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Posted: 15/08/2013 at 19:23

My toms are gradually going red (or orange, as the new trialed variety are), but I have had a few split.  I'll take on board the comments about over watering, makes sense. I am grateful to have any tomatoes.  This year has been mad, my favourite crunchy mini cucumber (Picolino) is behaving very strangely; when it starts to form a fruit it grows into the shape of a tiny butternut squash and as it matures it fills out to become a perfect 3-4" cue. Crisp and lovely as ever.  They didn't do that last year or before, maybe this crazy weather keeps putting the brakes on the growth? It looks like a half inflated long balloon!


What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 16:17

This crazy weather has made everything peak at different times!  The 5yr old clump of Astrantia (hadspen blood) was my best show a while ago as it flowered at the same time as an enormous yellow Kerria - this is it's second show this year.  Now at this moment the best plant is the Hydranga - a bit upset as it was sold to me as a blue flowered variety and has turned out to be a sickly salmon pink! Still, yesterday and last night torrential rain has turned it a beautiful rose pink so it is forgiven.  Anyone know when I should prune this Kerria? I was going to do it after it flowered but now it has flowered again!

Hedge Ideas

Posted: 25/08/2012 at 15:07

Hi Daisy Cottage  - after having tried all sorts for my front garden on a corner I chose Laurel.  Too impatient for bare root so bought pot grown from a reputable local nursery.  Had a few problems with an ant nest but now that is sorted it has come on beautifully.  Grown about a foot in this wet summer and is easy to maintain.  I will keep it at about 4-5 feet and it is like 'deadheading' to prune - just take out wayward stems.  Beautiful green colour, nice shaped leaves and very shiny (look like they have been varnished!). I love it. 


Laurel Hedge

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 17:40

Hi Alina W,  thanks for the advice, I'll try to have a gentle poke around and keep an eye on it.  Maybe it is just natural leaf fall, I'm just paranoid, the only other thing that has grown out there is pyracanthea, nice but vicious.

Laurel Hedge

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 17:09

I planted a new Laurel (english) Headge last autumn.  It sailed through the winter & snow.  Had a few catterpillars to pick off early spring & then it has taken off!  Lots of new shoots & leaves putting on growth outwards & upwards.  But everytime I leave the house I find yellow leaves on the ground and 1 or 2 lower leaves have turned yellow on each plant & they just fall off when you touch them.  No sign of insect damage, they just look as if something has sucked the life out of them.  HELP!!  I lurve this hedge, it's so green & shiny it just makes me want to smile whenever I leave or enter the front gate!  Only thing untoward is a lot of ants all over the place (tried usual methods) but can't find a nest anywhere.  Other thing is a very large tree on street outside and I found small roots from that when I dug out to plant hedge. Anyone have any ideas?  Tried to attach photo but it said it was too big!?  Don't know how to make it smaller.

Why won't my wisteria flower

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 15:08

Grafted plants are supposed to be the best and in flower when you buy but when I got mine I would have needed a second mortgage to buy what I wanted so went for a small potted 'whip'.  I had a new garden at the time so there was nothing in it so all plants purchsed where small.  That wisteria took over ten years to produce any flowers at all!  Sadly, at that time I didn't have any pruning information so just stopped it looking sad & weeping willow like!  Once it started flowering it was lovely but not the blue I expected, more of a lilac color.   I have now moved house and didn't have the heart to did it up as it had spent so much time 'settling'.  I am now trying again with some bare root plants and so far they are still like dead twigs! 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 17:09

Thanks marshmello!  I thought we were supposed to get the best of the weather in the 'soft' South! 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 12:07

I am in N.London/Essex border - it has rained everyday (it feels like years!) for the last few weeks. Rain, hail, dark, overcast & windy.  The barometer dropped to the lowest point on the dial the other night & I think I might be suffering from RUST!  We have a hosepipe ban at the moment but don't care as I've also filled a plastic dustbin as well as my waterbutt and that is just from a shed roof! 

is it safe to put seedlings into window boxes yet?

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 11:57

I'm in the same boat, Grai.  Last year I left everything too late and this year I think I started too early so I have plants that have been potted on with a view to going outside but we are still getting night frosts and have had 10/11 days of non-stop heavy rain.  I thought the needle had fallen off my barometer the other night as it went so low it was off the scale!  I'm in North London/Essex and I'm too afraid to put my little darlings outside!  I might try a few and see how they get on, I have sown far too many so I can afford to lose a few.  Wish me luck! 

What fruit veg could i plant in a shady garden(peas, strawberries)?

Posted: 23/02/2012 at 19:59

My garden faces north-east so I only get some sun at an angle for part of the day (lots of building around me!). So far last year my biggest triumph was cherry tomatoes and the really tiny 100's & 1000's both grown in pots.  Picked the last of them in October! Plum tomatoes were a failure (2- sad) but I think they need a baking.  This year I'm going to try some fruit, rhubarb, strawberries, blackcurrents & redcurrents.  I have already planted onion sets and garlic cloves so fingers crossed. 

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