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Is this a gonna or can anyone help with advise, think its leylandii or conifier

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 14:46

Looks dead to me.  I'd take it down.

Running before I can walk and need some help!!

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 14:45

They could've gone in in the autumn, and they'd have flowered earlier - planting now just means a later display.  You can leave them in over the winter and you'll get blooms a bit earlier next year. 


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 14:44

Brrrrrrr!  Too chilly out there now - I shall get on with the knitting. 

Running before I can walk and need some help!!

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 14:40

Iris Blue Magic is a Dutch-type, the sort you buy in a florist's shop - they'll be ok in a planter, but as they're quite tall I think they'd be better planted direct in the ground - info here 

Buying ladybirds or larvae?

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 14:36

Well, if you've got lots of aphids for them to feed on they'll probably be happy and stay around and breed more ladybirds - but if you haven't got the aphids they'll probably go looking for some.

Too early to chit?

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 14:34

Oooh, obviously a big pantry - deep envy here!

These from the T&M website  look perfect to me

 and they're the right way up for planting 

You want short fat sprouts, not long straggly ones. 

Running before I can walk and need some help!!

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 14:07

How big are the geraniums?  If they're a reasonable size and the bed is well prepared you could plant them out now - otherwise I'd put them in pots for a bit of tlc.

The hosta I would definitely start off in a pot.

The iris germanica I'd plant in the bed.

Can we find out more about the second iris?  What does it look like at the moment?

As for the gladioli - I'd plant them in the bed now. 

Not running before you can walk, just ambling gently along 

Growing flowers in my veg plot?

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 13:42

Blight is due to spores in the air, and although stronger plants are better at resisting infection, it will reduce the yield.  

I would definitely grow something on the land as cultivation will help to get rid of any blight spores on the soil surface.  

Go on, put some peas and beans in there 

They'll look pretty 

Too early to chit?

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 13:38

Hi Clari

Potatoes need light to chit - my guess is that your pantry is dark - most are - pop them on your kitchen windowsill in egg trays - they'll soon start to chit.  

By the way, chitting produces little stalks, not roots.  The roots will grow after planting. 


Music in the Garden

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 13:27


When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple. 

Jenny Joseph  



My delightfully batty Aunty B has modelled herself on this poem - I model myself on Aunty B 

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