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Foreign plants

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 21:33

Thank you, Pansyface and Dovefromabove.  You're probably right about the unsuitability of Black Boy for Scottish weather, even in Nairn which is warmer than most of Scotland - I hadn't considered that.  My mother had a Josephine Bruce, which was lovely in reliably, constantly fine weather, but how much of that do we get?  If it was rained on, even a little, its head drooped, never recovered and rotted - a very depressing rose. Maybe Black Boy is the same - I believe it's an old rose, so it may be in the same family.  I'll have a look at Etoile de Hollande.  Thank you again.

Foreign plants

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 18:14

I've just been reading about a climbing rose called 'Black Boy', a dark red, very strong climber, I understand.  I Googled it, and find it's available - but only, as far as I can see, in Australia.  Is there a firm in the UK which grows it, and if not, how can I get one?  It's a long way for a wee plant to come and stay healthy, even airmail.  Would I be able to import it at all, and would I have to pay customs duty on it?

Spring Bulbs

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 17:06

Never thought to look - I just assumed that what came up today was recent.  I wonder if the bulbs ever did grow...

Spring Bulbs

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 11:23

If you transfer the bulbs carefully, leaves-up of course, into plastic carrier bags, you can easily carry them and store them in a corner till they die back or till next planting season.  Try to keep them off the soil, though, as slugs seem to have a genius for finding them.

mystery bulbs

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 11:14

Yes, blackbirds can excavate amazingly deep in rich, soft soil.  So do thrushes and, in my garden, jackdaws and rooks.

planting bulbs

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 11:12

Don't throw away your money and their lives.  Stick them in and give them their chance.  Even if they don't survive, they'll compost in the garden or a pot just as well as in a special compost heap.  Or if they do survive and don't flower this spring, they'll probably gather energy and do you proud next year.  It depends, I suppose, how big your garden area is and how much you're willing to take a chance on - but if you tuck the bulbs away under later flowering plants, they'll take up no space and may be a pleasant surprise,

Talkback: Six of the best small trees

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 16:06
Golden Hornet starts off as fairly upright, but at least while it's young the thin branches get weighed down by the crabapples, so that it turns into a wide scraggly umbrella till the fruits fall off. You could tie up the tops of the branches, I suppose.


Posted: 02/10/2014 at 20:09

Do try to keep it out of cold, drying winds - the leaves shrivel up at the edges and look miserable till they fall off or you trim them off.  They do get replaced, but for a while it looks really tatty and miserable.


Posted: 20/06/2014 at 11:26

I have a row of 3 dwarf cherry trees, more or less espalier form.  When they blossomed last year, I saw very few bees about, but left them to get on with it - and had six, yes 6, cherries.  I didn't bother to net them,  This year, again no bees visible.  I did a wee experiment; I went out with a brush and tickled the flowers - but on one side of the row only.  I now have bunches of fruit swelling quite nicely on that side of the trees, but practically none on the other, only unfilled wizened little shapes. The couple of half-hours I spent on them really made a difference.  I netted them yesterday, and hope for a reasonable crop.

Hedgehog Free

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 17:05

Thanks again.  But I've never seen a hedgehog in the area; I'd need to import one from somewhere.

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How can I get hold of a.....? 
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Tickling works! 
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