Latest posts by figrat

Honey suckle

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 15:13

Or you could try both. My honeysuckle roots in the gutter above it, I've taken those out and planted them straight in the garden or potted them up and given them to friends.

What are these?

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 08:16


I dont' believe it!!

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 19:02

Eeeew! How far did the head get?

Pruning Roses

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 18:59

I'd watch that standard...branches rubbing against each other isn't A Good Thing. Maybe you could have a look along the stems for a bud which is going in the appropriate direction, and snip it back to that level to prevent damage.

Agree re climber, but also track along and look for bud that's facing the way you want it to grow. I grow a lot of roses, mainly climbers, and hack them back through the season as appropriate, but leave the major pruning till the dormant months.


Can Foxgloves change colour from year to year?

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 16:24

Hmmm. If you're talking about the common foxglove, digitalis purpurea, they are most often biennials, i.e. germinate in one season, flower the next, shed their seed and pass on making way for the next generation.

I guess it's possible that a baby was growing near the same site last year, and that one has white flowers. 

All the foxgloves iin my garden are self seeded, and they vary in colour from the common mauve, through pink, cream and white (all on different plants I must say). Some have the excelsior gene from some I sowed yonks ago, so they have flowers all round the flowering stem, not on one side. The bees do their bit pollinating them all, so next years crop is a bit of a mix 'n' match. I can make a pretty good guess as to what colour next year's will be by looking at the petioles - a dusky pink suggest mauve, a paler colour suggests white - but that's not 100% accurate when it comes to flowering time.

So I'd suggest that a pollinated seed fell from the mother plant last year, which had been pollinated from another plant, grew in pretty much the same place but had a different genetic blueprint. 

And if you want them to spread around your garden, what I do is leave the flowering stem until seed has set, cut it off and whang it round the garden - in fact, a bit like waving a magic wand.

Overwintered runner bans

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 15:36

Gosh, thanks for exccavating this thread!

Sorry to have to report that last summer's ghastly weather was good for the slugs and b***er all else here. They demolished the overwintered plants so often (despite what I thought was adequate protection) so in the end I gave in and, as another poster mentioned, dug them up and replaced with new plants. I think I had the lousiest bean crop last year that I ever had.

This spring, I was clearing a couple of bean planter sack things, and again found some overwintered roots which were viable. I decided to junk them, and now have 8 healthy looking new plants from this year's sowing. But I'm still intrigued to see if they can be grown as a semi perennial in this part of the UK, so am planning to mark the roots when I clear them at the end of the season, and pop a couple of cloches over them to see what happens. Which will probably be an easy feast for the slugs, but have nothing to lose really.


Your pets in the garden

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 10:50

I've got an ancient red setter/ collie x who's now nearly 17. I got her from the RSPCA when she was 21/2, and she soon learned that she wasn't to go on the flowerbeds! But she loves eating couch grass, so would lean over as far as she could to get it. Either she's too old now, or my weeding's got better. We used to go for long moorland rambles, but she loves her daily potter downtown, sniffing at everything, and wandering into the local ironmongers where they make a huge fuss of her and give her a gravy bone.

What can I plant here.?

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 19:43

Maybe sarcococcus?

New Composter.

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 18:30

Oh I love it! I've got 3 daleks, one filling, one breaking down and one ready to go. Getting near the end of the rotted one, the contents of which I riddle and the reject stuff I put back in the one that's rotting down. I'm not that picky about ratios, but I do stir/turn it frequently, and sling in a bit of pelleted chicken poo and/ or water if it's looking a bit dry.

Once you've got a system going, you'll wonder how you managed without it.

Identifying beneficial insect larvae

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 19:28

Swiss Sue's popped in another very informative post before mine, but here's what I was typing before I saw that.

Well, I see your point, but if, for example, I see a clutch of eggs on my brassicas, I'm pretty sure they're going to hatch into a clutch of hungry cabbage white caterpillars which are going to decimate my crop.

Maybe it might be worth another approach to your search criteria, based on what you have growing and what the common pests might be.

Discussions started by figrat

Bay tree root eradication

Best way to do it! 
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Plan bee

One of the more uplifting news stories... 
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Overwintered runner bans

Left the roots in after clearing last year's crop, they've survived the winter and putting up new growth. 
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Red rhubarb leaves

I've got a bad feeling about this... 
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What can I use as green manure?

Landcress just about to go to seed 
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