Latest posts by figrat

Make do and mend

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 17:10

Just remembered, years ago I cut an old copper immersion tank in half, one half houses a corkscrew hazel, the other a big hebe. I use the spiral element as a support for a courgette.

Tasty Tips

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 17:03

Yup, I've left the last of my leeks to run to seed. They're in front of a clump of ornamental alliums, so hopefully will prolong the display, but hadn't thought of using them as cut flowers/ salad additions. Maybe I'll try that with some, and leave the rest to ripen their seed which I'll use next year.

On this subject, I'm very partial to nasturtium flowers in a mixed salad. Roll on summer!

What plant is this?

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 08:54

Yes, creeping buttercup leaves do look rather like those of hardy geraniums, but I think the clumping habit here is typical of the geranium.

Weed or not?

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 07:50

That's alchemilla mollis, lady's mantle in the foreground - it has frothy green/ yellow flowers, which do seed around the place - if you want to limit the spread, cut off the flowers before they run to seed.

The leaves can look a bit tatty after flowering, so I tend to cut the whole plant back very hard then, a new flush of fresh green leaves will soon emerge.

The pink flowered plant at the back is an aquilegia, which can also be cut back hard after flowering for a fresh flush ofleaves and a second flowering if you're lucky. They're both perennial cottage garden type plants.


honey suckle not flowering

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 20:23

Are you giving it any special attention, as in feeding it etc? The reason that I'm asking is that overeeding some plants encourages them to put on leaf growth rather than producing flowers.

What plant is this?

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 19:47

Looks like a peony if I turn my head to the left. Have a look for greenfly which the ants may be farming.

grubs problem

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 19:29

From the pic, could be juvenile earthworms (good) or juvenile slugs (bad).

Acer flamingo

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 19:25

Umm...don't seem to be any photos. But I'd guess the unusual green shoot is a reversion, and probably needs removing.

grubs problem

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 19:13

Pictures would be helpful...but I think the culprit may well be slugs/snails. 

Should I keep my alliums?

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 19:11

I've lost count of how many alliums I've planted over the years, but now have them all over the place - which isn't a problem!

I'd leave the ones which aren't looking as though they'll flower this year, let the leaves die down and I think there's a good chance they'll flower next season. It might be an idea to let the ones that do flower run to seed, so they will gently increase naturally.

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Bay tree root eradication

Best way to do it! 
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One of the more uplifting news stories... 
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Left the roots in after clearing last year's crop, they've survived the winter and putting up new growth. 
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I've got a bad feeling about this... 
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What can I use as green manure?

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