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Hester Scott

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Primroses changing colour?

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 10:27

Are the new flowers fully out?  Buds often look paler before they develop fully.  Can't think of any other reason for this other than starvation.  Well done for rescuing them.  It's nearly as bad as watching an animal die observing the way they treat plants in supermarkets.  All that effort raising them, transporting them, not to mention the peat, and then tossed.


Posted: 14/01/2014 at 16:40

Sacococca, Christmas Box , would be great and v easy to grow as long as it is not too dry. Different varieties tho Confusa seems recommended.  It flowers in winter, early spring with a strong perfume so great for bees. Evergreen,which is another bonus, and it would look super with the olives.

Pitch Forks & flt tyned lifting forks

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 18:11

Mistakenly posted on the lawn heading.  Yep!  Not a pitch fork.  We called it a graip, but looking on the Internet most pictures looked lighthan than that fork. 

Lawn revival got me thinking

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 17:49

Interested in Sarah Raven referring to that fork as a pitch fork!  A pitch fork is something else entirely and is a lighter fork for hay making etc.  what she used is just a fork and is also called a graip, tho that may be a regional term. 

Just moved - horrible garden

Posted: 25/12/2013 at 07:42

Deb.  you are right.  You are overwhelmed.  And of course you are grieving for your old garden.  Mine faces east and while I would love more sun I find the mornings wonderful and after all that is often the sunniest part of the day.  And a new project!!  Lucky you!!

What tree is this?

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 10:07

Seedlings are easy to pull up, and yes, a beautiful tree you have.

Oak tree seedling

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 21:31

Oaks need space and an open position to grow.  Nothing overhanging.

Talkback: Shepherd's purse

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 22:28
Heard another name for this.....jumping Jesus. It' got lots of names.

Wasps on potato stems

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 22:23

One of my cosmos plants got bent over at ground level and a wasp homed in and kept rasping away.  I suppose the stem got bruised and was leaking some nice wasp juice. I heaped soil over the spot but it died anyway.

Paul's Himalayan musk rambler/ Mme Alfred Carriere

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 17:25

I put mme a c on a north facing wall of the house and it is totally massive.  I love it but it gets terrible black spot and too big to spray.  I cut a huge branch off over an inch in diameter and as it had a fork I used it as a prop in another part of the garden.  Some time later noticed white roses where I never expected! .  Only rose cutting I ever took, and if I had retried it would'nt have worked.

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Talkback: Garden pests

For the first time ever I'm considering giving up my allotment, as I have never had a year like it. I must have sown or transplanted peas a... 
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