Jess is in the Garden

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Plant identity needed

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 15:13

another vote for an orchid

you can also get special orchid liquid feed

like to be watered only when compost is dry (about once a week) and never overwatered

bright light but not direct sun

cool-ish, no radiators/hot windowsills

might need flower stalks staked if a big variety

have fun and show us the flowers when they come!

Potentilla Fruticosa

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 15:09

I've got a shrubby, semi trailing Potentilla, rich yellow flowers, 2 years old, planted in a raised bed full sun west-facing.

Stupidly misplaced the name tag and can't remember which kind it is exactly, nor when to prune it.

Last year I think I pruned it mid spring and it produced a measly amount of flowers late Summer.

Haven't touched it yet this year - too nervous until you experts out there give me some advice!

Is this a kind that flowers on the current year's growth, so needs pruning BEFORE flowering, or does it flower on the old wood only (?no pruning required?)

RHS is a bit vague - just tells me that Potentillas evn if deciduous (mine is) are Pruning Group 10 - er, yeah! Means nothing to me

*Thank you*




Garedn design software

Posted: 24/11/2012 at 16:56

I am going to redesign my lawn next year and try turning into a plum slate/shrub/water feature/pergola mix (!) so I will try too - sounds interesting and I have very little experience (other than with the plants themselves and even that isn't huge).

Thanks for the suggestion, Daphne

I would like advice on the perfect rose for me please guys

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 12:19

@ flowering rose - that is beautiful! A bit like my Generous Gardener, but not as pink - yours looks very happy and healthy

Here's a shot of my Penny Lane - pot grown (I put loads of bark chips on top of the compost to keep it moist) - it's about 3 yrs old now and is still flowering now (May-Oct). Scent is delicate but gorgeous. Open paler cream, with slightly apricot centre, turning darker as they age.

Love it

 And here's a close up of a white shrub rose Pure Abundance in my raised flower bed (I have very heavy clay loam and roses love it)

 Have fun choosing Matt

Is it Ok to keep picking rhubarb

Posted: 26/09/2012 at 21:29

Is it Ok to keep picking rhubarb

Posted: 26/09/2012 at 17:28


I would like advice on the perfect rose for me please guys

Posted: 26/09/2012 at 14:46

flowering rose - sounds amazing - do you have a photo?!

Paul B - that has to be the best rose name ever


Posted: 26/09/2012 at 14:44

@ Carolinesmith & flowering rose

Twigs would do exactly the same asmy chopped up bamboo canes.

It's a question of interrupting their habit really - once they are irritated by your efforts to deter them, they'll figure it's easier to go elsewhere (like a neighbour's garden instead ) and stop coming to you.

I've had cats of my own and did the same with them.


Posted: 26/09/2012 at 11:55

I see.

My garden is small, so it's a bit easier.

Between the roses I have lots of small canes and I also liberally sprinkle pepper dust - works very well there.

If your garden is large, perhaps the sonic repellant is for you - it only switches on when it detects movement. My parents have it on their patio and balcony, where it works 100%

Good luck!


Posted: 25/09/2012 at 22:49

Wherever there is any exposed earth (usually freshly turned, but not necessarily) I stick short lengths of bamboo cane into them (the earth, not the cat ) and so they can't get in to dig.

I also found that pepper dust (from garden ctr) works well to deter, though you do have to apply after rain.

There is one cat in particular who is very brazen and she additionally needs the odd squirt of water from the hose to keep her at bay

I've also heard that you can buy animal deterrent sonic machines, from places like Robert Dyas, which work by emitting a very high frequency burst of waves that animals such as cats, dogs and foxes dislike, without causing them any harm - battery or main operated.

Luckily for me I never had to resort to this, as the cats have now gotten the message.

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