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How to make a miniature chalk wild flower meadow

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 09:40

I've just been watching a video on the BBC springwatch Facebook page about making a miniature wildflower meadow out of a plastic storage box. Now I have a load of scrap timber which I can make containers out of and I was going to do the same. My first thought was a bit of chalk grass wildflower meadow but I'm wondering how to go out about creating it. Where can I get lumps of chalk from in a very small quantity and how best to construct layer of crushed chalk and then a thin layer of soil or compost on top.

Any advice most welcome 

Camelia problem pest

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 11:24
Hortum-cretae says:

I think you have a combination of things. Vine weevil - irregular notches cut out on edges of leaf, but the small holes in the leaf middles are probably snail attack when the leaf was very young or still unfurling. Night time is when the weevils are out feeding, although the cold will slow them down. The real difficulty is eradicating the grubs from the soil. Using heavier soil-based compost in a pot will help (rather than a nice loose ericaceous or similar) and when watering, flood the plant and allow it to drain and almost dry out rather than keeping it gently watered from the top. That's good practice anyway, but seems to work well towards minimising weevil grub damage.


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 Thank you for that. I did mix the ericaceous compost with garden soil, simply because I didn't buy enough compost. The soil is very heavy clay...almost like concrete in some places, so that may help. I wonder if I should have washed down the roots before replanting it but you live and learn.

I'll try the best with the watering although that's a bit difficult at the moment with the dampness we've been having. Hopefully getting it into the pot will stop the snail attack.

Camelia problem pest

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 09:10

I have now dug up and planted my Camelia in a large tub . It seems to be doing fine even though some roots did break while digging it up but I think it is in a better home now with some proper compost.

But it's been plagued by something eating away at the leaves...this happened even before I moved it so I know it's not that. But something is having a chew on some leaves and leaving holes and making them curl up. Done a bit of research and I see that it can suffer from Vine weevil, scale insects and aphids. I can't see any creepy crawlies on the plant so what pest is this and how best to get rid of them?

Oh and should I do any pruning now or is it best to leave it as buds have already formed?

What is this????

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 14:16

I've just noticed this growing in the back garden.

I've no idea what it is. It hasn't flowered and it's only about 10cms high at the moment. It's in the old raised bed which is being dug out so the plant will be coming up. But I don't know what it is and not seen it here before, so is it worth keeping and putting somewhere else?

Pots with autumn colour...some ideas please

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 14:04

Not sure if this question is best here or the garden design section.

I want to make up a couple of pots with some autumn flowering colour. I've had autumn flowering Crocus in the garden for years, purple pink in colour and I've transferred some to small plastic pots. My dad gave me a large plastic pot full of Nerine bulbs, pink, which are in the middle of flowering now & about 2ft high.

So I want to use these along with a third plant in a couple of large pots...say 2ft across approx. My plan is to have an outer ring of the Crocus...then and inner ring of the Nerine which surronds a third plant. Something with a bit of height against the Nerines.

But I don't know what that third plant can be...any suggestions???

I want something to go with or against the pink of the Crocus & Nerines. I'm happy with just something that has foliage but I don't want it getting too tall...about 3ft in height maximum. I had thought about a Cordyline but they seem to get a bit too big. Also I don't want to have the pots to big and heavy as I've got to move them about the garden.

Moving a Camelia...when's best and what to do

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 15:31

Thanks again Verdun and fairygirl

There isn't really a better spot in the garden as the rest of the front garden, where the Camelia is & north facing, I'm filling up with perenials as I want both front & back gardens working for a living and attracting the birds bees & butterflies.

So it will be coming out and going into a pot and then I can place where ever I like in the garden and move it around. We'll see how it goes.

Thanks for all your help

Moving a Camelia...when's best and what to do

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 13:38

Thanks for that Verdun.

Yes the leaves always look green but there are some that are yellowing on the plant. I ony get a couploe of flowers a year and they don't last very long. It is in a very shady spot that gets very little sun. It's in a border between my garden and my neighbours with a big hedge between us. I don't want to cut the hedge down as it's also sanctuary for the birds.

So the Camelia will be coming out regardless and then I can put in perenials like Foxgloves, Verbena's and what ever else I can find to grow in a bright but shady spot. It doesn't get any sun as by the time the sun comes over the house it has started to go down and gets blocked by some trees across the road.

The compost is just a general one I think from Gro Sure...all that my local garden centre stocks

Moving a Camelia...when's best and what to do

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 10:55

I have a Camelia in my garden that is not happy where it is. I don't know what variety it is as it was here when I moved in. It seems to grow okay and has attempted to flower but never seems very happy and struggles a bit.

I think it's not happy because it's in the garden which is heavy clay soil so I've got a bag of ericaceous compost and I will be getting a large pot for it when pay day comes around. It's about 3 foot across.

When is the best time to dig it up, what sort of size of pot should I be getting for it and is there anything else I should to the plant...pruning etc etc ???

Yet another plant ID question

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 17:57

Thanks for that all of you...I do remember my dad giving me some of his Goldenrod so I'll let it flower and if it ain't yellow then up it comes. Hopefully it is Goldenrod as the bees could well do with some extra nectar.

Yet another plant ID question

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 21:03

This has come up in my garden. I don't remember planting it and I've no idea of what it could be. Just want to know if it's something I can pull up or if it's worth leaving in. No flowers yet and no sign of any flowers.

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