diggingdoris


Latest posts by diggingdoris

Our own A to Z of our Gardening

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 17:38

Yes I'm a fan of aqualegias, and have some growing that have self sown year after year for the last 40 years. The original seeds given to me by my old Mum in law when we moved here in 1971. When they bloom every year I think of her. ( sadly no longer with us).

How about adding Alchemilla mollis to the list. I love their frothy flowers and the rain or dew on the leaves is magical!

Scrapbook problems

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 16:11

Every time I buy something new I read about it on the Plants section here and save the details to my scrapbook on here, so I can refresh my memory if needs be.I've just added Lily of the Valley to my garden but when I try to save to the scrapbook it just comes up with a picture,that I then have to get rid of it  to come out of the screen. It hasn't saved it. Any ideas anyone? Is there a problem sometimes with this? I've saved loads  of other items without any trouble, so I'm hoping someone can advise me.

Flowers we don't like?

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 19:42

As I qualified as a florist a few years ago, my family are  always buying me flowers, to play with. The only ones I don't like indoors ( though not a flower) are those cabbage stems that they put in mixed bunches sometimes. The stems in water start to stink so quickly, and they are too fat to use with florists foam. There are much nicer foliages to choose from. Yes I love my flowers in the garden as well, but I try to grow some things just for cutting, and doing a pretty arrangement.

Not keen on dahlias indoors, as I always remember earwigs crawling all over the table as a child!

Compost

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 19:27

Oh no! Are we going to have the fiasco with sub-standard composts that we all had last year? Haven't the suppliers learnt their lesson?. I haven't bought mine yet, as I was waiting to hear what my fellow gardeners on here had to say. Last year the sad state of the poor quality was even discussed on the gardening page in 'The Sun'. I tried different ones last year and some were like dirty straw, some smelt vile, and even the one with added peat produced a poor show in my pots. The suppliers all blamed the weather  for the poor results, which no doubt had some effect, but the concensus on here was that it was down to the so called 'compost'. I'll be watching this space!

Plant suggestions to cover an arch

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 10:46

I have an arch at the bottom of my garden where the ground gets very wet in winter. I planted a clematis montana up each side, but lost one after last years snow and floods and now I've looked at the other one I think that may be dea as well. It looks all brown and dry with no leaf buds showing yet, which I thought should be appearing by now. I may just give up with that idea, and grow some runner beans up it in the summer. Such a shame! But I'm also after ideas for what else I could grow that would not mind the wet.

Unhappy Magnolia Grandiflora: frost damage?

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 18:21

It sounds like a fairly new tree, maybe 5 years old. I've got a 22 year old one and I remember that for the first 7-8 years it did not have many flowers on it. It's worth the wait though as my one is about 15ft high and has about 40 flowers on each year. Your one sunds a bit poorly and may need some TLC.

When to prune

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 13:10

Many thanks ! Secateurs at the ready!

When to prune

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 12:29

I keep a gardening calendar, where I add notes for each month's tasks as a yearly planner. I know lots of pruning needs to be done in March and as it's the 1st tomorrow, is it too early to start? I know a frost straight after pruning can damage shrubs, but there is such a long list of stuff to do in March, I just can't wait to get started! And the sun is shining which is spurring me on!

Dalek Style composters How to turn?

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 12:24

I use a garden fork to turn my stuff when it's half full, but as I'm careful to layer green and brown waste it does not need much turning.

I find 3 daleks suits me. One with fresh stuff added each day, one full and 'cooking', and one ready for use. I usually take some out of the top with a spade then remove the bin and put the contents in my ballbarrow, to be moved round the garden where needed. Any twiggy bits go back in at the bottom of the empty bin to rot a bit more.

what to do with paper whites now

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 20:28

Oh I've put mine in the greenhouse to die off and was going to plant them in a tub. I've not had them before, and thought I'd do what I do with other indoor bulbs. I heard on the radio someone saying it's a waste of time putting indoor hyacinths in the garden after flowering. But i've got dozens that bloom beautifully each year, and they all originated as indoor Xmas presents.

Seems a shame to bin the paperwhites though.

Discussions started by diggingdoris

scilla peruviana

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Day Lily bud problem

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Too early for beans?

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perennial red salvia leaf

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Ear fungus

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Aquilegia shapes

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is this clematis cirrhosa?

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Jack's Magic MPC

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Mussel shell uses

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choisya pruning

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Group 3 clematis pruning

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Bay tree discolouration

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Pink Viburnum Tinus

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