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What to plant under Acer

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 13:02

Get a couple of pots of Muscari (Grape Hyacinths)they have a beautiful blue flower and will finish as your Acer is coming into this moment in time i would simply cover the area under the tree with pea shingle or decorative slate chips.Happy gardening..

do you do a "Chelsea chop ? if so what plants !

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 12:48

Also,have you had a look in those 99p stores (Andy the scientist)They've got decorative metal flower supports,and although they're a bit twee(butterflies and frogs etc etc)they're fine for the job and would blend in very quickly...aaaannnnd they're only 99p each...Happy gardening.

do you do a "Chelsea chop ? if so what plants !

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 12:37

The weather in Enfield this spring has been the beginning of April we had a flurry of SNOW and the last two weeks of April it was blazing HOT..since then its been quite wet and as I speak it's absolutely piddling down for the Chelsea chop..well I'll leave all that hard work to you younger folks..I just give my plot a good old fashioned HAIRCUT every spring and a good clear up..and it looks smashing....Happy Gardening you lovely people.

spring onions

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 13:01

Hiya all...don't give up guys and gals....our weather is extremely fickle as you are probably aware and I'm sure that It'll all work out in the end...I've been gardening in one form or another for 50 years and I can quite honestly say that I'm still learning..Happy Gardening everyone.

onions seeds or onion sets

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 12:55

Hiya grumpy3 welcome to the wonderful world of gardening...personally I'm a sets man..and if you want my opinion,I'd get out as soon as you can and buy your sets and get them in the ground...don't buy sets that are soft...make sure they are quite hard.Good luck and Happy Gardening everyone.

onions seeds or onion sets

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 16:27

Hiya neil0748 ...I've tried seed in the past and have never had a lot of luck..they take a bit of looking after....I would never use anything else but sets..just make sure that you get them from a reputable place (I order mine from The Daily MIrror gardening catalogue)and I've always had a decent yield....Happy Gardening.

spring onions

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 16:19

Hiya grandadgardener here....Edentoy has got the right idea...last year i sowed 3 rows of white lisbon in 3-4ft lengths of gutter,and brought them on in the greenhouse (unheated) when they were about 4inches high I slid the whole lot out of the guttering into the beds I'd prepared outside (end of May) and they done brilliantly.....gonna do the same this year...fingers crossed...happy gardening. 


Posted: 21/04/2012 at 11:37

Hiya Lucy3...That will be garden lovers have got to stick together methinks...Have a lovely weekend...x


Posted: 20/04/2012 at 18:36

Hiya Lucy3...pea shingle is perfect and no you don't have to wash it...I hope that your Clematis pull through....As I said before clematis adore warm roots so that pea shingle will be wonderful....Happy gardening dear lady...


Posted: 20/04/2012 at 14:38

Hiya Lucy3,when you've repotted the clematis,leave a 2inch gap at the top of the pot and fill with pebbles or other like crushed slate or something similar...the stones act as a mulch as well as in the summer the stones will absorb the suns heat during the day and act like a radiator at night(All Clematis love their roots warm)Good luck.

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