Latest posts by figrat

is it too late for this year

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 13:21
Purple sprouting broccoli.

Horse poo

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 11:14
Fresh horse poo isn't really recommended for digging into soil. It needs to be well rotted first, so it is dark, crumbly and just about odour free. I understand fresh horse poo can be put around roses as long as it doesn't come into contact with the stems. I have heard of sheep droppings being used dunked in a water butt as you describe, I'm sure someone will be able to advise on use as a feed.

white lilac?

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 09:27
It does have some differences - and advantages! It doesn't sucker like s. vulgaris, and as I mentioned flowers sporadically through the season. If you do a google search, pruning advice will be available. It tends to have more of a shrub like than a tree habit.

white lilac?

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 08:50
Flower shape also looks like s. microphylla superba.

Weather Lore - and more

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 21:33
Locally, though I'm sure there are many regional similarities: If you can see Dartmoor, it's going to rain. If you can't see Dartmoor, it's raining.

Weather Lore - and more

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 20:44
Referring to trees coming into leaf: if the ash before the oak Then we're in for a soak If the oak before the ash Then we're in for a splash.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 19:03
PM means Private Message. If you click on the picture next to a poster, you should see a box appear with the options 'message' and 'ignore'. If you select the message option, then you can send a private message without all the details being available to every site user.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 18:52
Decided to pressure wash another patio area and you guessed it - the heavens opened! Tomatoes and peppers seem to be enjoying their new regime of warm bottoms at night. @ Kate - I'm not losing all that planting for veggies, am working on incorporating veggies into what's there. Was very inspired by Alys Fowler's 'The Edible Garden' last year, and I must admit I do find it much more satisfying than growing ornamentals. It's made me look very critically at what plants I truly love, and given me the courage to get rid of a lot which are just so-so. I do have a couple of shady borders which I am filling up with woodlanders and so on. All good fun anyway!

white lilac?

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 17:28
The leaf looks very similar to my syringa microphylla superba, which is not vulgaris but a lilac all the same. It flowers first at usual lilac time (ie now!) and the intermittently through the year. The blooms are a pale pink, smaller than vulgarise, but still have the wonderful lilac scent.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 19:13

A couple more before and afters.

 My nephew who's now a towering 18 year old! (And probably the same sheets on the line Geoff)

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