Latest posts by daffygardener

Friend or foe?

Posted: 19/06/2017 at 05:41

They are the best thing to see in your garden. This year I've seen very few ladybirds let alone their larvae. So well done you for the balance  and being brave enough not to spray the black fly, it give the larvae something to eat and flourish. 

identification issues

Posted: 19/06/2017 at 05:38

I've no idea unfortunately but it will be easier once the flower heads open. Will be interested to know what it is. 

Barely started and I'm already overwhelmed!

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 14:47

Maybe, but it gives you more options on what to grow. It will generally revert to the underlying soil pH eventually, but that also depends on what you put on it in the mean time. That's good news.

Chelsea 2017

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 11:24

Yes I agree, Malvern is close to me so it's just the entrance fee, and parking isn't a problem, which for Chelsea it certainly is, along with transport costs and hotel fees too. It's definitely become one of the celeb places to be seen. Am glad that Chatsworth is happening this year, there is too much that is SE centric and is darned difficult for those living further way to participate in. If good to think that with Tatton Park, there are now two shows that may be within easier of more the the population of gardeners. 

Barely started and I'm already overwhelmed!

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 08:24

Good article Dove thank you for posting 

Barely started and I'm already overwhelmed!

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 13:46

My understanding of the Sun/shade label is that plants will do best in sun, but will tolerate some shade for example afternoon or morning sun. But not in shade constantly. 

Camillias for example are native of deciduous woodland areas, and that they flower in the spring before the leaf canopy above is at its thickest. They or rather their flower buds and flowers do not like the morning sun on them, so should be planted or placed on the side of the plot that gets the afternoon sun, and will be shaded in the morning. 

Its coldest just before dawn, and any frost is more likely to be apparent and form then, so the frost tender blooms will be most damaged at that end of the day. 

Sorry if this confuses things ripply, your right it's a good idea to test both your native soil and the stuff brought in. 

Gardening isn't really too hard once you know where  the plant you want would like to be planted. For us, if you like holidaying in the sunshine you go somewhere hot, but may like an umbrella to shade under a bit. if you like skiing you go to an alpine place With snow. It's similar with plants, if they like their feet wet - it's a bog, if they like sun, dont plant them in deep shade which gets no sun.

if your soil is going to be seeded, this will need to be kept watered. Little seedlings are fairly fragile and won't grow if they are allowed to dry out. 

Hopefully you will let us know how things are going. But in 12months to 2 years time you will be having flowers and plants flourishing in your garden. 

Cordyline in trouble?

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 10:07

What does the growing tip look like? That is likely to give more clues as to the potential growth of this. Dove is right, drought and dryness likely to be the cause and desiccated by wind. 

Chelsea 2017

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 10:02

Sorry edit timed out! 

Am delighted that Chris Beardshaw got the people's award and will probably mean more to him than the medal he got. Yes I think he was robbed too - again! 

I was delighted to see the detail behind the for example The Hardy Plants Society stand and the stand itself, and that's what I wanted to see more of.  It's a great society that I have no links too, but does great work. 

Definitely not the padded out versions of the segments and the Latin names would be a help too. 

Why not veg? With the displays and the Radio 2 garden Chris Evans was involved in, it's what we need to to be able to do is grow a plate of salad. it would be very difficult to be all things to all people and if there wasn't any changes in design and thought the discussions would be very dull so Vive la difference and like something or loathe it. Horticulture in all forms is a huge industry in this country and needs the coverage, it's just a real shame that the other garden shows are not given more prominence. A paltry Half an hour on Malvern, maybe if we are lucky the same on Chatsworth, Hampton Court the same. Why not have more coverage of the other shows. If there are the same plants people at the different shows it would be interesting to see their processes and journies across the seasons of the show circuit and what different plants they show. 

I enjoy most of it, and make tea when the bits I'm not interested in come on. Don't mind being called a complete philistine for it. 

Chelsea 2017

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 09:29

The coverage is a bit repetitive, but done I guess to cater for the different viewers needs, along with the broad styles of dare I call it artistry in the design of gardens. Gardens mean different things to different people so are different. If it wasn't for progress in architecture, design, tools and materials we would still be living in wooden houses. Something similar has happened in gardens, once just for stately pleasure but also for functional food production. Now something of an art form too, and is all the better for it.

No I don't get conceptual gardens and I didn't really get the maltese quarry, but I can marvel at its form and construction and the execution of this. I was torn between the contemplative space of the cancer garden and Chris Beardshaws garden both beautiful in their own ways and functional as well, with beautiful plants. Am delighted heThe plants - yep that's what most want to see more of. No, I didn't want to see Mary Berrys garden again. I do want to see the palnts people  who grow their plants, put on displays and for the love of it. 

Barely started and I'm already overwhelmed!

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 07:23

Lots of good advice for you Ripply. One thing that came to mind a day or so ago. You wanted to plant your potted camellia in the ground - do you have to correct soil pH for this? Garden centres will sell cheap soil testing kits, do it a couple of places in the garden and you can avoid seeing your lovely plant struggle and suffer if your soil is alkaline, and they like an acid soil. Unless you are going to build a raised bed and fill with peat or ericaceous soil, it will struggle and will needs lots of care. As Rob said above, plant and go if given the correct conditions for them. Put them where they aren't happy and they will need lots of care. Camellias and rhodo's have a relatively small root ball, so will be ok in a large pot if you can't plant it. 

Am delighted to read you have lots of cherry blossom, it will give you some shade to plant a more diverse range of plants, and lovely leaf litter for composting  

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