gardenning granny


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Can You Identify This Flower For Me Please??

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 13:53

some of the verges and roundabouts here, in the Languedoc, have been sown with a "wild flower mix" of poppies and californian poppies and that rich gold colour with a strong clear red poppy is stunning at the moment (March/April 2016) - I think I'll toss some seed into the ground and see if I can get a patch going - if the snails don't graze them off before they get going that is!

Worms/Leeches climbing up house wall...?

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 10:26

"over the fence" is a patch of wild scree frequented by ducks and I like them!

Unknown weed

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 10:23

They have millions of tiny white bulbs under the surface and you rarely can get them all out.  Try digging down deeply and remove every bulb you can find, then use weedkiller on any new shoots that appear.  Notoriously difficult to get rid of.  Good luck.

Worms/Leeches climbing up house wall...?

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 09:41

just had to water a newly planted ceanothus - realised I had an interloper when spray stopped - I removed an enormous snail from the spray head which extended it's horrible squishy foot as I pulled it out - and I did not stop to study it as I tossed it over the fence!

Greenhouses

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 13:40

I think you need to anchor it to the wall it's leaning on otherwise it will fall over!

Bokashi

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 12:16

My neighbour bought one but seems to have abandonned it.

It seemed a rather expensive bit of kit for not much result.

Greenhouses

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 12:13

Is there any way you can screen the site a bit?

I inherited by current greenhouse from a neighbour after he had lost the glass in two consecutive winters.  I sited mine in the angle between a side fence and a rear fence and have had no problems.

My daughter bought a polycarbonate one as she was concerned about broken glass and children, but she is in a windy site and we chased all over the garden to retrieve the panels which blew out.

If you can provide some shelter it would help.

 

 

 

 

Can I move plants this weekend

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 18:29

You don't say whereabouts you are.  I moved a lot of stuff this weekend - the soil is easily workable and full of worms and the frosts overnight clear quickly in the sunshine here.  It's getting a big rootball that is important with shrubs.

By the way, if you are moving roses be aware not to replant them where you've grown roses in the past, as they can suffer from rose sickness (unless you are prepared to remove tons of soil and replace with fresh).

Can I move plants this weekend

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 12:35

It's a great time to move perennials unless you are in the frozen north - split and replant and the soil is wet enough to settle them in without any more help.  Shrubs will move too, while they are still fairly dormant, though where I am everything thinks it's spring and is romping away.  Try to lift with a good root ball and disturb the roots as little as possible.

If the weather forecast is right, though, and we're in for ice and frost the ground will be too hard to do much.

Pots and Containers

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 12:26

slightly different tack - I needed large containers  for small shrubs and found big, square, black, rubbery plastic tubs in the builders merchants - intended for mixing cement I think.  They have a handle at either side so I have them on wheeled trolleys and can move them about as needed.

I've also used big green "muck tubs".  The beauty of these is that you can feed into them easily.  Don't forget to drill in some drainage holes though.  I usually place them round the edge, a little way up the side from the bottom so that I don't lose all the water I put in during a hot dry summer.

These are lighter to move around than pottery ones.

That said - the GC has some very nice ceramic pots in many colours and lavender likes to be dry - it also likes the sun!  Hydrangeas need lots of water and hellebores cope with daplled shade.

Hope that helps a bit.

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