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Latest posts by Jess is in the Garden

How do I trim my Carex Frosted Curls?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 16:21

Many grasses still have the odd brown winter leaf here and there - if you leave them alone, they usually go brown all the way to the bottom and then you can easily detach without using any cutters at all.

You can cut off the bad bits now if you want, but when the rest of the leaf grows it may look a bit odd! Maybe just restrict the cutting to the brown bit only and wait for more nice, green curls to come out!

Patience in gardening is a virtue (which I don't always have...)

Native/traditional British plants for office plants?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 16:18

how about one of these Myles?

relatively problem-free

Where do you grow your Allium's?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 16:12

Hi lucky3 - not sure what honey bells are - but possibly another name for fritillaries? 

I've got loads in my tiny garden - you may find some still flowering now, already sprouted in little pots, depending on where you are in the country. Down south where I am, the flowers have finished now.

There's a great site called that do mail order and also have a really good site that divides plants up into moist/dry shade lovers/partial or full shade lovers/ferns/grasses/perennials - all very easy to read with good explanations.

Have a look at that to see what you like most and take it from there!

Maybe think about a colour scheme you'd like, plus whether you want seasonal interest for most of the year or not and what might be flowering at the same time as another plant. 

I was a new gardener 2 years ago and have made so many errors, but the beauty of plants is that you don't often get anything really badly wrong - if it doesn't work, you can always move plants when dormant in autumn and try another site the following year

Where do you grow your Allium's?

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 21:37

Fritillaries are native meadow flowers and do well in some sun (mine are part sun scattered around mature shrubs). They wouldn't like full shade. 

Are you wanting more suggestions for other partial shade loving plants?


What screening plant to block out brick building?

Posted: 11/05/2013 at 20:47

tall bamboo?

Slugs may destroy my life

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 23:08

oh god, poor you! 

funny the nematodes didn't work - did you do it all to the letter? it's just they work really well for several people i know...

good luck.

best kind of bird feeder?

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 23:06

So far I've only really scattered a few peanuts around, but mainly squirrels get those...and whenever I tried a sunflower shaped wire bird feeder (hanging type) all the nuts kept getting soaked and spoiled.

What's the best type to use which also protects the food from wet?

I have loads of blue tits, blackbirds, robins and some wrens.


Nesting Doves

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 22:59

very ingenious! 

bird box

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 22:58


Thanks for all the advice - had no idea about peanuts so will stop using them for a bit.

Time to buy sunflower seeds!

Funny you mention the suet balls - I have had several out on the washing line, all rich in seeds, brand new, and the tits won't touch them! Sob.

However, I did see a tiny wren hopping around on my sedum roof the other week, picking out insects and worms, so I'm quite happy now

PS: what's the best contracption to put seeds into? I had a sunflower-shaped one but everything kept getting soaked and mouldy, so I gave up on it...


Discussions started by Jess is in the Garden

Wilting pelargonium leaves

What disease is this? 
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Last Post: Yesterday at 12:23

What is this succulent please?

Label fell off and I can't remember! 
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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? 
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Last Post: 01/10/2014 at 21:31

Nematodes for thrips

Too late to apply in a sheltered London garden? 
Replies: 3    Views: 337
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: 532
Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 22:43
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