do a different area each year and prioritise any new plants for a bit too. We've moved so at our new garden I will do the same once the compost heals have got established but prioritise those areas where the soil needs improving the most.

you can sometimes get free horse manure from local stables but make sure that it's well rotted.

Native fruit trees

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 16:55

I know they are not fruit trees but hawthorn, silver birch and goat willow are three of the top hosts for insects and therefore good at attracting birds etc

Help! North or West facing garden?

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 07:43

We had a north/northwest facing garden and still got some sunshine for eating outside But our season was shorter as it wasn't until the sun was high enough to be above the house line - so sunny at the end of the garden from end of March until September. We also got quite a bit of sun in the mornings from the east side of the garden. I learnt then that you need to look at what surrounds the house not just which way the garden faces as trees and other houses and your own will cast shade as well or if quite open you will get sun from the east and/or west sides as well. And as Ladybird says it is like having natural air conditioning on hot summer days.

we also once had a west facing garden and a lot of it was far too sunny for me as there was nothing to shade the house to the south side (we were a corner plot) so we got the sun nearly all day. But we had a lovely spot for sitting out in the evening sun.

i would have a good look at the gardens and see which feels the best as well as considering the aspect. and maybe see if you can visit a couple of times to see what the light is like at different times of day?

its always exciting getting a new garden so good luck in your new home.

weilga multi stemmed

Posted: 16/08/2016 at 08:31

I think wiegelia stems that are already mature might be too brittle to weave. I don't recall seeing one trained as a standard which is effectively what you would get if you weaved the stems?

The plants with plaited/woven stems have been trained like that from the start so that the stems are weaved together as they grow and when they are more pliable.

Garden invasion!

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 15:26

You can sink them into the ground which means they are a lot less obtrusive - you can also then dispense with the nets if you wish as the kids are bouncing from ground level so not going to fall off -just fall over if that makes sense : )

Happy bouncing x

Assessing which compass point we're facing!

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 15:23

Wind also causes the plants to lose more water through evaporation from their leaves. 

Like B3 said I just use the info on labels eg south facing simply as a guide that the plant is a sun lover. All gardens vary not only which way they do face but whether the sun is blocked or filtered by neighbouring buildings, trees etc.  It's all trial and error and I have a,ways found that you need to get to know your garden before you can really get a feel for the sunniest/shadier spots.

If you are on a windy corner, you could use wind tolearnt plants to create more shelter for those which are more tender. The other option would be to use trellis or something like your willow screen to filter the wind. Try and avoid anything solid as this just pushes the wind up and over the barrier making it even more turbulent and harder for the plants to cope.

How to use my kitchen food waste

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 08:09

We had a wormery some years ago and to be honest it never seemed to be as simple as the blurb claims. you have to be careful what your mix of compost is eg not too much citrus etc and I always seems to swing between it being too wet, too dry etc. Eventually I gave in and out all the worms in my normal compost bin.

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