London (change)
Today 19°C / 12°C
Tomorrow 19°C / 11°C


Latest posts by Gardenmaiden

1 to 10 of 867

Pittosporum: When to prune?

Posted: Yesterday at 18:29

Hi, I had 2, one variegated and one green. Both had dark brown/purple flowers which was a surprise.

They were very unkempt and I pruned them to the shape I wanted (standard cube). I don't think its a problem to take that much off the height and tidy it up now. It will look abit bare but it will have the rest of the summer and autumn to grow.

My pittosporums now I just give a trim when the top gets untidy and also do the sides and lower down.

I haven't had any bits go brown or large chunks die off either.

Hope this helps.

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 22:38

Beechgrove is usually on a Thursday on BBC2 Scotland (sky channel 970) and on Sunday on BBC2.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 14:46

A few pics from yesterday before the rain kicked in:

Tomato in hanging basket.


Dahlia deck.


Verbascum olympicum.


Unnamed bare root roses from parkers.


Grape vine and wisteria.


The Instant Gardener

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 22:11

He is so laid back, he's horizontal. I did think the purple stuff was going to be more substantial than shreddings, but not so good an idea with toddlers as they put everything in their mouths.

The seed swap is a great place if you want to grow your own plants, fruit, veg and perennials.

The presenter used to be on Blue Peter.

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 16:41

The foxgloves are biennial, it takes 2 years to get to the flowering stage and then I think they die. So if you're worried about the young ones eating them, just pull them up. I've not heard of aquilegias being poisonous though.

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 09:00

AJ, which one is yours so we can look out for it.

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 09:00

PM me hollie and I'll get sorting.

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 21:01

I think I have seeds for pink/yellow and possibly some dark ones if you're interested.

Plant identification

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 13:53

Could No.2 possibly be dianthus (carnation)? I have this in my front garden and your pic looks like it.

Chinese foxgloves

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 13:51

I saw this last Friday in a garden centre in Uxbridge for £8.99 so I went on Ebay and bought a packet of 100 seeds for 99p. It did look a very nice plant, taller than me too.

1 to 10 of 867

Discussions started by Gardenmaiden

The Instant Gardener

Replies: 140    Views: 4544
Last Post: 26/07/2015 at 20:57

Dahlia ID and Other Plant ID

I bought these dahlias in February and there was no name on what variety they were. 
Replies: 8    Views: 181
Last Post: 04/07/2015 at 21:14

Slipper Orchid

How to look after once the flowers have dropped off 
Replies: 2    Views: 178
Last Post: 14/02/2015 at 17:19

Bargain Buy of 2015

What has been your best buy? Mine was a flaming katy for £1.00 and a slipper orchid £9.99. Never seen one 'in the flesh' before so hope I can keep it going. 
Replies: 29    Views: 1433
Last Post: 14/05/2015 at 07:12

Shrub ID

This has been growing in our hawthorn hedge and this year decided to be 12ft tall with read berries. I thought it migh be a pyracantha but not sure which one as there are no thorns. 
Replies: 17    Views: 1461
Last Post: 18/12/2014 at 21:51

Green tomatoes

Replies: 8    Views: 424
Last Post: 19/10/2014 at 19:25

Plant ID

Mystery plant at the bottom of my garden. I've never seen this before and it isn't something I planted. 
Replies: 13    Views: 504
Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 11:05

Moses in the bulrushes

Replies: 2    Views: 441
Last Post: 06/10/2013 at 11:09


What to do when the plant has gone over 
Replies: 3    Views: 603
Last Post: 13/08/2013 at 20:01
9 threads returned