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pruning lavender

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 07:17

I've done this a couple of times and I have really cut in to the old wood (I didn't like doing it but it was a case of make or break).  Both times the lavender recovered with no problems

What is this....

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 14:07

I'd agree alliums, I have them in my garden.

Bee spotting

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 07:01

The sun was out all day here yesterday (Cambridge).  Bee's everywhere


Posted: 04/04/2013 at 18:34

This year instead of using the same old, same old I bought a small bag of miracle grow seed and potting compost and I have to say it was brilliant, my seedlings are very strong and have really good roots on them.

One draw back is that the compost is very dark and it's not always obvious if they need watering or not.

The seedlings haven't bolted either it's as if all their energy has gone in to growing a good root system - I'll be buying another bag next year!


Bee spotting

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 18:28

No not yet, and usually at this time of year my pulmonaria's are smothered with the smallest cutest bees ever (well they are to me!), but so far the flowers are going to waste


On that note I have a question which I don't know if anyone can help with - I have a 'bee hotel' fixed on a fence which the leaf cutter bees use every year, however I need to move it as it is no longer sheltered - Does anyone have any idea when it would be a good time to do this?  I never see the bees emerge, only notice when the leaf cutter bee is stuffing the holes with leaves!

Buying Plug Plants

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 07:37

I've just received the 72 perenials for £18.oo from Thompson and Morgan.  You were supposed to get 6 plants from named varieties, but when they arrived there were 3 varieties missing and 12 plants had been sent of another plant instead.  I phoned Thompson and Morgan who are going to send me the missing varieties, so I'm going to receive another 18 plants.

The plants received were very healthy and well packaged, mindyou potting on 72 plants was a bit of a nightmare, had to do them in the kitchen due to this weather!

But 100 plug plants of very healthy perenials for £18.00 - bargain!

Fairy Ring

Posted: 07/10/2012 at 06:42

Gary I have fairy rings in my garden, and a fungus grew like a white plastic across the surface depriving the grass of water and subsequently killing it.  It got so bad that we contacted a grass maintenance company who came in and aerated the lawn and applied a fungicide and a wetting agent.  This has helped but the company told us that this will only push it back and not kill it.  I am keeping these areas aerated and wet but the toadstools do still keep coming.  You can not buy the fungicide they use it's only for industrial use

Apparently the only way to get rid is to literally dig it up, I read somewhere 2 feet deep and 2 foot either side of the ring and dispose of the soil but when they are as large as the ones in my garden this is not realistically possible.

My lawn is a lot better at the moment (called the company in March) but I'm going to have to keep a close eye on it.



Posted: 05/09/2012 at 19:39

I don't know it's name I'm afraid but I pull these out as a weed.

Rose Cuttings Question

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 17:54

I only took the cuttings about 6 weeks ago which is why I was stunned to see the new leaves growing so quickly!  I just wanted to check that if the new leaves die back over winter that all is not lost.  I have no idea what to expect not having any experience with roses - I thought they would stay as "sticks" and then next year start to grow new leaves not after 6 weeks!

Rose Cuttings Question

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 12:44


I took some rose cuttings whilst pruning my rambling rose after it flowered, following the instructions given from the Garderners World Website.  The leaves I left at the top of the stems all died, however 2 of the cuttings have lots of new leaves growing on them (which I took to be a good sign!)

When the weather changes I was going to move the cuttings in to my cold frame - my question is will I lose the leaves on the current cuttings over winter and should I not panic if I do!  I have never taken rose cuttings before so do not know what to expect!

Any advice gratefully received.


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