Latest posts by chrissieB

Should it stay or go

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 08:46

Hi Elspeth, why not try google and see if there are any garden designers local to you who offer an advice service. Some will offer a visit and advice on particular design problems for a fixed fee.

Crockham Hill garden goings on

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 08:43

Noticed your comment re peat free compost - it's not the plant that minds whether or peat free it's the gardener.

Some of us, like Monty, do not use peat based composts as we don't agree with natural peat habitats been destroyed to provide us gardeners with a particular type of product. 

Your lavenders won't care a bit so if money is tight don't use it replacing any more compost but I would encourage you to buy peat-free in future : )


Posted: 03/06/2017 at 08:37

Plant in Autumn so usually available from late summer, early Autumn. Some of the online suppliers have 'email me when in stock' notifications so worth signing up for one as a reminder. Even if you don't want to buy from them, you will know they are coming into stock as all the suppliers will start to have them around the same time.


Posted: 03/06/2017 at 08:32

Many cultivated rose varietIes are grafted onto the root system of a more vigorous variety that maybe has less attractive flowers so you get the lovely flowers of the bred rose and the vigour of the other - it's like having the best of both worlds.

If you do a cutting from the stem it will have the same flowers as your yellow flowering rose, but it might not be as strong growing or vigorous. 

If stems grow from below the graft then they will be the root stock rose and will have different flowers than your yellow rose - they tend to grow more quickly and strongly and so can become dominant and 'take over', sometimes the grafted rose will die off or you might just get a mixture of both.

Plant ID please

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 08:24

I think they are martagnon lilies - if so I don't think the bulbs spread particularly, they are expensive to buy so I would guess not. They will grow in partial shade, I remember really wanting some for our old north-west facing garden but they were over £5 a bulb : (

Sparrows and Tree Bees!

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 08:06

We had bumble bees gathering around part of our guttering just at the base of the roof last summer. We also needed renovation to our (new to us) old cottage roof for leaks so in a very similar situation to you. We rang the builders and they were fine with it and worked around the bees. The bees had gone by about the end of July, apparently they were waiting for a new queen bee to emerge. We're rather hoping to see them again this year : )

Having said that we had booked the builder at the end of April and he fitted us in in July but only because we were a smallish job (3 days) that was easy to slot in between larger jobs. Initially we thought it might be a longer wait. We struggled because the cottage is listed and some builders just said no straightaway because of that. So good luck finding someone quickly : )

Replanting self seeding oaks

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 07:44

I agree with Nutcutket about getting them into pots - that will also give you some time to decide what to do with them. Oak trees are huge and 10 of them is a lot to find a home for : )

Beds agenda walls

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 07:32

I don't think you need to worry about foundations many houses have Beds against the housebut you do need to ensure that the soil isn't above the damp proof course.

philadelphus virginal

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 20:48

Yes prune after flowering but you don't NEED to prune it - only if there is a reason too, such as  removing dead or diseased branches or if its outgrowing the space available.

Memorial shrub/ tree ideas

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 18:17

Purple lilac represents love and white lilac youthful innocence. Or you could choose a rose with an appropriate name, many start flowering in June

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