Latest posts by figrat

Where have all the ladybirds gone?

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 11:57

I haven't seen a single ladybird either this year.

Best evergreen rambling or climbing rose?

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 12:18

I had a look at the Gertrude Jekyll on David Austin's site, it does look lovely, wish I could smell it!

can any body tell me about this plant?

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 12:15

And if you leave the flower heads to dry, they're often used in dried flower arrangements, or sprayed gold or silver for Xmas decoration.

Best evergreen rambling or climbing rose?

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 11:33

Albertine's a lovely rose, but only has one flush of flowers, and often gets blackspot. New Dawn's a very good do-er, but with pastel flowers. I grow them both, but the Albertine's getting the chop when it's done its thing this year.

I'd recommend you have a look at David Austin's roses.

Tomato lost its head

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 11:28

I'd think that if you leave it, and let a new side shoot take over, it will carry on to fruit-as you've already been pinching out side shoots, I'm assuming it's not a bush variety. Your point about the root system's a good one, and I'd actually put my money on the one with the severed head, and would recommend some sort of slug repelling measures as well.

Generally, tomatoes don't need feeding until the first flowers have set fruit.

Greenfly by the million

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 20:09

JUst out of interest, I haven't seen one ladybird in my garden this year, last year there were zillions. I garden organically, the bluetits are helping out, but I wonder where the ladybirds have gone?

can any body tell me about this plant?

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 19:04

It's papaver somniferum, aka the opium poppy. An annual, you can harvest the seeds for culinary use or to broadcant them around the garden for some more next year. In this climate, they don't ripen enough for the narcotic gum.

Stupid question!

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 17:08

I do this mainly with veg, thoght appreciate it might not look great in an ornamental border.

I cut off the bottoms of 1 or 2 litre plastic fizzy drink bottles, take off the cap and wiggle the neck into the ground right by the plants. Then you can water directly into this makeshift funnel, ensuring the water goes straight to the roots rather than shallowly soaking the surface of the soil. I do all my watering with cans from the various butts I've got around the place, and this way, you don't need the sprinkler rose on the can.

For containers, I often full a big trug full of water (again from the butts), and add the correct amount of lquid seaweed feed or tomorite, and submerge the pots until the bubbles stop rising. I drain them in another butt, so that excess feed can be reused rather than dribbling away from the bottom of the pots.

jam maker

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 19:16

Nigella Lawson includes an electric jam maker in her Hall of Shame list of gadgets that have turned out to be unused/ useless.


Posted: 01/07/2013 at 19:10

Stipa arundinacea? It does clump up quickly.

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