Country Boy

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Bare root wallflowers

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 16:53

Last year I was let down by one supplier who sent me some plants which should never have pased quality control for dispatch to customers.

So this year I asked my local garden centre (Diamond)  if I could order some bare root wallflowers  in advance. They said no. I said I wanted 140. So they changed their minds. I am now expecting an email this month telling me that they're available for collectio.

We shall see.

Poor fruit tree crop

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 10:14

I'm in Flintshire on havy clay soil.

My apples are looking good, my green gage just about OK and a medlar very good. 

But my Victoria plum has had very few fruits; we had the wettest winter for 10 years, no particular events but well above average rain for every month from November to April. I'm told that Victoria's don't like it too wet.

I had no fruit at all on two pear trees despite a reasonable show of flowers. My quince also flowered fairly well, but I only have one fruit.

At Tatton, I asked the the lady from the RHS about it and she thought it was down to lack of feeding. 

So that's what I will do next March

Hardy Chrysanthemums

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 11:06
When I said overwintering, I meant to say left outside in the ground

Hardy Chrysanthemums

Posted: 16/10/2015 at 19:41
The October issue of The Garden lists many varieties of Hardy Chrysanthemums, yet when I looked one up that took my fancy (Bronze Elegance) on Gardeners World web site it was described as half hardy. What varieties have members overwinted over the last few years - not just last year which was unusually mild.

Orange alstromeria

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 13:56
I have a 5 foot orange A. Flaming Star. It's so bright it hurts your eyes ! I love it as does everyone who sees it. It does spread but I wouldn't call it a thug. Just restrict it when you're weeding in Spring.

Which Ligularia?

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 15:21
The deep purple leaves of Ligularia Britt Marie Crawford provide a good season long contrast with other ligularias.

Purple loosestrife

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 14:29

I have had one for some years - growing in a wild flower meadow, in rough grass, on heavy clay soil. It has clumped up a bit, but in that situation I have not noticed any seedlings.


fruit trees

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 15:03

You put greasebands around the trunks in autumn to stop certain wingless moths climbing into the trees to lay their eggs. In spring these eggs turn into caterpillars which eat the leaves. On occasion they have stripped the leaves of my cherry tree almost completely - but grease bands do prevent this happening. You can buy them from most garden centres in the autumn.

THere's more information here


Talkback: Caring for naturalised bulbs

Posted: 26/02/2012 at 12:36
What and when should I feed bulbs naturalising in rough grass ?
I have daffodils, crocus, camassia, fritillaries, spanish bluebells and scilla.
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