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Latest posts by Dinah

Perennial sweet peas

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 01:24

I keep mine in a really big pot. It contains them nicely. Some years they do well, others they don't. They look great when they are in flower and their leaves and stems have character. I've got one that claims to be a native 'woodland species' Sweet pea, but I am not sure native to what country. Sure, they are probably all native to somewhere, but if anyone knows I'd like to know. It hasn't flowered yet but will this year hopefully.

Poppy disease

Posted: 09/06/2015 at 02:07

Sorry for ambiguity nutcutlet, I meant that I/we/anybody can grow the seeds from a commercial supplier, but I can keep the plants themselves going because of the relative isolation of where I live. My question is about whether this is a good thing to do at all with a disease that mutates easily.

Sorry too Ceres, the article was in "Garden News" issue May 16th on page 4 if you can find a backdated copy. It was entitled "New disease blights poppies" with a sub title "Oriental poppy population at risk". I thought there was an online version of Garden News Magazine, but I can't find one, but I hope this reference helps.

Poppy disease

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 20:17

I was reading on the internet about a new strain of rot that is affecting some of the fancy hybrid oriental poppies. Articles mention growing these poppies in order that the hybrids should not be lost. I am puzzled though, if this disease is notorious for mutating (as the article said) shouldn't we be avoiding growing susceptible hybrids in case other oriental poppies (or worse, all types of poppy) become affected?

I live in a fairly remote area, so should be able to keep the hybrids growing from seed without them being affected, but I am wondering if I am doing the right thing in planting the seeds at all if this is a virulent mutation. Anybody any thoughts?


Block paving - How do I weed it?

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 17:32

Wow, lots more stuff to try! I'll have a go with the kettle, but I think it will take a long time. I'd like to use something safe for the environment if I can. I found a company who did the "flame gun" so that is my first stop. I scrubbed some of the weed with - of all things - a lawn rake. It didn't do anything enduring, but I got a pathway cleared for the time being. Thanks everyone. I'll try everything until I find a relatively lasting solution.

Block paving - How do I weed it?

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 16:40

That's lots of useful advise. I will battle on whatever with the weed killer, and I'll try the dissolving it in a bucket and agitating it in method (it is always too windy up here on the mountain for spray) and I will wait until they spring up in full growth to do it.

First, I will try hiring the "Flame Gun" with the multi-heads though, since I love the smell of toasting weeds and the broad sweep sounds magical! Many thanks for supplying the name Bob, I'm surprised I never thought of it.

Block paving - How do I weed it?

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 02:19

The Problem: I rent a lovely house with a lovely garden and a fantastic view. I tend the garden, and love every minute of it, but the block paved yard and driveway tortures me to distraction  

Things That Don't Work: Pressure washing it just seems to blast the sand out, so that more debris gets washed down under the blocks, and with it more seed. The roots never, ever come up easily from between the blocks. Removing moss and small weeds with a manual scraper, or wire brush, supposedly designed for the purpose, takes about 5 weeks, and the weeds are coming back at the other end by the time I've finished, so it's back breaking and heartbreaking both at once. Weedkiller dosn't seem to work very well, perhaps it is all going between the bricks but not spreading out in the roots underneath, and the one that goes in through the leaves and then down into the root only works on the seeds that have sprouted enough to take it in, while the others come shooting up within weeks of the gap becoming vacant, so ends up very, very expensive. Special coatings are way above my budget if they will have to be done every few years. Lightweight "weed-wand" burners are just too small and light for our huge expance of block paving.

A Possible Solution?  I've heard rumour of people hiring big, push along, tarmac burners to scorch the weeds between the bricks to death. I assume they must mean the smaller ones that are normally used for re-surfacing pavements and park pathways, rather than the huge ones you see driving along the road. Problem is I don't know where to hire one, and can't find any on an internet search. This is largely because I don't know the proper name of these elusive devises - Please, dose anyone know 1) what they are called, 2) if they work, and 3) are they incredibly expensive to hire??? Any information would be welcome.

Is this idea safe?

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 21:45

Great! That's two feet square more space - they can go back into the stratifying spot on the porch doorstep, thanks fidgetbones!

Is this idea safe?

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 20:10

Yes the lack of light and the to early start are issues, but I don't think I can do much about them. My hellebore seedlings sprouted early while stratifying, I have some of the Acer (palmate and dissectum) have started up after a two year wait and I don't want to loose them, there also seems to be a wee Magnolia Soulangiana, which I'd given up on but left in the pot for luck. There are perennial snapdragon seedlings that started up in the parent's pot, they are of my own cross, so I want those to do well, but they have come up to early. My little Paulonnia first year saplings have also come into bud to early because they were fooled by the mild weather, and I'm thinking they could do with extra warmth. I had plans to start early Easter lilies, but just don't have the space. There are lot's more - it's ridiculous, everything has started up for the spring out in the garden, and now the snow and freeze is here. I'm really stuck for places outside and in. I want to use the propagators for sowing seed, and they are full, so the big dome would be very useful right now! We've a very uppity climate here because we are coastal, and close to the gulf stream, but we are also on a north facing slope, with full exposure from sudden attacks of Arctic weather, and that means high winds and driving the snow - still, at least it's not the Vikings!

Is this idea safe?

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 04:52

Sounds good advise. If I put a residual circuit device in, yes, thank goodness I have a spare one, and put something absorbent under the floor of the thing to soak up any drips, I open all the vents, don't over water, and how about I put my extra seedling trays in plastic bags to minimise the condensation...? And do it in the morning so I can keep an eye on it all day... At least I might get a bit of extra heat in there while I'm snowed in. Thanks folks, I'll report in soon if all goes well!

Is this idea safe?

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 19:10

I have a big indoor plastic dome on a frame, about 6 feet long and 2 feet wide and the same hight at it's apex. It's floor is comprised of a wire frame, about two inches from the table it stands on. It is unheated. I am thinking of putting my three electric propagators inside it, opening the vents, and using the rest of the space to put other seed trays. Am I risking electrocution or fire, or are these apparently, well sealed connections on the outside of my propagators as good as they look? Anybody know about propagator safety??

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Poppy disease

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