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Posted: 25/04/2014 at 20:18


Dove- how lovely your mum's reached a ripe old age. Hope she has a lovely day and your dad is well enough to enjoy it with her 

I can send you something for those worms Clari- clean you out no probs...

Lovely bit of salmon and veg for dinner. Wet here now but the new beds were needing it so can't complain. 

Transport needed for flooded gardens

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 18:48

It's great news Rosie. You've all worked so hard to make this happen. I wish I was in a better location to help shift stuff - I can do  driving on weekends but there's a limit to how far I can go!

Perhaps  if they were given the info, G'sWorld could put something in the magazine to thank the companies concerned. 

Fatsia Japonica

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 18:31

I had one in a previous garden with a very similar aspect to yours. We had built a raised deck outside the dining room and I left a bit at the end of it where the kitchen extended out about 4 feet. The bed was deep and I had a clematis in with the fatsia which grew over the back door. The fatsia was protected from the midday sun by the wall of the kitchen and once it got going, it quickly grew to a couple of metres. I just took off lower leaves which were a bit rough or brown and it was always healthy and very green there. The house walls gave it plenty of protection from cold winds and weather too  

I also used to take stems off to put in vases with daffs in the spring - they last for ages!

Fatsia Japonica

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 17:31

It often gets called that BB2. The new growth can look a bit odd compared to mature leaves.You can give them  a good tidy up once they're established too. Just take off any rubbishy looking leaves to keep a nice shape. They'll discard quite a lot of lower ones anyway. If they're in a site where they're happy, they make really big plants.

Talkback: Sowing tomato seed

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 17:24

Aye - you'll be lucky Steve...

Actually - May can sometimes be nice here...wouldn't come without good waterproofs and a few jumpers though....

What shrubs are these?

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 17:21

Conifer for the first and cotoneaster for the second. 

I have to agree about the variegated conifers 

What's wrong with Rosemary?

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 17:18

It doesn't look too happy at all Steve 

It looks as if it's excessive wet that's caused it. If it was me, I'd dig it out, take all the dead bits off, give it a haircut and put it in a pot of it's own with half grit and half poor soil or compost and keep it somewhere sheltered. Mine often got like that  (we get very high rainfall) and in open ground they just get swamped sometimes and then struggle. I always have them in pots now in the way I've described and they do so much better because of it although they can still get some discoloured leaves at this time of year.

Human irrigation system

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 16:53

Mike - I really don't know what to say. I find it hard to believe your daughter could just be left high and dry like that, surely they must give her plenty of time to relocate? I hope you can get put in touch with some organisation that can give her support - local housing authority, Social Services and Citizen's Advice for a start. 

I admire your strong beliefs Mike, even though I'm a total atheist.  It must give you such a lot of comfort. Let us all be your shoulder for crying on - whenever you need it. x

Fatsia Japonica

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 16:27

The heavy rain over the winter may have caused a few problems too, leaching nutrition out of the soil.  I've had several Fatsias, in different gardens, and they do get a bit bleached if they get too much sun so they need a better, more moisture retentive soil if they're in that aspect, but they don't like sitting in wet ground either. The wind does give them a bit of a hiding as well. I planted one in the front border in this new garden last year but it's too exposed there, so I'll find a better location for it. They're great plants if you like a jungly look too.

will my new four tier plastic greenhouse work same as a glass one?

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 13:06

I think you still have to take account of the weather filmbuffy. They just don't give the same protection as the real thing in more severe cold.

I made small holes in the back of mine and attached it with wire from the frame onto the fence after one disappeared across the garden last year! I didn't have too much bother with the giant snails I have here but they had quite a rough trek to get to the growhouse anyway as there's only fences and gravel around them for some distance! Perhaps the beer traps might be a better solution if you're plagued by slugs and snails.

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