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Repotting Bird of Paradise

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 21:39

I've acquired two birds of paradise plants ! They're not in the best of condition leaning and climbing out out of their pots.

I've taken them out of their pots removed all the rotten roots and bricks then put them back in with new compost vermiculite sand and bonemeal, the problem is they are still sitting quite proud with old roots showing,I can't put them in any deeper and still have compost below the roots.

i haveread they like to have roots at the top of the pot but how much is too much ? without blowingthe budget I don't have even bigger pots to put them in. 

Any advice ?

My cherry tree has died :'(

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 11:53


Six years ago we planted a mature cherry tree andfor two years we has beautiful blooms and foliage and since then it's been slowly and steadily dying back with lots of dead branches, I've tried to cut out the dead branches gave the base of the tree a good organic mulch and feed but it was really only the ends of the branches that showed signs of life this year. In my inexperienced optionion I think it's got cankerbecause it has a couple of splits in the bark and I've read other people's threads so I'm convinced I have the same problem.

My Question is as this tree is in centre stage of my small suburban garden i want to replace it with another tree is it best to choose another species will it be effected ? I don't have much room to dig out the stump so I was hoping to bring it down to ground level? 

I had thought to replace it with a crab Apple or an Acer.

any thoughts ?

My Garden is 5 meters x 15 meters and I already have a mulberry and a rowan tree with lots of trained fruit trees.

Name this plant ?

Posted: 10/02/2017 at 11:32

Hymenocallis Ismene is now on order from Peter Nyssen 

Name this plant ?

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 18:32

Thank you 👍 I still have time to order them now trying to narrow down my shopping list it's easy to get carried away. 

Thanks again 😎

Name this plant ?

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 16:01

Yes ! What is it ? 

Name this plant ?

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 12:29

I saw this plant grown on a hotel garden in the south of India last week, the leaves where like agapanthus and had tall flower spikes the unusual spidery like pure white flowers had an amazing rich fragrance, I tried to ask in the hotel what it was but they had no idea what the plant is or what i was trying to ask them.

basically it's agapanthus like apart from the spidery lacy flower and super fragrance.

i should have taken a photo but were on out way out the door and one of the last to leave and even the lights were being turned off  (10:30pm) 

Free super 100 tomato seeds

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 14:05

I've been sent a second lot of free seeds in the post !

Free super 100 tomato seeds

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 12:08

I emailed T&M with a full explanation on how i sowed my 5 varieties and I got this response;

We would like to apologise for the poor germination you have experienced with the Tomato Super Sweet seeds supplied on the cover of Gardeners’ World Magazine.

Several readers contacted us with the same issue, leading us to carry out testing on the variety. Our seed stock was originally germination tested at the start of 2016, showing a 95% success rate. 

Following your concerns, a sample of bulk seed and Gardener’s World packets were re-tested under laboratory conditions to Ministry/Defra specifications. Again the result was 95%. However, we also tested the seed under “home conditions” in a pot of compost within a poly bag without heat (ie similar to windowsill growing). Oddly, germination across these pots varied between 50 and 66%.  Well below our standards. This has stumped us somewhat, as the results should have been the same as the laboratory test conditions.

Our vegetable expert, who has over 40 years experience in the industry, informs us that he has seen this happen only on a few rare occasions, but we are unable to identify the exact reasons behind this. Rest assured we are investigating the matter further, calling on industry specialists for their thoughts on the matter. 

In the meantime we would like to make up for the poor start with your tomato crops, by supplying you with one packet each of Sweet Aperitif, Sungold and Santonio - all customer favourites and guaranteed garden performers. 

There is still time to sow and grow these seeds for a late summer crop of sweet cherry tomatoes. We are sure that the results will more than make up for your disappointment with the original Super Sweet seeds.

The seeds have come but I will save them for next year to sow 

Bees in compost bin

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 21:14

Bees are squatting in one of our bird houses they seem to be very busy because the front of the box is bursting open, they have also set up home in my compost bin! sadly they don't seem to be interested in my flowers 

Free super 100 tomato seeds

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 09:26

I have sown 5 varieties of tomato this year and great success with 4 the free ones failed - not one single seed germinated! I was worried I'd sown them too deep so a bit relieved others have had a similar experience. I don't think I'll be buying seed from them again in a hurry.

I am a member of Which? magazine and i bought the second highest rated seed compost (B&Q) which i broke my rule and bought because it contains a lot of peat (last year I used peat free and nothing grew)

They were all grown at the same time in sterilised trays then placed in my green house.

Interestingly the No1 rated seed compost was from Thompson & Morgan but it cost a fortune and was only available direct + a delivery fee.

I have sown 5 varieties of tomato this year and great success with 4 the free ones failed - not one single seed germinated! I was worried I'd sown them too deep so a bit relieved others have had a similar experience. I don't think I'll be buying seed from them again in a hurry.

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