Jess is in the Garden

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Aftercare of geums

Posted: 09/09/2012 at 23:54

my only plant (planted in July) flowered profusley until late August - it's in a raised bed with sun from midday 'til 4pm or so. There are larger plants like verbena and an acer overhanging it, so it stays quite moist in there too. My soil is heavy, with loads of clay. Do they survive a milder winter, does anyone know?

Jasmine stopped flowering

Posted: 09/09/2012 at 23:47

I planted a jasmine (I think it's an officinalis one, but there was no label, as was a present from someone who bought it in M&S!) against a sheltered, west-facing wall, spring 2011. It has growth beautifully and this year gave a good burst of flowers over about 3 weeks, back in May. Since then, no flowers. I have fed it and it is very healthy with good new growth. My neighbour has her jasmine on an east wall and it flowered for about 3 months - looks every inch the same as my variety (deciduous too). Are there jasmines which only flower once, or is mine just not as happy as it ought to be? I had hoped for a few more weeks of flowers, as it's outside my bedroom window, so with the window open at night, it smells lovely. Thanks!

What is your kind of garden?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 22:13

Another vote for a crammer gardener here too which invariably happens with someone who is plant mad but has tp make do with a 6mx6m urban plot!

My perfect garden would have a little stream running through the back, an area which I could turn into a wildflower meadow, another area dedicated to growing fruit trees (especially damson and bramleys) for all those cakes and crumbles I would be baking), and I'd do my best to encourage loads of wildlife like hedgehogs and frogs too.

But I love the garden I have - it's small, but there is a bit of everything (except the stream!) and have even managed 2 acers, a crab apple and a few potted trees.

Never give up


Belfast sink.

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 19:01

agree with Lily re pinching off flowers, as my basils get a bit leggy and tough if the flowers stay on - that said, unless I am using them for pesto, I leave the flowers on some varieties, as the bees and butterflies love them - plus they are very beautiful to look at!


Posted: 09/07/2012 at 18:59

nematoes for slugs completely wiped out the huge slug population in my tiny garden

sedum roof for a small shed

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 18:58

thanks yes, it seems to come fully planted on its own substrate which apparently contains a lifetime supply of nutrients - wonder how that works!


Belfast sink.

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 20:03

got mine potted from loal garden ctr, but it self seeds really well too Jean

Belfast sink.

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 20:03

Greek basil is lovely too - also has tiny leaves - am guessing maybe Chilli's Aristotle may be related, with a name like that

Use it for pesto as great not having to chop anything, tho' it is a bit more lemoney tasting.

I killed my plant

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 19:33

clematis? very wild guess


Posted: 07/07/2012 at 19:32

Would a generic insect spray used just before nightfall help? I had vine weevil in pots and beds, but used nematodes, which worked very well - grubs gone and eventually the beetles too, without having to spray. Good luck.

Discussions started by Jess is in the Garden

Nematodes for thrips

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

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Plant. ID please!

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Garden design courses

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pests ID needed please!

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Never flowered... 
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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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tools I no longer need

where can I sell them? 
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indoor palm

listless and poorly... 
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Buying ladybirds or larvae?

A big con or good?! 
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Met52 bio control for vine weevil

Not available to buy! 
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