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Posted: 12/02/2012 at 16:31

You cannot rely on one book having all the knowledge you need to make you a good gardener.    But, if you want a cheap source of books, try the charity shops.   They always have plenty of gardening books whenever I look.


Posted: 12/02/2012 at 16:27

I love these plants, but have never been able to get them to flower again.    I have had lots of new leaves, but no flowers.     Now I treat them like an annual - after all, they are as cheap as a bunch of flowers!

Can I move my peony?

Posted: 24/01/2012 at 21:25

I have moved peonies in the past.    They don't like being moved and tend to sulk.    I found it took them about four years before they flowered for me!

Remove Crocosmia

Posted: 24/01/2012 at 21:22

Some plants are just so invasive.    I had the same problem with crocosmia, and found it was just a case of keep at it.    Eventually I had taken enough corms up and confined it to a clump.    More do keep coming up, though, but after rain I find it quite easy to simply pull them out where I do not want them.     I also have the same problem with muscari or grape hyacinth.    I have been removing these from part of my garden now for a good two years, but there are still plenty there.   Perhaps another year of pulling them out, digging them out, etc., wuill do the trick, if I am lucky!

Invasive triffid-like bamboo

Posted: 19/01/2012 at 06:16

There seems to be only one solution to this bamboo, and that must be to dig it up.    It will probably take a long time to get rid of it, as I expect little bits left in the soil will start shooting again.    There are two kinds of bamboo.   One spreads and the other is clump-forming.   It is so annoying when a plant has been labelled with the wrong information, but you must now get rid of it, before it takes over your whole garden and demolishes your greenhouse for you!     Dig, and keep digging.    Sometimes these pesky plants take a couple of years or more to get rid of, but if you dig it out each time you see a shoot, with as much root as possible, you will eventually succeed.

Plants still in flower

Posted: 19/01/2012 at 06:09

Keen novice, my chaenomeles is now in full flower.   My advice would be to wait until yours has finished flowering before trying to move it.

The mild weather has meant I have been pottering around the garden far more than is usual in January.   I have even mown the lawn!   It seems a strange time of year to be dead-heading summer flowers!     However, the frosts over the last few days have put paid to the begonias, marigolds and nasturtiums, so I have removed them all now and am waiting to see all my spring bulbs come into flower - snowdrops are already doing so.

photos from the garden

Posted: 12/01/2012 at 09:54

Thanks, Graceland.   Isn't it a shame that gardeners don't label roses, as they last for years and someone else is bound to tend them in the future?


Posted: 11/01/2012 at 20:00

I would recommend that you try to bonsai something that is evergreen, then you will have interest all year round.

Keeping Cats off My Veg Patch

Posted: 11/01/2012 at 19:57

Try growing the curry plant.   They don't like the smell!

Redesign of garden

Posted: 07/01/2012 at 07:07

I had to smile when I read your post, ChrisBee.    My first husband was very adamant that I shouldn't remove any of his precious lawn.    I waited until he wasn't at home and dug a new wavy edged border, and he was very cross.   The next door neighbour gave me a whole load of self-seeded forget-me-nots and I planted these all along the edge of the border.    A week later I took another six-inches of lawn away all along the edge, and moved all the forget-me-nots to the new edge.    He didn't notice!   So, I did this several times until I had a lovely deep border for planting!     I must say, those forget-me-nots were very tolerant of being dug up weekly! 

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