Latest posts by frensclan

Something for a windy corridor

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 23:33

I have just planted an evergreen Euonymous in just such a situation. We live in a really windy location and have a six foot corridor between our house and next doors garage through which the wind fairly whistles.The soil is dreadful but so far so good and although the shrub bends with the wind and leans away a little it is doing well. I am reliably informed by my local nurseryman that I will be able to control its growth with clipping to keep the path clear.

Have region as well as name

Posted: 28/07/2012 at 12:14

Yes this would be a good idea because what might work in Cornwall would not necessarily work up here in the far north west advise wise because of the different conditions.

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 17:30

I moved last year into a less rural garden and was starting to be bothered by cats but my neighbour told me about this. SCAREDY CAT PLANT - Coleus canina hybrid. She tried it last year and found she had very few visits. We clubbed together and ordered some large plug plants from the Internet. I have placed mine at strategic spots around the veg garden and so far this year have only seen a couple of cats and have had no unpleasant surprises whilst weeding. They apparently deter other animals also.  I have looked the plant up on the Internet and it would seem that if protected it should survive the winter up here in the north but I will take some cuttings to be on the safe side.

annoying drop downs / popups

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 10:13

I am finding it increasingly annoying when I am using the site because of the Clas ohlson drop down in  particular and other bits of moving advertising in general. I am not as young as I might have been and a bit slow on the old keyboard but every time I go to log out; by the time I have clicked the wretched thing has got in the way and I am on another site entirely. There are other instances when advertising web pages suddenly arrive where I have innocently clicked to view a plant or some such item of particular interest. Surely there is no need for these things to "move"??? The only purpose in this would seem to me to be to catch me out and thrust me into a bit of advertising hell. Is there no way I can stop this happening so that I actually click and go where I intended to in the first place?

Slugs and snails

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 10:04

I have been using the salt method for years but read recently that this might not be the best thing for other wild life if they should get to eat the fizzing slugs and snails before they are desicated? Still the early morning salt patrol has been serving me well for many a year.

The Edible Garden

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 17:09

Glad to hear that Monty's book is going to be a treat too. I shall look out for Carols book with a view to a naughty purchase. I missed the first 3 episodes of the TV programme only discovering it a couple of weeks ago by which time she had got to summer!! No joy picking it up on the BBC iplayer either even though it was on BBC4HD. Yet another snub for us gardeners!!!  Forgot to mention above that Alys' book has some lovely recipes at the end as well as a section on "fermented things"

The Edible Garden

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 13:03

I have just treated myself to a couple of new gardening books to compensate for the terrible weather ( well that's my excuse) and wondered if anyone else has come across Alys Fowlers book "The Edible Garden" It is just the most delicious book I have read in ages. I have got lots of great ideas from it and she is wonderfully practical and down to earth which makes you feel you too could achieve the wonderful mix of ornamental and edible display she has achieved in her small garden. the quality of the book and print, layout and photography is a delight and I shall be referring to it for years to come. It is the sort of book you can curl up with in front of the fire and dream with. The other book I got is The Ivington Diaries by Monty don; another treat to look forward to but my husband has snaffled that for the moment.

Advice on Pruning Mock Orange

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 14:20

Thanks for this Lorelel ?, I will give it a little trim when the weather clears up a bit and wait in hopeful ecpectation for next year. I agree with you it does have the most heavenly smell.

Advice on Pruning Mock Orange

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 22:20
  1. I have had a mock orange in a pot for a couple of years waiting for a new garden to plant it in ( was moving!) I eventually planted it into our new garden last autumn and although it has put on a bit of growth ( is about 3' x 3' now it is a bit straggly and has not flowered. Any ideas why it is not flowering and should I cut it back a bit to get it to thicken up???

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 18:55

Many thanks Gardening Grandma! I have just read your letter and it has spured me into writing also. I have emailed a complaint and had a very patronising and unsatisfactory reply. I will send a  letter to the address you have given above.

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