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Nothing to do with gardening

Posted: 23/11/2016 at 20:34

I like to make old-fashioned pomanders - stud an orange with cloves, hang it up somewhere and it smells lovely.

Leaf mould

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 21:56

I make leaf mould every year. I only have a small garden so am very picky about the leaves I collect! There is a fantastic old lime tree and those leaves break down very easily I find, within a year. I put them in black bin bags, punch some holes in them and make sure they are wet or at least somewhere where they will get rained on. After a while, when they have noticeably reduced in volume, I empty them into two old bins, which are effectively giant wormeries and the worms break them down into sticky, crumbly "black gold" in no time. I sieve the leaf mould and return most of the worms to the bins. There are lots of other trees around, and most of their leaves seem to end up in my garden. Not having a shredder or a mower, I don't bother with London Plane leaves - they are huge and like wooden dinner plates and take years to break down - I just put those out for the council to collect and process and burn some for woodash which goes on the border or in the compost bin. Similarly, I get rid of most of the sycamore leaves, as I find they just go slimy. I can put up with the bags stacked in various corners around the garden in the winter. From spring, I gradually process them and spread the leaf mould on the borders in the summer to help reduce watering. It is lovely stuff. Usually by the time the first leaves start to fall - at the end of August - I have processed the previous year's harvest and it all starts again! It has really improved the quality of my soil, which was sick and yellow when I took on my garden and is now black and full of life. It's definitely worth doing.

Can you tell me what this is please

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 21:34

looks like a passionflower to me

Growing flowers for a wedding on 5 August?!

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 13:40

Hi James

It's worth a go but a risky strategy! As Ladybird has pointed out, lots of your favourites will not be in season although there will be alternatives. You need to do some research on what will be available (L has already mentioned a few) and keep an open mind, as these may not be quite what you have in mind.  Best to research this ASAP as some things (hardy annuals, bulbs, perennials) might need to be planted in the Autumn to give them a good chance - if you buy them later as established plants they will be much more expensive. As well as perennials and possibly some annuals, there might be some shrubs that are still in flower then - possibly philadelphus for example. You should definitely think about growing some good foliage plants as well as flowers. And bear in mind that the weather, pests and diseases etc can scupper even the best laid plans. You will need to grow a lot to ensure that you have enough,and stagger the sowing times of any annuals and bulbs to ensure you have flowers at their peak at the right time . It would definitely help if you can protect some of your  precious plants in a greenhouse. Perhaps you could focus on providing flowers/ foliage for the venue and buy in the flowers that you want for the bouquet? In short, do your research, give it a go but be prepared to make alternative plans nearer the day!


Gladioli seeds

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 12:31

agree with Ladybird4 - they would eventually flower but as you cannot be sure what the resulting plants would look like, it probably isn't worth the bother. If you let the leaves die down and then dig up the corms (I find they don't survive if left in the ground over winter. I store mine in my shed), you may find lots of little baby ones around the main corm. You could try planting these up and growing them on, but again they will take a long time to mature and flower. You would eventually have replicas of the main plants though.

What is this plant called?

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 12:04

looks like pheasant berry - also known as Himalayan Honeysuckle (don't panic, not Himalayan balsam!)

Japanese Anenome

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 18:03

yes I have to agree that they are thugs. I value them under the tree in my back garden, where little else will flower once the tree is in leaf, but I made the mistake of planting some in a nice sunny border in my front garden. They are much too happy and I will have to dig them up and thin them out. They are very pretty at this time of year though and to be honest the rest of the plants in the border have run out of steam by the end of June. They sulk for about a year when first planted but once they get going there is no stopping them.


Posted: 24/08/2016 at 12:58

Hi Lynne. I agree with Verdun. They are notorious for sulking after being moved, especially when well established. Pamper it in the Autumn with a good dose of muck, make sure it doesn't dry out and your plant should reward you with flowers in the spring. If there are lots of healthy leaves, it sounds like it is gearing up for a show!


Plant identity please

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 18:50

could be actea perhaps? long white fluffy flower spikes usually?

Quick question for the composting experts

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 20:57

Hi Daryl2

I shouldn't worry about the worms making a bid for freedom. I have noticed a lot around the lid every time I have opened mine lately. I think they come to the top when it rains - and of course the rain hammers on the lid. They usually settle back down. Sounds like you are doing all the right things with the content.


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