Latest posts by happycottontail

Loose lavender

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 10:46

I already have some upright lavender Hidcote in a narrow bed, which is great.  But there's another area of the garden next to the patio where I would like to plant some looser, more sprawling lavender. This area only has about an 8" depth of soil, but I guess this should be enough. It gets sun all day. Which lavenders would you recommend?

Recommendations for Rose food

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 09:11

Thanks for all the help everyone.  I went to my local garden centre, and bearing in mind what Dave Morgan had said, bought some Toprose granules, which was the only one that mentioned extra magnesium.


Recommendations for Rose food

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 10:54

What should I be feeding my climbing roses right now?  Some are in pots and others in the ground.  Which is better, liquid feed or granules?  Is there any food that will help prevent black spot?  (For health reasons I can't use a foliar spray)

Any advice on the above would be gratefully received.  Thanks in advance!

Overwintering begonia tubers

Posted: 30/10/2015 at 21:13

Thanks people - you are a mine of information! 

Verdun, should I just sit them on newspaper or wrap them in it?

Overwintering begonia tubers

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 14:47

Colin, this sounds so easy and obviously works well for you!  Does it depend on having fairly mild winter temperatures?   I live in North Yorkshire and don't have a greenhouse, just a shed.

Overwintering begonia tubers

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 11:18

My basket begonias, bought as plants, have been superb this year and are still producing a few flowers.  Can I keep them for next year?  If so, please tell me what to do!  Here is a pic taken mid August.



New bulb storage

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 10:41

I bought various spring bulbs last week but didn't have time to plant them before the rains came.  I want to put them in the ground rather than pots, so planting may be delayed for a week or two.  Should I store the bulbs in the dark or the light?

Stone the crows!

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 22:18

Well, well, I just go away for a couple of days and come back to find that my thread has been hijacked, with a fair bit of unpleasantness along the way. So I want to say thank you to Northern Lass for the helpful link about dead crow decoys, and to Jo47 for gently trying to get the topic back on track.   

Agastache Black Adder

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 16:46

Thanks Verdun.  They are in clay soil and get sun from first thing till about 3pm.

Agastache Black Adder

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 16:18

Is it quite common for the leaves at the bottom of the stems to turn yellow?  I have two of these beautiful perennials, but only one is affected.  Though I think I have treated them both the same.  Should I have fed them regularly with Tomorite? 

Discussions started by happycottontail

Treatment for yellow and curling leaves

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August feed for climbing roses?

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Hints on growing Dianthus, please

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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 17:04

Loose lavender

Recommendations please 
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Last Post: 11/04/2016 at 10:51

Loose lavender

Looking for recommendations 
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Last Post: 11/04/2016 at 21:19

Recommendations for Rose food

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Last Post: 11/04/2016 at 13:01

Overwintering begonia tubers

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Last Post: 31/10/2015 at 17:43

New bulb storage

In the dark or light? 
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Last Post: 29/10/2015 at 18:36

Agastache Black Adder

Yellowing leaves 
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Last Post: 07/08/2015 at 00:09

Stone the crows!

Well, not literally, but they are a big problem in my garden 
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Last Post: 07/08/2015 at 22:18

White Dianthus "Memories"

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Last Post: 25/07/2015 at 17:36

A Shropshire Lad rose

Second crop? 
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Last Post: 24/07/2015 at 18:16

Great wodges of blackfly on my nasturtiums

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Last Post: 20/07/2015 at 07:56

The what and when of feeding clematis

Guidelines please! 
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Last Post: 15/06/2015 at 22:22

Giant poppies

Keep, transplant or ditch? 
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