Latest posts by figrat

Woodland plants

Posted: 12/09/2012 at 17:47
Ooh yes, especially the White variety, alba.

Fork Handles

Posted: 12/09/2012 at 17:19
Hi TDC. Or should it be 'high' after passive smoking in Amsterdam? Sorted through all my pots today, now have ~ 25 to plant up with spring flowering bulbs. Tempted to get one of those sacks of random mixed narcissi, this year's been so grim I think a little indulgence would be permitted.
@ Kate - as I'm still wondering what to do with the bomb crater left after the spirea got hoicked out, think I might start a bean trench in there at the back. Have you started yours?
@ Inkadog...sooner the cull starts the better. How heartbreaking for you.

Bloke still doing his Nelson impersonation, roll on hospital appointment next Tuesday! Chauffeur duty getting a bit tiresome, but I guess he'd do the same for me.

Bubblewrapping the greenhouse

Posted: 12/09/2012 at 16:55
After not bothering to bubble wrap my greenhouses for the last few years, because of the ensuing condensation, I'm thinking about sectioning off an area as Palaisglide suggests. I read somewhere that covering vulnerable stuff with fleece when low temperatures are forecast is as effective, and avoids the condensation problem, and it's worked for me in preventing losses. But after such a grim year in the garden, I'm thinking that having a warm zone might get early sown veg etc off to a better start.

Woodland plants

Posted: 12/09/2012 at 15:48
Epimediums and Erythroniums are worth considering as well. And cyclamen.

Weeds in my compost

Posted: 12/09/2012 at 15:22
Or put them in water in a bucket (with a lid) and let them rot down until the plant is mushily unidentifiable. Wouldn't do this with brambles, though.

Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 11/09/2012 at 19:08
A bit late on this inspiring post, but just would like to say I also got rid of my lawn a few years back and haven't regretted it for a moment. Gardens are always evolving aren't they? At the moment I'm taking stuff out, beefing up the soil and making plans for what to put on the gaps. Which at the moment seems to be leaning much more towards edibles rather than ornamentals, though have a couple of bags of spring flowering bulbs waiting for a home...

New Variety of Plant

Posted: 11/09/2012 at 16:15

I think the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) would be a good place to start.

beetroot - What's wrong

Posted: 09/09/2012 at 12:02
You're welcome! According to my sister, they don't keep their pretty stripes when cooked, but still taste fine.

beetroot - What's wrong

Posted: 08/09/2012 at 19:09

I don't think there's anything wrong. It looks like a chioggia variety, maybe a rogue one got in the packet.

Here's a pic off the web:


Fork Handles

Posted: 08/09/2012 at 09:34

 Not a pic from my garden, but this is the helenium that I grow - Sahin's Early Flowerer. It has a very long flowering season (which is extended by regular deadheading), and has been divided numerous times. I've tried others, for some reason the slugs devour them but don't touch the Sahin. It's also very tolerant of my very dry soil.

Bloke sent lad with pickaxe round yesterday afternoon to hoick out the stump of a spirea arguta. Am off in the garden shortly to play with the bomb crater which its removal has left.

Just watched a squirrel sneak into the garden, before it was chased out again by the neighbour's cat.

Discussions started by figrat

Bay tree root eradication

Best way to do it! 
Replies: 4    Views: 4703
Last Post: 11/04/2013 at 14:17

Plan bee

One of the more uplifting news stories... 
Replies: 9    Views: 1686
Last Post: 10/06/2012 at 22:13

Overwintered runner bans

Left the roots in after clearing last year's crop, they've survived the winter and putting up new growth. 
Replies: 14    Views: 1991
Last Post: 27/06/2013 at 16:57

Red rhubarb leaves

I've got a bad feeling about this... 
Replies: 3    Views: 7476
Last Post: 17/06/2014 at 07:08

What can I use as green manure?

Landcress just about to go to seed 
Replies: 2    Views: 2402
Last Post: 19/04/2012 at 16:01
5 threads returned