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Latest posts by Jess is in the Garden

tools I no longer need

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 14:11

Thanks all 

What is best around decking

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 11:59

Blairs I love Phormium - your garden must be pretty big to have several - I have none, no space! I particularly love Chocomint, which I've never actually found though to buy.


tools I no longer need

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 11:57

Have tried Gumtree and eBay, with no success and wondered if anyone knew of a gardening website that allows members to put stuff up for sale on a board?

Thank you!

Aubrieta and fuschia

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 11:52

What?! A gaden centre visit on a Tuesday and CHILD-FREE to boot?

Envious? Moi?


worst gardening old wives tales

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 11:49

Pissenlit (literally means to wet the bed!) is dandelion in French, yes. That's because they drink it as a tisane - it is a known diuretic - and blimey is it effective!

What is best around decking

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 11:12

Hello and welcome, Simon 

A bit of info about what exposure your garden has, would be very useful. 

Grasses generally like it dry, free-draining and sunny, above all.

A photo would also help to give us an idea of how large a site it is etc., if you have time to take one, so we know how large the plants can be that would go there.

There is such a vast array, that narrowing it down a bit helps.




indoor palm

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 11:06

Hello All, 

Whatever happened to Spring from last week? Cold and dull here in London.

My little indoor palm, which was flourishing and happy as anything before the Winter, is now anything but happy.

It tries to put out new leaves - these eventually turn darker green, then brown, then wilt. I have cut many off already.

It is about a 3rd of the density it used to be.

I fed it a week ago, in an attempt to revive it a bit. Nothing.

It is in its usual bright spot in the living room, up high on a shelf, away from direct draught and all sources of heat. It has plenty of sun and was very happy up there for 2 years or so.

Has it got a disease?

I can't see any insects. Maybe a rust??

All other plants in my living room are fine and healthy.

Thank you and may the warm weather soon return!


After some help with colourful yellow shrubs for my garden...thank you :)

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 13:18

Good point Poddington - winter colour is so often neglected. Winter jasmine has bright yellow flowers on bare stems and looks lovely.

Keyser - that's wonderful! Didn't know that one. Sadly my garden is too packed with plants and too tiny for a cotinus - but one day.....

Lizness - brilliant list!

havadayoff - i have a wee yellow potentilla and it reminds me of yellow buttercups - so pretty.

Buying ladybirds or larvae?

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 14:52

Good point 

Think I got a bit carried away with the idea of a ladybird mansion, then tried to justify buying some larvae!


Discussions started by Jess is in the Garden

Wilting pelargonium leaves

What disease is this? 
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Last Post: 12/10/2015 at 12:23

What is this succulent please?

Label fell off and I can't remember! 
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Last Post: 04/10/2015 at 20:23

Phalenopsis failing to thrive and eventually dying.

Lost 3, this is my last one standing... 
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Last Post: 11/09/2015 at 22:44

Lobelia/Pratia pedunculata or Blue Star Creeper

Where can I buy it? 
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Last Post: 29/01/2015 at 10:02

Golfinches have landed!

Best seed for them? 
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Last Post: 08/02/2015 at 19:34

Dreaded thrips

How can I get the better of them this year?! 
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Last Post: 28/01/2015 at 19:32

Clematis Cirrhosa

does it flower in its first year? 
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Last Post: 08/01/2015 at 12:35

Sternbergia Autumn. daffodils

Still no flowers... 
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Last Post: 27/01/2015 at 16:23

Planting up my grandmother's abandoned grave

Any ideas? 
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Last Post: 18/10/2014 at 19:48


Best online retailer? 
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Last Post: 27/01/2015 at 13:12

Clematis Alba Luxurians

Why do I have to prune it mid. February? 
Replies: 6    Views: 421
Last Post: 01/10/2014 at 21:31

Nematodes for thrips

Too late to apply in a sheltered London garden? 
Replies: 3    Views: 360
Last Post: 24/09/2014 at 14:49

Gardenia to be moved

From outdoors to indoors 
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Last Post: 31/01/2015 at 11:08

Thalictrum needs a boost

Will it re flower if I deadhead or more? 
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Last Post: 17/07/2014 at 21:08

Erodium Bishops Form

Has never re-flowered :-( 
Replies: 17    Views: 563
Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 22:43
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