London (change)
Fri 10°C / 7°C
Tomorrow 13°C / 9°C

flowering rose

Latest posts by flowering rose

What's eating my beans, fennel...and well everything now!

Posted: 06/09/2012 at 19:49

its not your spider pal he is more likely to capture the culprit.Tiny snails ,wevills,bee cutters,but I feel its a rogue slug who knows your trick with the beer trap.

Talkback: Goldfinches

Posted: 06/09/2012 at 19:42

here in the city we also have goldfinches and a good variety of widlife as well as fact I see more here than when I am out in the countryside.

wild picking

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 13:11

yes your right about being careful .I think I might do some sloe gin,its so easy and tastes fantastic.I was wondering if any one had treid hawthorn berries?would you make it as a jelly or what ?

What is this little bird please?

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 13:05

it looks like a Dunnock,if it has a very sweet song thats what it is.

wild picking

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 14:58

I am what you might call a forager .In autumn especially I go hunting for fruit of all kinds,crab apples,sloes,wild plums,rose hips,blackberries e.t.c. to make jellies or jams for free .I suppose the thought for something free is always exciting as in the finding.My locations are secret and sometimes nearer home than you would think.I never take more than I need leaving enough for the wildlife .I  do not pick mushrooms even thou now I can tell the difference but having had poisoning and survived its not a risk I would do again.I have eaten other plants and its really amazing what there is to eat that's free!but this year I wonder if "supplies" will be as good.A book I used to start with was food for free by Richard maybe.

Hypericum androsaemum - yellowing leaves

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 14:39

I think alot of the plants are suffering from too much rain fall and lack of sun,(the same as us) and if you wish to use a fertilizer ,I make my own from either nettles or comfrey,( cut leaves in a bucket of water for 2 wks ,tip water into another container and dilute very little in a gallon of water and feed plants every 2 wks in summer).I have many plants with yellow leaves and I have fed those so I think it must be too much rain.

Digging in the Wet

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 14:32

I have very heavy clay soil and one thing you don't do is dig when its wet besides the damage and compacting of the soil it sticks to your boots,spade and anything else.wait until its drier otherwise your soil will be giant clogs of earth .

Talkback: How to deadhead lilies

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 14:27

one thing to remember when dead heading lilies or in fact coming into contact with them is to be mindful that the stem ens will leave a nasty mark on you with their pollen.If they do best to brush off lightly do not wet.dead heading is just taking off the old head and beware of that dreaded Lilly beetle or you will have no lilies next year!

Keeping cosmos

Posted: 02/09/2012 at 17:49

you can collect the seed and grow them that.I have not been successful in keeping them but then I have very clay soil.


Posted: 02/09/2012 at 17:45

glad I am not the only one.


Discussions started by flowering rose

Talkback: Harvesting apples

I have grown apple trees from sticks stuck in the ground ,hoping to see apples next year and what kind.They are a couple of feet now .Love... 
Replies: 1    Views: 153
Last Post: 17/10/2014 at 20:11

Ford Abbey

Garden of delight! 
Replies: 4    Views: 244
Last Post: 11/08/2014 at 20:31

summer flowering ?

daffs are blooming in amongst the cosmos and sweetpeas 
Replies: 2    Views: 303
Last Post: 29/05/2014 at 20:14

spring bulbs in summer

Replies: 5    Views: 396
Last Post: 22/05/2014 at 20:54

wild flowers

in the verges 
Replies: 26    Views: 991
Last Post: 14/05/2014 at 19:17

Talkback: Fruit trees in spring

I agree ,fruit trees bring a lot of joy to a garden. The blossom is beautiful and looks confetti and the seeing the fruit on trees looks mar... 
Replies: 2    Views: 239
Last Post: 23/05/2014 at 03:25

next season

those basement bargains 
Replies: 15    Views: 565
Last Post: 06/04/2014 at 22:12

parks and commons

a haven for everyone 
Replies: 0    Views: 504
Last Post: 05/12/2013 at 20:47

The demise of the front garden.

have we fall out of love with the front garden? 
Replies: 30    Views: 1801
Last Post: 10/01/2014 at 11:45

getting those plants in before the storm

wallflowers,persian carpet. 
Replies: 8    Views: 679
Last Post: 29/10/2013 at 21:43

the best buy

a bay tree 
Replies: 3    Views: 543
Last Post: 16/09/2013 at 17:31

Talkback: How to tackle house plant flies

sounds good advice about watering less and covering with gravel.I had noticed it was better when I did this so good to confirm. 
Replies: 2    Views: 491
Last Post: 28/12/2014 at 21:28

perparing for next year

from planting to choosing the bulbs 
Replies: 7    Views: 626
Last Post: 06/09/2013 at 22:23

roundabouts and flowering baskets

the council have done a good job 
Replies: 4    Views: 564
Last Post: 31/08/2013 at 23:11


sparrow hawk 
Replies: 6    Views: 501
Last Post: 17/08/2013 at 22:48
1 to 15 of 46 threads