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What is this yellow flower?

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 13:43

could be Tigridia or Tiger Flower?

Aldi pop up Easter advert

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 15:15

just installed ad blocker. Happy days - listening to GQT on the iPlayer whilst browsing this forum so really don't want Coke jingle interrupting, thanks

Lily beetles

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 15:04

good point lamweedy but hopefully won't affect the berries as I'd only spray the leaves. I took about 200 sawfly caterpillar off my gooseberry bush last summer. Sadly only noticed them when they had munched most of the leaves. No fruit for my gooseberry jam! The plant has survived but I want jam this year!

Aldi pop up Easter advert

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 14:56

the coke advert is driving me nuts. Every time I go on a new page or refresh it serenades me.

Lily beetles

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 14:27

Top tip Bee! I think I've also heard that it keeps off mossies? My gooseberries were massacred by sawfly last year so  I'll definitely be giving that a go.

Lily beetles

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 12:22

I grow lots of fritillaries and lilies and I hate these pests. I agree with Tim, pesticides are easier but will kill everything. Vigilance will pay off and they are active at the moment. I recently caught several amorous pairs of lily beetles and dispatched them immediately (at least they died happy). It's also worth checking for their eggs on the underside of lily leaves. A long line of orangey-red eggs that you can scrape off cackling with glee.

What to do with my camellia!

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 09:58

Hi Bee G

Is it growing close to a tree, or other large shrubs? I had a camellia growing in a border with some rather unattractive, overgrown "car park shrubs". For years it stayed the same size as it was when I bought it (tiny!). I decided to renovate the border and it was the only plant left. Once its large neighbours had been dispensed with it grew rapidly and flowered the next spring, so it obviously didn't like the competition for water, light and food. I'm going to have to prune it quite severely this year as it is growing into quite a large tree. I have another growing very happily under a tree in the back garden, but it is planted a few metres from the tree trunk and flowers very early, before the tree comes into leaf. I make sure it is watered regularly.  It's a pink one called Debbie, I think. I wish I could claim to have planned it that way but it is just a happy accident - I tend to buy plants and then think about where they can go! - so if you know the variety, might be worth googling to see when it flowers, some flower earlier than others. If it is quite small, it should be fine in a large pot in a sheltered position where it gets some sun (avoid morning sun as the flowers will scorch if it has been frosty overnight). Use good soil based compost and perhaps mix in some ericaceous as they supposedly like more acid soils.  Mine are fine in London clay. Definitely worth trying to grow it somewhere else as they are such lovely plants.


Dobies email

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 09:13

principle and principal does it for me

and yes, we do teach the differences in schools!

Plants in shade

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 08:59

Hi Snowy

They should do. Ferns especially will thrive in fairly deep shade. I have similar conditions in my shady London garden and grow Ger Macrorhizzum, aquilegias and a white dicentra and they are all very happy. May take a while to establish, but they are all perennials so although they made need a bit of care when first planted, once established they will come back better every year. You could also try Solomon's seal - this is flowering in my garden at the moment in a very shady spot - and pulmonarias. I find that P. Trevi Fountains in particular grows very happily in quite deep, dry shade. The flowers are mauve and blue, but I really grow it for its fantastic silvery spotted leaves. Once the flowers have gone over (around now) I cut the flower stalks off and the leaves grow to about 3 foot long. They really light up otherwise dark areas. Just make sure the soil is kept moist. I also have more recently been growing P. Sissinghurst, which has white flowers (if you want to stick to the white theme) and seems very happy in partial shade - I had to make sure it was well watered last year, but it seems to be thriving with very little attention now. There will be lots of other suggestions - it's surprising how many plants will do very well in shade.

Happy planting!


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Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 13:04

lovely magnolia! they are such a joy to see in Spring and such a fleeting pleasure. I love the way you can see the furry flower buds in the second shot, like velvet mittens.

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