Latest posts by fidgetbones

Phlox Paniculata

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 11:54

I leave them in autumn and cut down some time in Spring when I am tidying up for the bulbs to come through.

Raised bed against fence

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 11:50

Is it your fence?

 If it is a neighbours fence you cannot pile soil against it, it has to be kept clear for access to paint etc.  Fence panels would need to be able to be lifted out for painting.

If it is your fence, you could staple plastic sheeting against it, but it will probably still let water in between it and the fence and allow rot.  You could put a concrete panel in the base up to the level you want soil, and then a fence panel on top.

Help!! Non gardening issue

Posted: 01/08/2017 at 21:50

The first time I went to the Red Sea on  a boat, another of the guests was a vegetarian. The Egyptians catered for her by giving her extra rice instead of the meat and fish.  As she said... "At least they are picking the weevils out of the rice"

Somehow I lost 7 pounds in 7 days and needed another holiday when I got back.

 I keep my sunflower seeds for the birds in a galvanized dustbin in the garage. They also tend to have crawly things in them by the time I get to the bottom of the sack.


Posted: 01/08/2017 at 09:26

Well, from those photos, I'm thinking Brugmansia.  It appears to be inside. get it outside in the sun, feed it once  or twice a week with a teaspoon of Phostrogen in a watering can of water.  My red brug is just forming buds, it has taken three years, is in the biggest pot I can handle, about 18 inch across, 4 ft high, 5 stems. It spent the winter in a frost free greenhouse, and being very mild last year did not get cut down. It is getting a bucket of water every day and feeding twice a week if I remember. ( I'm not too strict on these things)

There are different types of brug, red, pink, white, yellow, single,  double.

 if it flowers let us know.

If anyone has cutting material or knows where I could get "Angels sun explosion" please let me know.

Plant I.D.

Posted: 01/08/2017 at 09:13

Looks like Linaria purpurea , pink version, Canon Went, to me.

Summer raspberries after pruning how many new canes do i leave?

Posted: 01/08/2017 at 09:11

I just cut out the weedy ones, leaving the strongest. New canes should be about 6 inches apart. Closer than that and they don't get sufficient airflow around them.

Victoria plums

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 22:58

They come off easily in the hand when ripe. Be careful, because the wasps always know the day before you will. Try one and see.

Novice gardener needs help identifying plants.

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 20:48

1 rose

3 Bramble (blackberry)

5 Hellebore

7 Bramble

9 Lysimachia clethroides

10 Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)

11 Hardy geranium

12 Possibly an Iris.

Rocket seedlings

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 18:26

Slugs or snails.

Gaps at bottom of shrubs

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 18:24

A roll  of wire netting will stop the balls. I can't see any way of closing the gaps in that type of hedge. It is not conducive to laying, like a hawthorn hedge would be. You could try gently bending stalks over and tying to canes until they ripen and stiffen.

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