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Tree Peony

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 20:59

Thank you, Paul N, that link has answered my questions too.   I planted a tree peony in the Spring of 2010, and am hoping it will soon start to flower.

Talkback: Coping with drought in the garden

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 20:15
Looking at the April weather we have been having, this must be the wettest drought there has ever been! Seriously, we have two water butts on our greenhouse and five on our house. We have now ordered two more, as it seems impossible to collect enough water to stop them running dry through the summer months. Good large butts are quite expensive, by the time you add on the base and the linking kits. It would be cheaper to just use tap water, I am beginning to think, but rain water is much better for plants. And I wash my car with it, too!

Talkback: Tulips

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 20:08
I feel exactly the same. My favourite colour for tulips is a good strong red - a wonderful contrast after the daffs, and the first red of the year after my chaenomeles. (Bet I have spelt that wrongly!)

Any one help

Posted: 09/04/2012 at 12:26

Aubretia was my first thought too, although I have seen vinca in flower now as well.

Growing holly as a pot plant?

Posted: 09/04/2012 at 12:25

I agree.    Holly is fairly slow-growing, so ideal for a pot and has the benefit of being evergreen.

I use holly prunings to put in a tub of spring bulbs.   It helps to deter the squirrels from digging the bulbs up, and the green leaves make the pot look more interesting until the shoots show.

Happy Easter

Posted: 09/04/2012 at 12:21

Happy Easter, everyone, but what is wrong with daffodils?   I have just been walking in the Dymock area of North Gloucestershire especially to see the fields, woods, banks, etc., covered in our native British wild daffodils - such profusion!     And far nicer than many of the botanical daffodils that now grace our verges.

Talkback: How to create a year-round pot display

Posted: 09/04/2012 at 12:17


Yes you can, but you will only have a display during the summer, as the nature of these plants is to die down in the winter.    Try some small evergreen shrubs, such as eunonymous or skimmia for winter colour, and add a few crocus, snowdrops, dwarf daffodils, etc., for spring colour.   There are some plants that like being grown in pots, such as agapanthus, patio roses, buzz budleias, etc.

Hope this helps.


Posted: 01/04/2012 at 18:50

I think your husband is correct and they will come up through the raised beds - but I would dig them up rather than using weedkiller.   I keep one clump of nettles, tucked away behind the greenhouse.   They are out of sight, and no one accidentally gets stung by them.    I harvest them quite frequently and put them in the compost bins, where they are a good organic accelerator.


Posted: 16/03/2012 at 21:41

How new are they?    If you have only very recently planted them, they are probably busy putting down roots, and the leaves will follow later when they have established themselves.

Talkback: Garden birds and garden pests

Posted: 16/03/2012 at 21:33

We put up a nest box early in 2010, but had no takers that year.    Last year a pair of great tits raised two broods in it, and are back this year.    We didn't see the young birds emerge from the box last year, but one day they were running around on our veggie patch.    Despite the parents calling to them from a tree, the fledglings didn't show any fear of us at all, and we were able to stand and watch their antics really close up.   It was magic!

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