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plum trees

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 14:51

Help!!!mine have gone all wrinkly..see pic, any one got any suggestions while we are on this topic?

 they hav also gone brown at the edges. Not all the tree is affected. I have'nt sprayed it (ever) is that wrong?


Talkback: Lily beetles

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 11:01

We have a lot of lillies in our borders and most have been munched by the dreaded lily beetles. Lost count how many I found.  I  discovered that they make a squeeking noise to warn their mates of attack, and if they drop off the plant, they lie on their backs so you cant see them...cunning little rotters!! A good way of catching them is to cup your hand under the area where the beetle is positioned and tip the plant into you hand, so the beetle lands in your hand and  not on the soil, then crush it with your finger nails. Got quite fed up doing this so I use Bug spray on all the lilies,  that seemed to finish them off and I have'nt seen any since..ha!     It is a shame they do so much damage, as they are actually quite a pretty bug.

How did you get into gardening?

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 16:36

Love your story Mcavity, really made me laugh! Some really enjoyable posts here, so here goes with my story.

I have always had a bit of an interest in gardening and our flat in Cheltenham came with a very large garden. However it didnt get much of a look in for years, as my spare time was taken up with my horse, who sadly passed away 3 years ago now.  I decided not to replace him due to costs and time, but loving the outdoors and being artistic, my blank canvass of a garden was beconing!!

Hubby bought me a mini green house to start with and within a year, I got a second hand "real" one cheap online. He also built me some raised beds for the veggies.The best bit is, hubby, who is an interior designer,


has also got the bug and we are finally sharing a hobby. He likes doing all the design and stuctural side and I do all the plants. It has also inspired my Dad, who is 84 to get out in his garden again and we chat for hours about it, which is lovely!

Will anything grow in full shade?

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 16:30

I have been very lucky with the Hostas and Solomons Seal in my "woodland" garden, they are untouched by the slimey brigade, its either because we have a shed nearby where a hedgehog family live, or it might be that when we had our trees lopped, we spread the wood shavings out along the path and they dont like to go over it. 

Name this plant challenge

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 15:53

Gosh, I didnt know Euphorbia grew that tall!

thanks guys.


Name this plant challenge

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 14:15

I had some seeds from who knows where. This plant grew to about 4 feet last year and I cut it down in the autumn. It has seeded itself this spring and I have a few seedlings coming on. Does anybody know what it is. It does not flower.


Will anything grow in full shade?

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 12:45

Dont make the same mistake we made, get a tree surgeon in before you start planting

get the trees thinned and topped first, then prepare your beds. I have got lots of interesting plants including a lot that have been mentioned. Aquelegias do quite well, I have just planted a Solomons Seal that looks very pretty and some white fox gloves, ferns, etc

 Oops hope the pic I uploaded isnt too big.

Can think of any veg that will tolerate shade except wild garlic.


Posted: 21/06/2013 at 10:06

If its any consolation, mine are very slow to get started too. 

hollyhock growth

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 17:25

I have tried 3 times to get hollyhocks going from seed and had very mixed results.

Any tips?


Very large garden - where to start

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 11:05

Good luck. I was in a similar position, but my garden was less jungle, more shady bare patches from so many trees. I spent some time researching what would grow in shady, dry areas and did a bit of experimenting. As you are near the coast, I am sure there will be specific plants that will thrive in your area and soil. Check out the RHS book of plants, it lists this sort of thing. As many others have said, divide you garden into  plots /areas and work on one or two at a time, you can always go back and change or develop it in the future, thats the fun part!!


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