London (change)
Today 8°C / 7°C
Tomorrow 11°C / 6°C


Latest posts by fidgetbones

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 13:17

Joy(bouquet)lilies planted in veg patch in a line for cutting.

Planted 6 Lilium longiflorum in a big tub. Tipped out another big tub to find  some ginormous Lilium henryii that have been in there a few years. Gertrude Jekyll land Brian Matthews say these should be semi shaded. I could dig out the old lavender bushes which are not getting enough light and put them there.

I've potted up some blue perennial cornflower from the space where I dug out the tree peony.  Lots of brandlings in the muck heap to keep the birds happy.

Coffee drunk now back to work...

Chicken poo and straw

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 09:49

Horse is best.

Chicken manure will burn plants if not thoroughly composted. It makes a good activator for the compost heap, mixed up with grass cuttings, shreddings and veg peelings. If it smells at all it is not composted enough.


Posted: 17/02/2015 at 14:25

Well, its not the planting that takes the time, its preparing the soil.

I've dug out an old tree peony. Root breaker needed. Wheely bin full of roots. Fork it over. Add two wheelbarrows full of FYM. Add a sprinkling of FBB. Fork it again. Fight off the robins squabbling over the worms.  Plant aquilegias, snapdragons, and lily bulbs.  Put stuff away and wash up. 

Now I'm off to get my eyes tested.  Have a good afternoon.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 10:22

I didnt like loo rolls, they all went mouldy before planting out. I did some in each last year, the ones in rootrainers performed much better.

It's my birthday

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 10:19

Thanks from mum. Today she is 82, and in Tenerife with my sisters.  The 19th would have been her Diamond Wedding anniversary if dad had managed another three months. He didnt have much excuse for forgetting, with Valentine's day, birthday, and anniversary all in the same week.

GORGEOUS cakes. Its a good job they are calorie free. The no wheat diet is working pretty well.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 10:11

I have sown, winston Churchill, wiltshire ripple, and two packets of mixed spencer type. All last years bargain seed, cost me a total of 1.50 for the seed and 24 quid for the roottrainers. My old ones have hellebore seeds germinating in them. I did notice that in one of the pods still hanging from last year, a seed was starting to germinate. Now its warmer, I can start and tidy up the veg patch.  Out of sight, out ofmind..

Unique garden- help needed on a design

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 10:02

Someone else has done all the hard expensive landscaping.  It may be that the builder has dumped the clay subsoil on top of the decent stuff. If you can incorporate as much organic matter as you can in , and fork it through the soil, it would give you a good start. You can use compost, well rotted manure or fine shredded bark. Some garden centres sell bags of soil improver, which to my mind is expensive, but if that is all you can get, it will do.

 All the walls  could be cloaked with climbers such as honeysuckle, clematis, or jasmine.

The beds could have seasonal bedding in for a year or two, until you decide what perennials you want. That gives you more time for soil improvement.


Posted: 17/02/2015 at 09:47

Have a good holiday Stacey. After the last year, you deserve it.


Posted: 17/02/2015 at 09:46

Sunny but frosty here. When it's defrosted, I have 61 lily bulbs to plant. T&M sent 20Lilium longiflorum bulbs(scented) free to compensate for my disappointment over the bouquet(scented)lilies which turned out to be Joy series( unscented) lilies. I gave some of the joy series to mum, and I am going to plant the others in the veg patch for cutting. The rest are going in the ground, and in pots.

I planted a dozen polka raspberry canes at the weekend. Also I dug up last years cheapo gladioli corms that i had from lidl. I grew them between the rows of broad beans, and then cut them for the house. The corms are now the size of my palm.

That reminded me to get some broad bean seeds in. I have set 35 The Sutton in pots, I also have a packet of Aquadulce claudia. Should I set these now or is it too late and I would be better waiting until Autumn?

I will certainly grow gladioli between the broad bean rows again. 

It's beginning to feel like Spring.

Wrong plants sent by mail order

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 09:26

Bakkers in particular have misleading photos. Colours touched up to the level of lurid. Blue roses that turn out to be mauve. A shrub border shown all in flower, when in reality they flowered in different months....and dont forget the pink pampas that looked like it belonged in Barbies garden.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

Has anyone got a trail cam for night time critter visits?

Replies: 8    Views: 313
Last Post: 19/01/2015 at 23:02

Brugmansia cuttings.

how to take brugmansia cuttings. 
Replies: 11    Views: 438
Last Post: 08/01/2015 at 23:04

white mouse

Is this an escaped pet (or a boas dinner) or a natural occurring albino? 
Replies: 24    Views: 665
Last Post: 17/09/2014 at 21:33

fungi identification please

Replies: 2    Views: 289
Last Post: 15/08/2014 at 13:16

A walk at Attenborough by the River Trent.

Replies: 13    Views: 447
Last Post: 14/07/2014 at 11:03

squash crown prince

Replies: 6    Views: 448
Last Post: 04/01/2015 at 17:26

Talkback: The best way to grow potatoes

I always thought that potatoes need a lot of water. Certainly the potato growers in Lincolnshire seem to use water cannons to irrigate throu... 
Replies: 6    Views: 402
Last Post: 08/08/2014 at 18:34

Talkback: Grass snakes

Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
Replies: 1    Views: 268
Last Post: 03/07/2014 at 23:01


Replies: 20    Views: 701
Last Post: 10/07/2014 at 00:53

Fascinated by Fasciation

Photos of fasciated flowers/stems/seed pods. 
Replies: 21    Views: 802
Last Post: 05/11/2014 at 16:33

Talkback: Seven-spot ladybirds

This year is the first time I have seen ladybirds mating. Then I found another lot the same day.I recorded them as well. Well, I would soone... 
Replies: 0    Views: 278
Last Post: 07/06/2014 at 07:13

ladybirds mating?

Replies: 13    Views: 438
Last Post: 02/06/2014 at 20:16

Bug identification please.

black and yellow body, yellow legs, black antennae 
Replies: 8    Views: 380
Last Post: 31/05/2014 at 21:09


Replies: 300    Views: 8685
Last Post: 23/06/2014 at 19:22

Identification needed

Replies: 4    Views: 396
Last Post: 27/04/2014 at 21:47
1 to 15 of 35 threads