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Gardener's sayings.

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 08:09

The smaller the plant the smaller the shock.  A pearl of wisdom from a smallholder about his plant transplanting ethos - not lighthearded, but he made me smile

Absolutely gutted - feel cheated

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 08:06

It might knock them back a bit, but kill or cure. Do you really have an another option?  ask the GC to take into consideration the cost of your plants if they don't survive the repotting.  It's not wasy to go back to a GC and ask for a refund and probably not many of us do it.  But what you were sold was not fit for purpose.  I suspect they were trying to sell the stock hoping it hadn't been damaged in the flood.  Rain water soaking compost bags is one thing flood water another.  Goodluck

The jungle in my garden needs to go.

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 23:26

Hi FatTony, it's very good advice above.  It's tough coping with your own stuff and helping your mum when you can & as you say you have more important things to cope with.  It may well be less time consuming if you try to keep up to date, doing a little and more often.  If you mum lives locally it's easier than if she lives further away, but tough nonetheless.  OK so I know this is a gardening site but - weedkiller the lot, polythene/weed proof membrane will help as above and then could you use (said very quietly) artificial turf?  It will remain green and will be nicer to look at for your mum & you could then plant up a pot with something colourful for your mum to look at.  Does Help the aged or other local charities have any ideas to help you? A local college that does horticultural courses, may have a student that would like to have a project,   The loppers and gloves are great, but don't forget to cover yourself too, decent footwear, long trousers and long sleeved shirt. (sorry if that sounds patronising its not meant to be)  I tend to think of brambles as natures barbed wire, so beware - with growth that long especially I always wear glasses when I'm gardening and a hat with a brim.  Tetanus jab? You may well have rats moving through there, so gloves are essential to protect youself from weils disease, but you may also have hedgehogs there too. Do you have any friends of family to help your mum?  Good luck.  Would like to know how you get on. 

Please help me identify this really invasive plant!! And how the spread

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 22:59

If you've got this growing through a nice plant, cover the plant with something waterproof, leaving the weed exposed and then use the glyphosate.  If the weed is small, my trick is to put the weed through the neck of an old lemonade bottle (bottom removed) so that it's in what resembles a funnel.  Apply the weedkiller and leave until the leaves are dry.  Hopefully it should then fade until the next time you need to get the chemicals out.

Absolutely gutted - feel cheated

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 22:48

Go back to the garden centre.  You may have an idea if the flood water was contaminated with something, which may have affected its quality.  All of its nutrients may well have been leached out in the process.  Ask for a replacement, politely but be insistent.    Replant with fresh compost and give them some TLC.  You may wish to soak the capillary matting in a solution containing something like Jeyes fluid (can'te remember if you can still use it).  That may get rid of the white mould as well.

bee flies

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 17:12

They are quite lovely to see about, but didn't know they predate the solitary bees , I see a couple from time to time in my garden and they themselves are responsible for my purchase of a book on insects & one of the best books I've bought.  They do remind me of the golden Snitch from Harry Potter, hovering and then darting about.


Posted: 12/05/2013 at 14:48

Pink champayne and champayne are both lovely sweet and light coloured.  I've not forced them as they are fine grown normally.  I think having seen a prog on the rhubarb triangle(a while ago now) - they force the plant one year and then put it outside for the next year or two, not forcing it in successive years. That way with a 3 year cycle you need several plants to allow the forced one to recover and have several not forced for a longer cropping season.  Isn't there an old variety called Victoria or that may be my imagination.  Thinking about Rhubarb and custard - I think I'll go and pick some.

Communal garden - council keeps destroying our plants

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 14:40

Who actually does the 'mowing' and 'weed killer spreading'? - if its the local authority, they may able to be contacted via the relevant dept in the council, but this wouldn't be the housing dept.  They may be able to tell you who maintains the council property verges etc.  It may well be a contractor - largely not gardeners and just know how to use use mower.  A contractor can be contacted directly and may well be ameniable to doing slightly less.  Expecially if you know they are due to attend and a noitce is there expalaining you are trying to make the area more pleasant. 

The local parish or town councillor may be able to help and liaise on your behalf.    I know how you feel.  A local greening group put crocus, cowslips and other small plants around a seat and that lot got mowed and weed killered to 'tidy' it up - they could see they were not weeds.  Shabby and stupid   Good luck


Visiting Malvern Spring Show

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 10:11

I loved Malvern this year - its a lovely show with plenty to see, and the wallet got hit a bit too.  The show gardens were largely beautiful, several spectacular but those and some others were not shown to their best advantage including the schools gardens on the GW programe which was a huge disappointment. Some of the school gardens merited mention - they are our gardening future, with Chris Beardshaw presenting an award to one school. Sadly not even a glance - sorry BBC you've really shot yourself in the foot there. I didn't realise the presenters chose not to go to see them.  Are their boots too small now? The standard of plants as usual lovely despite the winds and weather around in the week before when setting up.  I live fairly locally so it's a joy to be able to go - must now go and plant

Beared iris Border

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 09:53

How about some creeping thymes or oregano, they are low growing, flower, good for bees and will give you a matt of colour and green or some in variegated forms of oregano.  The gladioli are found in some beautiful shades including a lovely green flower to compliment the iris you already.

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