Latest posts by figrat

Fork Handles

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 19:40
Reminded me to take home made strawberry ice cream out of the freezer to soften a bit while I wander down to the bottom of the garden to pick some raspberries to go with same.

Herbaceous Border

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 18:26
Would consider putting some spring flowering bulbs in - daffs, tulips etc. As the herbaceous stuff's coming up, the bulbs will be going over.

Herbaceous Border

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 18:24
And the slugs just adore it.

Spanish Bluebells Still on Sale

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 18:16
Guess we'll end up with eurobelles.

Growing mint in plastic bottles.

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 17:51
Well no, haven't tried it and couldn't advise on optimal variety, but The easiest way tp propagate mint is from roots. So if you have a minted mate, you could probably scrounge a small clump. I try and remember to dig up a bit of mine to keep growing in the gh over winter. Mint likes to be on the moist side, and does best in a bit of shade in my experience. I grow apple mint in an old galvanised tub, and my spearmint in an old pub urinal. People often express interest in the latter unusual container, but I don't often divulge its provenance.

Unknown plants

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 12:43
The second one is I think chaenomoles, Japanese quince. Does it have sharp spines on the branches?

Sweet Pea Queries

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 20:00
Well it's doubtful that will happen!
I'm on the southern edge of Dartmoor with a walled garden that has quite a protected microclimate in terms of frost, but have suffered along with everyone else with this season's gloom, chill and rain.
Scent with sweet peas is the most important for me...would you have any recommendations?

Sweet Pea Queries

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 19:54
Mmmmm. Do you think we can persuade the powers that be to incorporate a scratch'n'sniff option?

Sweet Pea Queries

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 19:16
Well along with many other posters my sweet peas have been mediocre at best this year. David, when do you reckon we can start over with next year's?

Cabbage Butterflies & Nasturtium

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 20:01
I think the idea is that the nasturtiums are a sacrificial planting. They also work well to lure blackfly away from a susceptible edible crop.

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