Joyce Goldenlily


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My adventures in my garden 2017 part 2.

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 20:22

Managed to do a miniscule amount of weeding this morning. Sunny but the wind was bitterly cold. Rediscovered the asparagus I started  from seed last year, looks as if I have lost some of the roots and a pot of lily of the valley sent  to me by me sister. Each pip appears to be flowering, to my joy. I also unearthed the Florence fennel I left in over the winter. I put an old shower screen over it for protection. Two of the roots have gone to plant heaven but a third has flourished and has several bulbs on it. The new apple tree has masses of buds on it and the globe artichokes look lovely with their silver foliage.


My newly acquired dog is learning what it is like to live with a garden, he is also learning not to chase my cat! He and I are on a very steep vertical learning curve.

No frogspawn

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 19:55

I had a lot of frog spawn in my pond earlier. Sadly we had hail and torrential rain which seems to have destroyed it as there is no sign of it now, it almost disappeared overnight so I do not think the taddies had hatched. Fingers crossed there were some survivors. I do have fish in the pond but it was so early the fish had not come out of hibernation when the spawn disappeared. The fish are only just surfacing now, the spawn was laid at least a month ago.

Bay Tree

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 19:26

Bay trees seem to do better in poor soil. If you look at where they grow wild, along coastal paths etc. I killed so many young bay trees with good potting soil. I decided to treat them mean, and success.

Could anyone help me identify this tree?

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 11:35

It could possibly be a pittosporum. Wait and see if it has flowers later on which would help with identification.

I lost my thyme

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 11:29

As long  as your Mum managed to leave a few bud tips at the bottom of the remaining stems, it will shoot again. I lost my thyme this winter for different reasons. It was growing in a container  and was several years old but the wet summer and then winter finished it off. Sage do need a trim back each year to keep up their vigour. Like lavender, they can grow leggy, branches split away from the main stems and then die. Perhaps your Mum did your plant a good turn in the long run.

help please !!

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 11:21

There is always more than one way to skin a cat as the saying goes.

Scrapes in fresh dug soil

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 11:18

Sounds more like a fox looking for worms. A badger would uproot a much bigger area and dig in several places . Rats tend to make a round hole leading into a tunnel and seem to prefer banks to tunnel into.

Something burrowing in my greenhouse

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 09:40

Looks like a rat hole. They are very clever and when something new is put near where they are running will avoid the new"thing" for a couple of weeks. I had to leave traps down for two or three weeks before catching anything.


My neighbours have ducks and chickens so I am always finding excavations in the dry stone walls and banks around my garden. Have given up trying to control them, I just hammer a large stone into the entrance, they are very persistent and industrious though, just dig a new hole somewhere else. The trouble is this does eventually lead to the collapse of the walls and banks as they create extensive tunnel systems. Cannot help but admire their determination

Trachelospermum jasminoides problem or not?

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 09:29

I am a big fan of TJ s. Have grown them in each garden I have had. One I have at present has  lovely brilliant  red leaves, most of which will drop to be replaced by new green growth. They are evergreen, but all evergreen plants naturally drop their leaves at some time of the year. I have a cream flowered one and a variegated one which seems very shy to flower  and slow to grow. Delicious scent.

Should I be worried?

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 10:08

Aubergines need to be started indoors and need plenty of heat when potted into their final pots. Last year I grew some from seed, gave my daughter half the seedlings. We both grew them on for a few weeks before moving into large final pots. I put mine outside  against a south facing house wall. My daughter grew hers in an unheated greenhouse. I had quite a few flowers but not a single fruit. My daughter's plants were loaded with an excellent crop of aubergines. I can only guess that mine did not enjoy the damp outdoor Cornish climate, needing a dry atmosphere although they need to be kept watered. I used to grow them outside, against a south facing fence where they cropped well, again, it was in the Thames Valley so a dry atmosphere seems to be a must.

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