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Latest posts by Jess is in the Garden

having a moan about...

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 21:14

I hear you Gardening Grandma and flowering rose!

having a moan about...

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 10:13


miserable here today though


Hanging/trailing plants in full shade - any advice?

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 10:12

I'll have a look for that one jatnikapyar, sounds lovely.


having a moan about...

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 21:02

Why oh why does this Winter seem to be dragging?

Is it that it's cold and wet and I can't get into my garden for more than 5 minutes before I'm soaked and freezing?

I cannot wait for Spring to finally show its face!

Talkback: Slug-proof plants

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 20:56

have you tried nematodes? they worked for me 100%

how to use nematodes efficiently

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 19:55

I used them last year just the once, in very early spring once ground was warmer than 10C I think...used vine weevil and slug nematodes, at the same time and they both worked within weeks.

Great results and no pests since.

My garden's quite damp though, so it was easy to keep it moist!

Hanging/trailing plants in full shade - any advice?

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 16:04

Do you want something that has Spring interest, which you can then add to for Summer interest too?

You could try some of these Snake head fritillary bulbs, maybe mixed with a cyclamen or add some staggered height, then perhaps a small leafed ivy (white and green variety) and a small leafed fern like maidenhair? 

Or otherwise a Lysimachia congestiflora "Persian Chocolate" like this one which needs to be kept a bit in check as can tend to take over and also maybe consider Geranium Phaeum which comes in many colours and has a lovely trailing habitat, often tolerating quite a lot of shade: 


Hope this helps

Monty Don's French Gardens

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 16:11

Love the presenter (didn't you know?!) but really wasn't taken by the formality of the French gardens at all. Too chou-chou and pretentious for me. That was thw whole point of them, I know, but give me an Italian garden any day of the week...preferably on Isola Bella....aaaah....recalling the beauty of the Italian gardens programme Monty prsented last year - on my wish list to visit them some day.

Flower in the garden...

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 10:26

Agree with Lavender - one from each season - here are my would-be-lost-without plants

Spring: Narcissi

Summer: Another vote for roses and rambling geraniums

Late Summer/Autumn: Anemone

Winter: Cornus

planting a raised flower bed

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 10:20

Really Rosa? Mine never really do much beyond their small area...I'd love them to take over a bit!

Discussions started by Jess is in the Garden

Planting up my grandmother's abandoned grave

Any ideas? 
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Best online retailer? 
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Clematis Alba Luxurians

Why do I have to prune it mid. February? 
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Nematodes for thrips

Too late to apply in a sheltered London garden? 
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Gardenia to be moved

From outdoors to indoors 
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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 :-( 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 22:43

Plant. ID please!

2 foot tall evergreen shrub rescued 
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Rose Mme A. De Carriere constantly pest ridden

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Garden design courses

The best of the crop. 
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Last Post: 12/06/2014 at 06:47

pests ID needed please!

Rudbeckia, Hebe, Rosemary and Marjoram 
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Last Post: 22/05/2014 at 18:35

jasminium stephanense

Never flowered... 
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Last Post: 09/05/2014 at 15:42

Dwarf apple tree

How and when to protect the fruit? 
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Dwarf acer palmatum dissectum

Do they usually flower? 
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Last Post: 01/04/2014 at 17:12

tools I no longer need

where can I sell them? 
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