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Good garden centre/nursery

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 12:51

Garden Centres tend to offer larger plant, in flower - you can see what you are getting but you pay the price for their nurturing.  On the whole bigger plants are more likely to suffer root check after planting.  They are also grown in a light compost and sometimes find it difficult to spread their roots out into your "real" garden soil.  In specialist nurseries you get the advantage to talking to the person who has actually raised the plant and will know where it is likely to do well.

When you buy online you are usually getting plugs or small plants which settle into garden soil more happily.  Also you are ready to offer TLC as you know they will have been a bit stressed while they travel to you.

Water logging

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 12:42

you don't mention what type of soil it is.  I garden on heavy clay and this quite simply doesn't drain.  Do you know what kind of soil is prevalent in your area?


Posted: 10/01/2015 at 12:35

Oh Susan - showing your age there - but you are so right.  I wonder why they never repeat the old Geoff Hamilton programmes - I'd have thought they were pretty timeless and he never said "dig it up and throw it away and go and buy another one" - invaluable gardening advice for those of us that love to recycle and rebuild.

plum tree or pear tree?!

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 12:26

sorry to add another damper - cherry trees have very shallow rooting systems.  I had a spectacular one - beautiful flowers and stunning autumn leaf colour but the roots punctured the lining of the nearby pond, and spread under a grassy area gradually lifting it.  I was devastated when I had to have it cut down and several years later I am still lifting near surface roots.  The upside of its removal is that everything round about now grows healthily.  Crab Apple John Downie is lovely - red and yellow fruits that make an excellent jelly and no root problems.

identify plant

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 15:53

I'm always confused between veronicas and perennial salvias (sages).....and then the teucriums come along and it all gets even more confusing.  I have to settle for the "plant with the lovely blue flowers"

Winter project

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 10:59

 not exactly a fairy garden fidget - but lots of fairies dotted around the grounds and a competition for children to see if they could find them all - not sure if it was only for last year or is a permanent exhibition.  Can't include more piccies as they seem to include a rather dumpy GG which spoils the sots!

It's my birthday

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 11:34

Happy Birthday Gemma - you must be well into that book now and ready to venture forth into the cold cold world....if only to check it's still there!

Orchid Help please!

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 15:21

It will depend what sort of orchids you have.  If they are phalenopsis (the most common ones sold in supermarkets and Ikea) they need to be in a light place, but not direct sunlight.  They cannot bear standing in water, so I stand the pot in a bowl and water from the top once a week.  Leave for an hour and then remove from the bowl, drain off excess water and put back in potholder.  When they have finished flowering (mine sometimes go on for seven or eight months) you can cut the bare stem back either to a new bud or back to the base if has dried out.  If you decide to repot do use orchid compost and mix with the soil already in the pot - it should be bulky to enable water to drain through quickly.

Some of the old roots will die back naturally, but you should get healthy new aerial roots appearing higher up.  I think there was an article on repotting orchids in the GW magazine last month - have a look and see.

Good luck.

Spring bulbs -too late ?

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 15:04

join the club Sunflower lady!

the ones I put in last week are already pushing through - don't forget to water them once you've planrted them.

cornus dogwood cuttings

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 14:54

I agree with Verdun - but this is the season to admire those lovely red stems.

If there are some going spare now is a good time to just poke them into the ground and some will almost certainly grow.

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Are you gardening in France too?

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more seed sowing queries

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how to grow Bignonia from seed

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guess who's hiding in my compost bin

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can anyone ID this plant please?

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how to get rid of it - and then will the wasps return next year 
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When can I put the geraniums out?

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