Gardening Grandma

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Posted: 09/07/2012 at 17:21

If  you go to the garden centre, there will be penty of plants in flower. Those can go in straight away. Plants in pots can go in more-or-less when you like, though if you leave it much later than this, they won't have much time to settle in and make root before everything starts to die back. You need to think about whether your soil is dry and light or wet or clayey and get advice (or look in a gardening book) for plants that suit those conditions, as well as how much sun the border gets and how tall you want the plants to be. Do you want shrubs or flowering perennials or annuals? The first two are more permanent but the third, annuals will give lots of brilliant colour.  There's one thing, though - if you put something in that gets too tall or doesn't like the condtions, you can always move it and gather gardening experience. Have fun!

What is your kind of garden?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 17:12

These gardens sound lovely, This is the kind ofd gardening that I enjoy, too, but I have a relative whose garden is completely free of weeds and beautifully disciplned. Earth shows areound each plant, freshly turned with a special three-pronged tool, and every plant does as it is told. Roses and clematis flower their socks off and anything that does not meet her requirements is ruthlessly pulled out and thrown  away. The lawns are striped and perfectly free of anyting except grass. The result is a peaceful and beautiful garden with a profound sense of order. But if I think about the kind of garden that I would have if I could, it wouldn't be that. My dream garden would be large and looking out on fields and hills. It would have venerable old trees and wold be stuffed full of herbaceous plants and flowering shrubs, with enough space for repeat planting and curving lines of colour. (There would be a walled garden and a conservatory overlooking the best view, too, in this particular fantasy).

What I really dislike is a completely neat garden with lots of annuals like lobelia and salvias. Sorry in advance to anyone who loves this. I want a quintessentially British garden - I would say an English garden, except that I live in Wales.All I need is the skill to create it and a bit more space.

Pruning pussy willow

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 12:03

It is touching the fence. I looked on the FC site where it said they only grow to 6-10 metres. I'd guess it is about 8 metres now, at five years old. I'd be gutted to take it down because it is a lot more beautiful than the houses behind my garden, but perhaps I am being unrealistic...

July in the garden!!

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 12:00

We do, too. Penalty of having two dogs peeing on it and the many dandelions allowed to go to seed in neighbouring gardens.

Rambling Rose

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 08:21

An organic liquid fertiliser would be best at this time of year. (MiracleGro is not right for all roses due to its high level of chemical salts, I have read.)

Talkback: Earwigs

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 08:11

Having just stumbled on this thread, I'm wondering whether Triffd House's abundant spiders could be red spider mites, which do damage plants and are not actually red until autumn. It was pretty warm in April.

Red Insects

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 08:00

Just did some research on the net. Velvet mite larvae have six legs and feed on blood from spiders, etc, and occasionally from humans! The adults (eight legs) feed on vegetable matter and garden debris. Sometimes called harvest mites, they can attach to the skin of animals and bite them. They live in garden and woodland debris. Red spider mites are much more common  and damage plants, but are only red in autumn. They lay their eggs on the underside of leaves.

I know nothing - this is just a bit of research. But it looks as though they don't nest in the ground and create heaps of soil.

Pruning pussy willow

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 21:16

Thanks, Joe. While we're on the subject, do you think I'll get away with it being so close to the fence?

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 17:43

Found the address. Wrote the letter.


BBC Audience Services
PO Box 1922

8TH July 2012-07-08


Dear Sirs,

I would like to complain about the cancellation of BBC Gardeners World for the entire month of July, the busiest time in the garden. I have been unable to make this complaint online because your messaging service will not permit me enough characters to make my point and also it seems that one can only complain about a broadcast programme, not the cancellation of a programme.  That only merits a ‘comment’. Frustrating!

At one time, there was a wealth of gardening programmes. Of the few remaining, GW is iconic. I believe that in this day and age, to regard gardening as a minority interest is astonishingly short-sighted. We are in a recession where everyone is encouraged to make, renovate and grow things, yet the information needed to do so is being given a very low priority.

Furthermore, when much of our countryside is being built over and such vital creatures as bees are becoming endangered, the private garden has never been more important as a habitat and food source. We should be encouraging and fostering gardening as a vital part of our country’s future, not reducing its profile.  Almost everyone has the potential for a garden, even if it is only a balcony or window-box. In creating a garden, they are not only contributing to their own mental and emotional well-being, but to the well-being of our nation and its food supplies. As a nation, we can no longer produce enough food for our population and we are losing the insects we need to preserve our food supply.  This is more important than who wins Wimbledon!

Sport is great and this is an historic year, but It is simply untrue that there is no time for a half-hour gardening programme  - just cancel some of those repeats!  There are also BBC1, BBC 3 and BBC 4. We gardeners don’t mind changing channels!

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 17:10
sotongeoff wrote (see)

To complain to the bbc


I've made my complaint but find myself even more irritated and frustrated but the fact that I can't make all the points I want to make because the beeb's email meesager will not allow me enough characters! Only a letter will do!

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