Latest posts by discodave

Rented property - new to gardening

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 06:25

Definately a bay tree you have, shame you dont like it as it looks nice & healthy (maybe a bit overgrown). The Yukkas look well established and great as architectural plants. Looks like a rose and some bamboo. Personally, I would stick to a eastern theme with some Lilies in pots, maybe a peony, hostas, you could add some patio roses in pots, some artemesia for varigated colour, lavender and some fuschia.

The butler sink in your picture is great for planting up as a herb garden

Mistletoe in peach tree

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 05:11

Hi Mike-C, as Mistletoe is a parasite plant it is quite likely that you may kill both the peach and the mistletoe by cutting back the peach that hard. There needs to be a healthy plant on which the parasitic plant grows and if you take too much of it out you are in danger of upseting the balance. 


Posted: 25/02/2013 at 04:54

Even if you can get them to have a look at it and agree that if it is indeed dead and not saveable, then see if they will agree to re-lay it. They may tell you its fine and dormant and to wait a while but at least if they agree with you by email or something that you have in writing that they will repair then all is not lost. 

Who's idea was it to lay at that time of year (did they advise against it?)

Lupin Seeds

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 12:20

Thanks hollie hock I will give them another huge push this year..

Lupin Seeds

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 11:14

Beautifull photo hollie hock, I adore Lupins, I had one in a pot last year and it was huge. but towards the end of the year the slugs & snails got the better of me. I'm hoping that it comes up again this year. (fingers crossed)

Ideas for new rented property

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 11:02

I agree with Busy-Lizzie, check with the landlord first. I am not sure I would get rid of the bush as it looks well established and quite a nice shape (and it's the only thing stopping the garden from looking like a box at the min). Once you have investigated the raised lumps, you could even utilise them by having a slightly raised bed there. Growing from seed is a cheap option but you don't always get the flowers or plants you want this year, they can take until next year to mature enough to give you any impact. The post may take alot of digging out as it will have a substantial cemented base. 


Posted: 24/02/2013 at 10:53

Walking on a lawn can create yellow (dead looking patches) in winter. It may have been too cold for it also, the area that looks very obvious may have been roled up for a while. I agree with the other comments, wait until it warms up a bit and give it a good water. You may have to give it a feed aswell. 

Bay trees

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 09:44

Seems to be the case with Bays, the first year they seem to get established then grow well after that. 

It Is Not Spring Yet !!!

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 08:44
Bev Pounsett-Krynauw wrote (see)

Discodave- bet you were not out in just a vest today

No Bev, Yestersay was bloody cold, I was indoors most of the day. Looks like we have a cold week ahead. I'm really itching to get started outside though. Received my new growhouse (already built that), put up my new flower fountain (no compost or plants yet though), have to prick out my Dahlias that are coming on a treat. 

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