London (change)
Today 15°C / 10°C
Tomorrow 16°C / 10°C

John Harding

Latest posts by John Harding

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 14:41

Used my BBQ last weekend and look what's happened since to the weather!

Rambling Rose

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 12:09
Absolutely agree with Topbird's advice. Reading through this thread the one most important bit of advice that was missing was to use Rootgrow (Mycorrhizal Fungi). This is extremely beneficial to Roses. Looking at your picture the shoot is well above the graft so it isn't a sucker as Salino points out. I plant my roses in a plentifull supply of John Innes No 3 and incorporate some Fish, Blood and Bone which is a slow release fertiliser. As to quantities, always follow directions, it's easy to overdo it but it doesn't often pay.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 23:26
Birdy13 wrote (see)

Bev: What a beautiful use you have made of limited space. It's full of form, colours and imagination.

John H: re the flower you are trying to identify - if you are talking about the large pinkish flower in Bevs 8th photo of her house front, isn't a clematis?

Hi Birdy

I was referring to an earlier post Bev placed about Pics of wild flower verges along roads. She posted a number of pics taken of verges along the Newhaven/Peacehaven road and someone asked what the mauve flower was in picture 4 of hat post.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 21:43

Ah! as I said earlier KEF, Eileen (my wife) should get the credit for the plants. She is very good on plant names, knows what colours she likes, how big the plants are likely to grow, and where she wants to place them. She has been poring over the 2 RHS Encyclopaedias she keeps by her chair tring to identify the Mauve flower in Bev's roadside verge pics. Nearest she can find is it is a very similar flower to an everlasting wallflower we have behind our apple tree but the leaves are quite different so it's not that. She also has a fairly comprhensive wild flowers book with coloured pictures that she's had from 1962 (published in 1956) but it isn't in that either so now we are puzzling over it. My first thought when I saw it was Impatiens but the main stem looks too tall and not the right leaf shape (I think). John H

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 21:14

Excellent work Bev, a very colourful frontage to your home. John H

Pics of wild flower verges along roads

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 19:04

Nice pictures Bev, 

I toured Colorado State in USA back in 1991 and having a keen interest in photograpy I made a point of taking pictures of all the different roadside flowers as a holiday project. In those days there was no such thing as digital cameras so I was using film (transparency slides) which I don't have the facility to digitise. John H

Winkle weeded

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 18:55

Can you post a photo of the broken hoe? Could be easier to identify.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 18:18

Hi Fairygirl,  Apero is a small plum type, Red Alert is a bush variety, round, slightly larger fruits than say Gardeners Delight. Country Taste is a Beef type, large and reputedly the finest tasting tomato available. I say reputedly as I tried to grow them last year but the weather was very unkind and I only got 1 tomato from 6 plants as the cold & wet virtually destroyed the whole crop. Many other plants suffered the same fate too: Capsicum, Aubergine, Courgettes, Beetroot, Swiss Chard & more. In fact the only crops that were successfull were the Runner Beans, Carrots and Parsnips.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 16:42

Ah! I see - your tag says East Renfrewshire so naturally, not wanting to make the mistake of placing you in Central Renfrewshire I guessed you must be from further east! For a 'Red Alert' that looks a huge tomato, must be the close-up of the lens giving amn impression of bigger size. I did notice the side shoots which should have given me the clue as  'Red Alert' is a bush variety. I'm growing 'Red Alert', 'Apero' and 'Country Taste' in the greenhouse this year. Currently doing well but not as advanced as yours. Plants are about 18" high and just coming into flower.


PS It would have been a long way to come to collect the roller!

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 15:50

I really need to give credit to Eileen (OH) who does the flowers & borders. I concentrate on the veg garden but do/did the design re shape of the garden. When we decided the railway sleepers had to go about 5 years ago we pretty well cleared a lot of the plot. We put all the soil from the veg plot over the lawn (it was rectangular then) which raised the whole by about 4 inches & levelled off [I still do all my measurements in fahrenheit!]. I then took some white sand and marked out the new lawn shape & borders and Eileen then planned what plants she wanted and where. The original lawn that I had laid with turf had been down about 5 years then but I just reseeded and had to have a bit of patience while it grew. Meanwhile I took to surfing ebay, looking for a garden roller. There were plenty of modern ones & I didn't want them, then one day one came up that had been made in Bristol 'The Mac' - it was a split roller type, very heavy but the benefit was the split drum meant it wouldn't tear the grass while turning. I bid for it and won: owner lived in Radstock, about 15 miles from us so he was happy to deliver it. Very rusty and the motif plate was broken, I had it welded, re-painted it and it has become a pleasing feature of the garden since. Pic added below.


Discussions started by John Harding

Signing in problems

log-on keeps dropping out 
Replies: 2    Views: 286
Last Post: 03/06/2014 at 20:12

Signing in problems

log-on keeps dropping out 
Replies: 0    Views: 252
Last Post: 03/06/2014 at 19:57

What's eating my winter Spinach?

Replies: 9    Views: 630
Last Post: 19/11/2013 at 09:12

Email notifications

Replies: 14    Views: 534
Last Post: 25/07/2013 at 06:34

Is it me?

Replies: 5    Views: 580
Last Post: 28/06/2013 at 22:42
5 threads returned