Latest posts by chrissieB

Phlox ID

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 14:29


am hoping someone can identify this lovely white phlox for me. It grows to 1m or so and has plentiful flowers which are daintiestr than usual phlox varieties (in my limited experience anyway).

its very robust despite having a lovely airy look, surviving all ten recent heavy rain.

thanks C

Shop bought multipurpose compost

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 09:04

Hello Dove

is the Nottcutts you use peat free or have you tried their peat free compost?

thanks Chrissie

Hiding a bare leylandi hedge

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 08:50

Hello Livbond

if the border is very narrow and clay it's going to be difficult to get anything which will provide the height you need. You could maybe install trellis panels in front of the fence and then grow climbers on them but this could be an expensive optionas you would need to provide supports so basically creating a  second fence.

alternatively could you widen the border and grow a hedge on your side, I know it would take some time to provide the height but would provide a long term, easy care solution. If you do I would go for something you can clip back and contain easier than laurels, maybe something like beech.

My only other thought is that surely your neighbours don't want to look at bare leylandii either? Although it seems odd to have out the fence behind them. Maybe when they realise they won't regrow ( I'm assuming they're dead if they were hidden behind the laurels?) they will remove them.

Good luck in finding a solution

Training a Standard Tree

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 08:41

Hello Claire

we have a very old cherry laurel which is effectively a tree, it's as tall as our cottage. it hasnt the straight neat trunk of a trained standard but it has had its lower branches removed and we have cleared the lower growth so that it has a "clean" trunk. Most of the lower growth suckers from the base so I think that if you keep on top of removing any lower growth you don't want you can easily get a good looking standard.

good luck C

Are they any good?

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 08:36


Due to a dodgy shoulder I'm finding turning the compost in my 'Dalek' bins hard work using an old stick and its clumsy trying to use a garden fork.

An article in the weekend papers recommended a compost aerator but they seem to get mixed reviews when I have looked online. Has anyone here used one and/or can recommend a good make?

thanks C

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

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