Latest posts by fidgetbones

Depth of new flower border

Posted: 26/07/2017 at 06:55

Some things like mediterranean plants (lavender etc) love a sandy soil.  Builders sand in general will not harm your plants. Where I come from (Mansfield) they quarry the stuff out by the lorry load, and many gardens are based on the same sandy soil. Plants seem to grow OK. If there is a lot of lime, you will not be able to grow acid lovers like Rhododendrons. Test the soil to see what pH it is. (test kits at garden centres)  A foot ( 30cm ) of top soil is fine for most perennials, shrubs will get their roots down in to the subsoil.   If the soil is very sandy, add a load of water holding humus like well rotted farm yard manure or composted fine bark, or your own compost if you make it from your kitchen waste , peelings  etc.

Montana Taking off!

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 19:56

The shoots formed this summer will flower next Spring. Then you prune after flowering.

Magnolia Grandiflora

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 19:50

Patience and a mild winter. Mine has a load of flowers this year. It went in as a stick 25 years ago. It is now about 30 ft high. Unfortunately the best flowers are at the top but we can see them from an upstairs window.

What's this?

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 21:56

Do the flowers in the bottom LH quadrant belong to the shrub?

If not, it looks more like a willow.

Hedgehog Food

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 20:44

Mine love  the beef chunks in Bakers meaty meals.(as does the fox) They will also eat cat food out of a tin or those gourmet sachets.


Posted: 23/07/2017 at 20:42

Depends where you are. Often you can get away with it being up against a south facing wall, or if it is really freezing hard, put it in the garage while it is dormant.  Keep it on the dry side in winter.

Salvia patens oxford blue

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 16:46

I lift mine, and Amistad , because again with Amistad, left in the ground, they eventually flowered but later than the cuttings I had taken and overwintered inside.

Salvia patens oxford blue

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 16:22

Roots stored inside over winter in a greenhouse, are bigger plants and flower earlier than seedlings  sown in March. I always collect seed and so have a few old plants flowering first and then new plants flowering later in the season. They die if left in the soil here over winter. Make sure the seed is brown before you collect it and store in paper envelopes  to sow next year.  The large seeds are easy to single sow in plug trays.

Leaf vacuum /shredder for magnolia leaves

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 09:31

Run them over with a rotary mower on the lawn. It seems to work OK on mine. I have M. grandiflora and M. soulangeana. The evergreen grandiflora leaves are the toughest.

Missing video

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 23:51

Jekylandhyde, Are you a subscriber.?

The video appears to be part of the secret garden that can only be accessed by subscribers.

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