Latest posts by jo17

sweet peas

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 11:41

Have now netted all my sweet peas which makes picking tricky and now rabbits have tunneled under my "rabbit -proof " fencing and have eaten all rocket and lettuce !The joys of gardening !


sweet peas

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 06:55

Ah ..Starlings . For the first time in ages we have a family that are hogging the bird table all the time with their fledglings. I bet it's them .

What were you able to do , if anything, to stop them ?

sweet peas

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 19:34

What's strange is that the long flower stems are completely unbent ,undamaged nor showing any signs of anything coming up the stem ....almost as if someone had walked past with a sharp pair of scissors ! I've been out and put down slug pellets. maybe I'll have to set up CCTV cameras !

sweet peas

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 18:57

Yes ... they are on a wigwam. About 4-5 ft high . No sign of slugs but I'll put some pellets down in case. I was wondering about mice or pidgeons.... what do you think ?

sweet peas

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 17:34

Something is eating ,and completely removing, the flower heads of my sweet peas just as they are opening from bud.

Any ideas what this is and what can I do about it ?

Having nurtured them since last Autumn this is making me very cross !

invasive pond plant

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 14:29

We have a large ( 30m x 17m ) wildlife pond. In the last few years this plant ( no idea how it arrived ) has been taking over. It is creating a thick underwater jungle from the pond bed up to the surface , is very brittle and seems to thrive on our attempts to rake or drag it out. Any ideas on eradication ? we have common and mirror carp in the pond


Posted: 16/10/2014 at 15:42

Thanks for the input from you both. I shall risk it I think and be ready to throw some fleece over if it gets really cold.

Back to leaf raking and pond clearing now !


Posted: 15/10/2014 at 15:44

I am in Dorset . Can I overwinter my Melianthus major under a tent of fleece? Or should I cut it back, pot it up and put it in the greenhouse ? It was planted this spring in a S. facing bed with the greenhouse behind it. It is about 3ft high.

melianthus major

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 14:33

I am in Dorset. Can I leave my Melianthus ,which is in a S. facing bed with a greenhouse behind it , in place and protect it with a tent of fleece or should I pot it up and put it in the g/house for the winter.? Should I reduce the foliage ? It was planted this spring and is about 3ft high

evergreen shrub die-back

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 16:12

These usually "tough as old boots" shrubs are dying off rapidly, the leaves yellowing and drooping. and it is spreading quickly.Has anyone else got this and is it likely to be fungal, viral or bacterial ? I am tempted to cut them right back .... I'd like to know what I'm dealing with.

Discussions started by jo17

Lychnis and lavender plantlets

Plant out or not ? 
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Last Post: 14/10/2015 at 13:20

Soldaki tomatoes

Seed sharing 
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Last Post: 17/09/2015 at 18:12

New planting

Transplanting time ? 
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Last Post: 27/08/2015 at 21:00

broad bean problem

flowers shrivelled and black 
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Last Post: 14/06/2015 at 19:17

sweet peas

disappearing flower heads 
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Last Post: 04/06/2015 at 19:31

invasive pond plant

Australian Stone Crop 
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Last Post: 05/01/2015 at 15:06


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Last Post: 16/10/2014 at 15:42

melianthus major

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Last Post: 15/10/2014 at 14:33

evergreen shrub die-back

Laurels, Choisia and Eleagnus dying off 
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Last Post: 20/03/2014 at 16:26

Flooded daffodils

will they ever flower again? 
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Last Post: 12/03/2014 at 16:50


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Last Post: 10/08/2013 at 12:39

Australian Swamp Stonecrop

How to control this very invasive plant 
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Last Post: 26/02/2013 at 15:54

tree disease

Should I remove remove diseased trees at the first signs ? 
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Last Post: 05/11/2012 at 12:03

beetroot eaters

almost all my beetroot have been nibbled 
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Last Post: 22/09/2012 at 09:59

best flavoured tomatoes

brandywine flavour with more fruit and fewer problems 
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