Latest posts by fidgetbones


Posted: 02/08/2016 at 07:55

With water butts, a spot or two of vegetable oil on the surface will stop the breeding of mozzie larvae.

As dove says, tip out all other standing water, pot bases, bird baths need tipping out and cleaning regularly.

Hover flies are breeding in my comfrey water. I leave them.


Posted: 02/08/2016 at 07:46

My brother fitted a new gas boiler for me  yesterday. (Yes, hes a qualified gas fitter, on the gas safe register) Today he's coming back to sort the electric controllers out and connect the cupboard lighting in the kitchen. Handy that hes a qualified sparky too. it may mean I have no electrickery for part of the day, so have a good day folks.

  Its wet here, saves on the watering time.

Wisteria shrub

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 07:41

wisteria has to be trained and pruned to maximise the chance of flowers.

Either train over a pergola, as I have, or along a wall or fence, flat to it. I  have a friend with one like this, and there are some beauties around.   Without formative pruning and tying in, you just get a tangled mess which will take many years to flower

Overhanging neighbours trees

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 07:35

We paid £400 for careful pruning of an oak with a tree protection order. It took three men a full day,  two on the ground, one swinging from ropes in the tree with a chain saw, and a large industrial shredder. I kept the shreddings for mulch and the log pile for wildlife. They have to pay for training, equipment, specialist protective clothing and public liability insurance.  Bargain.

if you pay a man with a chain saw who knocks on the door touting for work, dont be surprised if it all goes wrong.

Maybe your neighbour hates the sycamore but can't afford to have it removed safely. Have you tried talking to him and offering money towards the cost.?

Where is the Gardener's World website?

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 07:19

You need the bbc website. This is the magazine website. Try the following link.

Split plum tree

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 22:40

bandage it up and use line props to support the branches. thin the plums.

Help with identity of mystery plant please

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 21:02

There was a nice big patch of it at Bressingham. I thought it would make a good filler for arrangements. Like gypsophila , only blueish.

Help with identity of mystery plant please

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 20:56

Limonium latifolium

Can anyone help identify these two fruit trees?

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 20:53

You may be able to get the types identified at an RHS apple day in  October.  They are run at most of the RHS gardens


Posted: 01/08/2016 at 20:48

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Post your photos, lets see all the variations. 
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What the chuff have you done to it? 
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The cutting garden 2016

Grow your own flowers for the house. 
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Special offers

time limited special offers 
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Other papers have fantasy football, or fantasy portfolio. As we can't do much in our real gardens at this time of year, let us have a fantasy garden 
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wedding music

any non religious ideas 
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Plant porn

We all like a bit of plant porn. 
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bananas from seed

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

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