Gardening Grandma

Latest posts by Gardening Grandma


Posted: 09/03/2013 at 08:24

What a lovely problem,Itchy! Love the name, too! hope you really enjoy the process of identifying and naming them and learnng their preferences.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 08:19

Flobear, you made me laugh.

Verdun, you are so right. We are getting acquainted.

MOB rants

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 08:16

Good morning, ranters! GW last night and a weekend to look forward to. What's to rant about? Bought a new hellebore this week and am going to order some young plants to grow on in pursuit of the beautiful garden that is somehow always just beyond my reach but always beckoning. Spring is springing and today somehow seems quite spring-like despite the cold and grey skies. Seems unworthy to complain. Politics, neighbours, slugs, uncertain weather, pollution, nuclear threat, all real, but life is still desirable. Somebody, put me right. There must be something to be miserable about!


How do I get rid of ivy and wild asparagus vine?

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 08:02

i looked it up yesterday and found that it can be invasive in parts of the UK, but a photo would end the uncertainty. I didn't know about wild hops being eaten in this way - fascinating!

GW gardening clubs

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 07:58

Hi Lyn. hope you enjoyed Drac, though it doesn't sound like a book to lead you into peaceful sleep! I'm reading at the other end of the spectrum, 'The Hawk and the Dove.' Now there's a gentle, relaxing book.

I'd love to hear from other gardeners who follow this forum, maybe those who don't usually contribute publicly, to learn whether or not there is any interest in this idea. (The clubs, not the bedtime books!!)

GW gardening clubs

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 00:15

Many have folded, I think. So in this day of easier travel, they would have to cover a somewhat larger area, but could then still be viable. They'd need publicity and relevant activities, though traditional things could still be done.

P.S. In case you think I never sleep, I've been off-colour today and have spent the day alternately dozing and following this forum. So, now, I'm not tired! Must be better!

GW gardening clubs

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 23:54

The usual suspects who contribute are too far apart. It depends on those who use this forum and never actually contribute publicly, and also who they know who might be interested. (Some threads have had several thousand visits and far fewer contributors.) I'd love to see a resurgence of local gardening networks.

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 23:48

It was a bit of a rant, Brummie, though an enjoyable one and you certainly have a point. I guess GW is not the place for in-depth info. I liked learning about some of the snowdrop varieties and, really, just looking at plants and seeing a bit more of their potential. There is something so wholesome about them, it always makes me feel peaceful.

GW gardening clubs

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 23:29

One of the things I wanted to do when I retired was to join a gardening club but I found that the local ones had closed down. Reading the seed and plant swap threads on this forum made me realise that people love and need contact with other gardeners. I began to wonder whether the network here, which involves far more people than usually contribute publicly, could lead to the formation of new clubs, even if they met only once a month or once every two months. There could then be local seed and plant swaps and the chance to get local gardening gurus to speak on topics of relevance,as well as the opportunity to visit each other's gardens. It could also be an extension of the GW 'empire' and create renewed interest in the programme and magazine. 

How do I get rid of ivy and wild asparagus vine?

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 23:18

I think asparagus vine is the same thing as asparagus fern, a rampant climber that can also spread invasively.

Discussions started by Gardening Grandma


Help identifyiing plant, please. 
Replies: 2    Views: 1145
Last Post: 29/07/2013 at 19:36

Compost heaps and rats

How to prevent rat infestation 
Replies: 66    Views: 47295
Last Post: 21/10/2017 at 17:59

Lady Banks rose

Replies: 0    Views: 1138
Last Post: 20/05/2013 at 10:05

Jeyes fluid uses

Replies: 30    Views: 66743
Last Post: 21/02/2017 at 23:13

Little Treasures

Special little places to visit and buy plants  
Replies: 4    Views: 1283
Last Post: 14/03/2013 at 21:34

GW gardening clubs

Extension of GW seed and plant swaps? 
Replies: 18    Views: 1536
Last Post: 09/03/2013 at 19:37

The first Gardeners' World

What do we think? 
Replies: 201    Views: 20503
Last Post: 31/03/2013 at 22:49

MOB rants

a place to lt off steam about all the irritating and/or stupid ideas you have come across lately 
Replies: 6    Views: 1358
Last Post: 03/03/2013 at 12:47

MOB rants

a place to lt off steam about all the irritating and/or stupid ideas you have come across lately 
Replies: 1731    Views: 116731
Last Post: 12/10/2013 at 19:46

Non-flowering dianthus

How to regenerate dianthus 
Replies: 9    Views: 6529
Last Post: 06/02/2013 at 13:47

B******* Magpies

Ways of preventing magpies driving away smaller birds? 
Replies: 25    Views: 27605
Last Post: 10/12/2014 at 23:16

Can I train a rambling rose over an arch?

Is this rose too rampant for its position? 
Replies: 6    Views: 5546
Last Post: 25/02/2013 at 20:38

Early flowering white rose

Finding the name of this unusual rose 
Replies: 8    Views: 2146
Last Post: 03/02/2013 at 18:47

getting on with the neighbours

Replies: 22    Views: 15603
Last Post: 21/11/2012 at 13:17

Pruning pussy willow

Replies: 4    Views: 2428
Last Post: 09/07/2012 at 12:03
1 to 15 of 17 threads