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Latest posts by Daintiness

outside jasmine

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 14:12

Jean, is that a label attached to your 'jasmine' ? If so, what does it say?Like Lottie I'm not convinced it is jasmine either.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 14:06

Essex - it's tipping it down - empty water butts now full! Had to turn the lighs on to read it's so dark outside - winter is on the way...I might even check the central heating's working  

Talkback: Growing raspberries

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 10:39

Who's Leo? 

aandpsclare, that's how raspberries reproduce - they throw up new shoots from the base and the these shoots can be quite a distance from the main plant. They are usually grown in their own bed and restricted - just cut off the shoots that are out of place or dig up a new plant for a friend. 

What is this plant with purple flowers ?

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 09:47

Yes,  I agree. Often sold as a house plant in M&S but can grow into big bush.  Seems to be hardy in London in a sheltered postion and flowers well. Mine is about 3ft tall, my niece's over 5ft - both flower well in late summer though I always think mine is dead in May as they are such slow starters - they make up for it though at this time of year. 

Brand New Garden - 1 Year on

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 17:52

Lovely choice of tree - crab apples are beautiful. Great that the land will not be built on as you can borrow the view. Your pond will bring in wildlife in no time 

Virburnum opulus

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 16:39

I wouldn't cut back as the plants are just getting established.

When you say your border is big, how big - length/width approx. Is the border in sun/shade which way does it face N/S/E/W? (Sorry about all the questions  but you will get better advice the more detail you can provide) What's your soil like - lots of builders' mess if its a new build! - clay, sandy, stony? Are you coastal, up a mountain and exposed, sheltered and in the SW etc?

Do you have a wooden/wire fence or hedge etc at the back of the border?

What would you like your garden to be like? Any colour scheme in mind? any style - courtyard, cottage, wildlife, formal...

Any plants you like and definitely want or plants you have seen locally that grow well and can't identify (post a photo and someone on here should be able to identify it for you)

Lots to think about - don't be put off; look at lots of other gardens in the area and that should help you see what grows well in your area; it'll also help you see what you do and do not like...look forward to hearing your ideas 

Brand New Garden - 1 Year on

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 15:13

Well done! I bet the neighbours are jealous and all your hard work has paid off. he lawn has obviously enjoyed the wet conditions we had this summer; looks great.

Is the land behind you likely to be built on? If so, I'd think of your future privacy/security - climbers like honeysuckle or jasmine or some hedging -  berberis or pyracantha all good for wildlife along the back fence.

I was going to say a small tree in the farthest corner from the house but I see you have a tree already - what is it?

A small pond would be lovely with a beach (shallow sloped entrance for wildlife to get in and out ) would be something to aim for but even the smallest container can bring lots of wildlife

Do you feed the birds ? A lovely bird pole in the middle of the lawn where predators ( like your sleepy cat) would not be able to lie in wait - it would be a good time to start as the weather starts to cool down and you can sit and watch - brings me and my cat, hours of pleasure.

Tools to tackle an overgrown laurel hedge

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 22:34

I would recommend electric hedge trimmers and maybe some loppers/secatuers. Do a bit at a time but it will always look better than a fence!

Raspberry maggots

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 22:31

This sounds like raspberry beetle. The larvae (maggot like as you describe) of the raspberry beetle fee on the ripening fruit. They then fall to the ground and pupate - spending their winter in the soil at the base of the plants. In spring the beetles emerge and feed on hawthorn or apple flowers until the host plants come into flower They then lay their eggs on the raspberry flowers and then eat the fruit from the inside out.

You can lessen the problem by hoeing around the plants and exposing the pupae for the birds to eat. In order to break the cycle you may have to spray with a suitable spray for use on food crops- too late for this year but next year when the first fruit start to change colour. You would need to spray in the evening when bees are in their hives as some sprays can kill bees.

Virburnum opulus

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 22:08

How big are the plants? Wind shouldn't cause wilting uless the plant is drying out. I would be reluctant to cut back now but rather leave it to spring. It's been very dry where I am so I would keep up with the watering and see if it recovers.

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