Latest posts by fidgetbones

What compost to plant Holly in?

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 11:38

If you don't have your own soil, John Innes no  3 is fine.

To leave or not to leave

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 20:02

Don't leave a thick layer on grass lawns. The lawn will die off under it.

Red and Black Currants with unidentified problems

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 16:41

Blackcurrants grow quite happily here in shade. In portugal , I would imagine they are frazzled due to the heat.

What compost to plant Holly in?

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 16:38

Holly doesn't need acid soil. A pot  full of ordinary garden soil would be best.  Failing that  a loam based compost. You don't need to repot unless it is potbound.  Just topdress each year with a little compost mixed with fertiliser.

Kalettes growing problem

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 13:50

Sometimes it is handy to have a sacrificial plant nearby that they prefer, like nasturtiums.


Posted: 20/08/2017 at 21:44

It could be a flowering currant, one of those with pink flowers in the spring.

Resurrected Twenty-Two

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 21:39

I love the dancing bats. Reminds me of the Dad dancing that went on at our wedding. LOL.


Posted: 20/08/2017 at 21:36

You need large deep pots to grow them well. One year I had a load left over, I thought to put them in small pots and then plant out where I wanted . It was not a success. They died off early without flowering.  Now I put any left overs in a line in the veg patch and use them as cut flowers for the house.


Posted: 20/08/2017 at 21:24

Some of the most spectacular are the most expensive. I have seen Globemaster at 9 quid a bulb.

I prefer to have lots and  Purple Rain and Purple sensation are reasonable to buy in packs of 50. (15 to 20 quid for 50) That way you can put them through the border in between other perennials.

 I also like Allium Christophii, it flowers slightly later, big heads.

All are easy to grow if you get the biggest bulbs you can get, and plant deep, around six inches.

Last edited: 20 August 2017 21:26:53

Conference pear

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 21:16

I started picking Beth today. The conference are not ready yet, but I like conference when crunchy. They remind me of Pears we used to get from Sammy Hammonds Orchard when I was a kid.  My mum used to scrump them when she was a kid. She called them hazel pears, but I think that is a misnomer for Hessle pears.

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