Latest posts by fidgetbones

Plant ID, please?

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 15:57

Coronilla valentina glauca citrina or something like that

Watering extension

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 15:54

screwfix have a hozelock extendable lance. I have one, it does the job in reaching inaccessible places.

Jam jar flowers

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 15:14

I've got some very droopy spanish bluebells. Does anyone know how to make them stay straight.?

Blood fish and bone meal

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 14:11

It tends to stick together, but if you dry it out and bash it back to a fine powder, it is fine.  If its really bad, mix it into the compost heap.

Rose cuttings

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 08:38

Commercially, you can bulk up a rose quickly by bud grafting. Only one bud is grafted on to the rootstock, so the grafting material will go a lot further. The downside is that grafted plants often send up suckers from the rootstock. As a gardener, who may only want a few extra, using a cutting that has maybe four or five buds on it is not a problem. The disadvantage is it takes a year or so to be a size big enough to move, it is a slow process. The advantage is that there are no suckers.  As buttercupdays says, the rootstock influences the size of the end plant, but I have had no problems with roses on their own roots.

When to sew

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 08:27

Generally, if you have some cover such as a greenhouse or cold frame, I say Mid March. They should be hardening off now for planting out at the end of the month.  If you have the seeds, get them in now. If not, the garden centres have loads of plants ready to go. Just make sure you give them protection for the next couple of weeks.

Improving Clay Soil

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 16:20

Try local stables. They often will let you have it for a small amount. I get a local farmer to deliver a tipper load.  £40 for a huge amount that lasts me two or more years.

Unknown and unwanted plant

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 16:18

Looks like pampas grass. Hard work , good leather gloves to protect your hands and a sharp spade required.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 15:26

Shame about the car BL. Hubby had an old lady scrape his bumper, then another one reversed into it. It all got done after the 7.5 tonne truck made the car six inches shorter.  The first old lady sent us a voucher to use in a pub miles away, which we haven't used, and the second one sent him £20 for some touch up paint. The truck drivers insurance company got a huge bill.

 My car got several scrapes outside a health centre in the peak district. Certainly in more rural areas, where a car is a necessity, I think there are a number of old people driving who shouldn't be.

Lovely day here. I emptied a compost bin ready for filling up after hubby mows the meadow which pretends to be a lawn. Another week and we would be making hay.

I still have some daffs in flower in a shady spot, tulips are nearly over, but May stuff (Alliums and aquilegias) is only in bud yet.

Last edited: 07 May 2017 15:26:51

Silverskin Onions Overwintered

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 15:01

The bees and hoverflies will love you if you just let them flower.

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Pitcher or Burr Knot Apple trees.

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plant identification

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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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Grow your own flowers for the house. 
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