Latest posts by figrat

Tomatos not growing well

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 18:16


Tomatos not growing well

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 18:06

Have put them in - will report back! I don't think it can do any harm...

Tomatos not growing well

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 17:35
Hmm. Mine are just about doing ok, peppers are pathetic. They've all been potted on, leaves look healthy and green, but they are just so slow! Thinking of putting them in heated propagator (without lid) in the gh to give them a bit of bottom heat. Any thoughts on this?

planting out runner beans

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 16:24
My second lot of French beans have been in the cold frame for a couple of weeks- I give them a fleece duvet overnight. First lot are out in the garden under cloches. Runners still in the greenhouse, they'll go in the cold frame after the weekend. The weather seems to have bypassed summer, doesn't it?

Tulip Buds dying

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 12:23
I think this may be due to a lack of moisture at some point. There have been a lot of postings concerning disappointing tulip displays recently.

Talkback: Oriental poppies

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 11:26
I remember years ago, when we had summers, spending a very zen hour or so in the morning watching an oriental poppy flower open, I caught it just as the green case split and the crumpled petals unfurled like a butterfly emerging from its cocoon.

Hosta or Weed?

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 11:18
Beware valerian in walls - the roots get very large and can wreak havoc. I've got a walled garden and speak from experience. Having walls rebuilt can be very expensive. English Heritage won't have it anywhere on their sites.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 11:14
Thanks! The walls do give a lot of privacy - I'm right in the middle of town and not overlooked by anybody! They are grey granite, some about 15 ' high, and they act like giant storage heaters so I have my own little microclimate. Off to pick a garden posy - will be slim pickings I fear, mostly dicentra alba and pinky white aquilegias, I have a memorial service/ wake to attend at lunchtime, and we've all been asked to bring something from our gardens to decorate the table. Grey, chilly and overcast out there.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 10:20
Hi Woo2, I've got a 90' walled garden in Devon on the southern edged of Dartmoor. The garden is on lots of different levels as there used to be 5 1up-1down stone built cottages in here, which were demolished in the late 1940s. I've been in this house for about 16 years, though rented it out for a few of them when I went travelling. Over the last couple of years I've become much more interested in growing veg and less interested in ornamentals. I've got a lot of climbing roses and honeysuckles as well as retaining the ornamentals that I love in the Borders. That's one thing I love about gardening, it's always changing! Mine is anyway...

May In Your Garden

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 14:38
So glad I did all the compost malarkey yesterday, amazing how the energy levels go up when the sun shines isn't it? Just been for a potter downtown to get stuff for the great bake off, so cold!!! it's May and I've got my thermals back on. Haven't lifted the lid on the cold frame today, all stuff in the greenhouse looking very bored.

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