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Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 14:27

I bought a job lot of 75 perennials from T&M last year to fill lots of empty space until I get time to put other things in - virtually all survived (my first time buying plug plants) and the beds are looking very good this year despite the bad weather

I've got some Wild Swan on order from Hayloft which should come next month. I think they come as large plugs. Not cheap - 3 for £18.50, but I've found their plants good previously.

Petrol lawn mower

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 15:08
itsnotmyfault wrote (see)

Bought a Honda.  I heard that the reaason so many Honda cars on the road due to folk beng impressed with their mowers... bah

We bought a Honda about 5 years ago as we were moving to a house with a much bigger garden. A huge mistake - we have had nothing but trouble with the carburettor. Have replaced it, but still won't work properly - seems to be a common problem with them I give up usually and get our old Hayter out (almost 30 years old) - it's not a ;driven' model, but I'd rather use it than the Honda For the rest of the garden that isn't lawn, I use our Westwood ride-on mower. I'd love to use it on the lawn, but there are so many areas it wouldn't reach it isn't worth it.

Concorde pear problem ?

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 13:24

We planted several fruit trees in autumn 2009 (bare root) from a good nursery. All have grown well. In 2011 we had the first fruit - 2 - from the Concorde pear 1/2 standard (we only planted one). These were delicious Last year we had no blossom at all - but it was a bad year so I didn't worry. This year there is only one 'head' of blossom. The tree is approximately 6 feet tall. Is this due to this year's weather/ the tree is still young or is there some other problem ? The other trees (several apples and a plum) all have a reasonable amount of blossom. Thank you

Plant Suggestions please

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 17:31

Thanks for the suggestions - I love Hollyhocks, Lupins and Delphiniums. I really want perennials so that I don't need to have to plant every year. Maybe once the main renovations are finished I might put annuals in, but not at the moment

Plant Suggestions please

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 09:52

We are renovating our front garden. At one side we have a new 3' picket fence that is approx. 60' long. There will be grass running up to it, but at the house end the grass will taper down to nothing as it runs up to the side gate. I would like to plant along the fence. The area gets early morning sun and late afternoon, summer sun. I'd like something attractive that won't get out of hand (like growing through the fence) nor requires too much maintence (we've got a huge garden to maintain). I'd like to plant into the grass rather than have a formal 'bed'. Preferably something that won't grow any higher than the fence. The other side of the fence is next door's driveway which I can access. We live in rural Norfolk. Thanks

Buying plants on line

Posted: 27/11/2012 at 18:36

It's not always so good from garden centres We wanted to look at shrubs in the summer (not really to buy, just getting ideas), so we drove about 30 miles to a GC that had been recomended to us (nearest largish garden centre to us). When we got there, they had quite a small selection of plants and the quality of them was terrible They looked as though they hadn't been watered for a week or more. They were terrible specimens. We spent about 10 minutes there and drove home. One reason why I have liked buying online, I have (so far) only received plants in good condition and have been able to buy what I want without driving a considerable distance

Buying plants on line

Posted: 27/11/2012 at 10:38

We've been renovating an old house for the last 4 years or so and trying to get the garden (an acre and a quarter) sorted at the the same time - with a limited budget. Buying offers - for plants online, - free plus P&P, has been brilliant and has helped fill new, empty beds etc. When I have more time and money, I can be more selective and gradually replace the 'cheap' plants I decide I don't want any more It's been quite a challenge for me - a relatively inexperienced gardener - to cope with loads of small plug plants, but it's also been quite satisfying and also made me buy plants I'd never have considered before

Planting Onion Sets

Posted: 27/11/2012 at 10:26

We've often planted winter onion sets in wet ground and not had a problem with rot - our soil is fairly decent and light though.

Pepino Melon help

Posted: 27/11/2012 at 10:22

Has anyone grown these ?? I have three plants - they have matured very slowly which I was prepared for and are only now starting to ripen. I brought the plants into my garden room around two months ago when the greenhouse started to get cold. The three plants have produced very different fruit - one plant has almost white fruit, like flatened spheres. Another has green rugby shaped fruit and the third has green spherical fruit. The white fruit have ripened before the others and my husband and I tried the first fruit last week - it was horrid, like eating soap !! The fruit had yellowed, was soft when squeezed and when we cut it open, the flesh was similar to a melon - so appeared to be ripe, but it was vile tasting ! We are waiting for more to ripen and hope that they will taste differently. I won't grow them again as the plants are very straggly and take up a huge amount of space and time to mature. Any experiences anyone ??

Has anyone grown...

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 10:49

I grew 5 plants in the greenhouse for the first time this year. I had LOADS of fruit - too many and the plants are very straggly and took up a huge amount of space I did try making jam with them, but it wasn't very successful. Eating them raw is delicious tho' and also, as said previously adding them to crumbles etc. I'm going to try freezing what is left. Can't wait to get the plants out of the greenhouse as they have made a big mess

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