Latest posts by FloBear

Garden ideas please

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 14:08

This jury member is very much of the 'put down weed suppressing membrane under gravel' persuasion. The gravel that my ex and I put down in largish quantities when we moved here was on bare soil and, 25 years later is a complete pain to try and remove / renovate - especially as I am now 25 years older and creakier!

Mystery brassica pests.

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 14:02

The cutest pests I've ever seen, Womble

 It's nice that they'll grow up knowing that cabbages grow in soil and do not materilise magically on supermarket shelves.

Green cherry tomato

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 11:24

Dove is right, of course, there's quite a bit of time but it does depend on where you live as to how much potential ripening time is left. I'm on the (sometimes) sunny south coast so not at all concerned but my sister in Mid Wales has a shorter season and wants hers to get on with it!

Last edited: 07 August 2017 11:25:14

Japanese Maple - crisping leaves

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 14:40

I have an established one and one that I rescued from crispy sadness at a GC that should have known better, but no expertise. 

I keep mine in pots on the west side of the house in an angle with the conservatory and would guess that full bore sun is what's doing for yours, A Lexbury. Mine are in a bright spot but get very little full sun and that is later in the day.

Drying winds could be an issue depending on how sheltered the plants are.

Last edited: 06 August 2017 14:42:32


Posted: 04/08/2017 at 21:55

Yes it is a triffid. Himalayan Balsam is a very invasive, non-native which causes huge problems to our native flora, especially along riverbanks. Get rid before it sets seed!

Unhappy Acer

Posted: 01/08/2017 at 09:05

Ellen36, it's probably much drier than you imagine, right next to that wall and, as others have said, it may be too draughty as well.

I have two growing successfully in pots on the west facing side of my house and they are also sheltered by the side of the conservatory. They don't get a lot of sun but it's bright there. And of course, I have to keep them watered.

Submerged pond pumps/filters

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 16:28

How old is your pond GD2 (excuse the abbreviation) ? If it's in its first year it will take quite a long time to settle unless entirely filled with rain-water. Sun will react with the nutrients in the pond and blanket weed will have a field day. There are a multitude of other reasons too and even well established ponds suffer from time to time. 

I too have my pond pump on a shelf just a few inches under the water - only needs de-clogging once in a blue moon.

Last edited: 31 July 2017 16:29:08

Leaf mould

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 16:21

Depends on the leaves, Annie 17. I believe things like oak and beech are relatively quick whereas others take longer. I usually get a decent result in 2 years, 3 at most. 

Moving a Japanese anemone

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 15:34

Exactly, Hostafan! And several more a foot or two away where they've crept underground.

Moving a Japanese anemone

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 15:30

In my experience, Japanese Anemones are impossible to kill so I would say go ahead!

Others, of course, may beg to differ.

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