Gillian Millard

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A week of rain = jungle garden!

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Hi Rosemummy, i managed to get some of my plants in today, hope they survive with no hardening off. I put in some Cosmos Dwarf ones and some Calendula Art Shades and some trailing Bidens, just cut around the edges of my small lawn for now, pulled out the Aquilegias that i do not want to self seed and left the others, now having a break for today

Would put some pics on, but not sure how to do it on here.

I am on the english rose forum too, if you are into roses its a good site, to learn stuff !



Posted: 31/05/2014 at 15:20

Hi, i dont use any pesticides, but attract lots of different birds to the garden, but when there is an infestation of aphids such as on my climbing roses i get out my pump sprayer with lance and put in a tiny bit of washing up liquid and spray them all off, if you get a large pump sprayer it should do the whole lot in one fill, i go into the bedroom and spray the top of the rose through the window and then go outside and do the rest from there, and anywhere else in the garden such as on the Honeysuckle i get the steps out to reach, and also i made a lacewing hotel and hung it in the middle of an evergreen shrub out of site, hope this helps a little, good luck

A week of rain = jungle garden!

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 14:57

Same here in Sheffield, the growth is amazing, but does look rather jungleish if there is such a word !  The grass is far too wet to cut just yet, will need a few days of dry weather to dry out, but it does look very lush i must say.  No sun today just cloudy and breezy, cant bring myself to get stuck in yet, and the hose is full of plants that need hardening off (my pet hate) and then planting out !  I wonder if i leave it until its sunny and will be end of May to plant straight out without hardening off would work ?

Help! Peaty and boggy soil ... any plant suggestions?

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 18:54

I would say that you dont want the roots of plants sitting in water, so make sure you have planty of drainage in the bottom of the planting areas, so that the roots sit in the stones  or gravel or whatever hardcore you use and not in the sodden soil. Bog plants are more tolerant of the wet than other plants.  Hope this helps


Slug Pubs - research opportunity

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 18:46

This is so funny, reading all the replies, at the moment i dont use anything but my small gardens  are packed with different plants, i do get slugs, and they are so annoying and when i see one i throw them onto the road and then the big birds eat them.  I dont use pesticides etc, and wish i could get a resident hedgehog because they devour them  Good Luck with the beer traps will have to try this myself


Orange alstromeria

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 18:27

Hi could you possibly put  a pic on of your alstromeria, just curious as i was wondering if it is crocosmia montbretia which i know spreads rapidly, and i had to dig mine out and gave it away ?

Is my conifer doomed

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 16:21

Hello there, personally i would think that it may not recover, i know someone that grew other things up the shrub to cover it such as ivy and clematis etc, but wouldnt you rather get it out and grow something nicer, it does look like it has got a bit large for the planting area as well, but if you like it for the birds that nest etc, (which the blackbirds loved in mine),  then do grow things up it, hope this helps.



Posted: 30/08/2013 at 10:30

My little wildlife pond needs some thinning out, under all those seedlings at front are a bed of pebbles and the stones ar starting to fall in

Talkback: Growing teasels

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 09:59

I only have a medium garden but have a clump of these and they are 2.7 metres high, they grew from seeds that fell from a plant i had in the corner, but they grew into my raised veg bed, so i didnt have the heart to move them, i am claiming it back though soon, but will let them stay in the corner. I originally grew them to attract goldfinches and when they came i also put a niger seed feeder up and they come all the time now with their babies as well which look strange without colour on their heads



Talkback: Growing teasels

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 09:46
Good ideas fidget, i didnt realise about the lavender seeds.
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