Latest posts by happycottontail

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? 

Worm casts

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 14:07

Just google some domestic lawn care companies.  Some of them do say they are able to deal with worm casts, and it's not all that expensive.  Have a look at  www.lawnscience.co.uk  for example.

Harlow Carr

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 19:52

Yes, there is Gertie Grass!  Don't know if there's a Cheshire Cat.  You'll have to report back.

Plenty of benches around Gertie.  Also, 6 manual wheelchairs and 3 mobility vehicles are available.  If you think something like that would help you, you will need to book.  Ring 01423 724681 for more information.

The Gardens cover 68 acres, but you don't have to see everything on your first visit.  Enjoy!  We look forward to your review!

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