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Latest posts by LilAmbar

Multi-stemmed copper beech

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 17:01

I have inherited a multi-stemmed copper beech tree that is about 20 foot from our house.  It's currently about 20 foot tall, with the widest stem being about 15cm at it's base.  It appears to have been cut back a few times and possibly coppiced once.  It's in totally the wrong location with respect to the house and creates a lot of shade so I need to reduce it's height significantly.  Would I be better to coppice it, cut it back to a managable height or should I take it out completely and replace it with something more suitable? Opinions gratefully received.


Iris - to lift and move or allow seed pod to ripen?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 14:12

Always keep a bottle of Bolly in the fridge  ... auto-correct strikes again.  About time my broadband provider got their act together and got me back online.

Big decision made as I'm taking out the magnolia so the iris has been lifted (awaits gasps of disbelief).  It's for the greater good I promise.

I've picked up a few packets of seeds from the local garden center but most of the good stuff had gone.  I'm mainly looking for perennials to restock the garden ... pretty much anything I can get my hands on.  We have a reasonably large garden with around 10 trees, mature shrubs and weeds that go on for miles.  The garden has been well loved in the past with amazingly good soil that seems to drain fantastically for being on clay but very few perennials and bulbs have survived.

Iris - to lift and move or allow seed pod to ripen?

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 12:58

Hmmm ... still deliberating.  There's unfortunately not a lot in the way of flowers and shrubs in my new garden that are worth saving so maybe I'll put my growing from seed thing away and try and save the plant.  I will have bolly and ivy by the bucket load at Christmas and I did uncover a beautiful hibiscus last weekend from under the nettles, brambles and comfey, so it's not all bad.

Nutcutlet, I'd be a seed swapper if there was something in the garden other than weed seeds to swap .

Iris - to lift and move or allow seed pod to ripen?

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 12:33

Hi all,

I moved house a few weeks back ... getting to grips with the garden slowly.  I have an iris, probably bearded, growing right at the base of a large magnolia.  I have no idea what colour it is because it flowered long before I became custodian of the garden. 

Should I lift it and move it to improve it's chance of survival or should I take a risk, leave it and see if I can get the seed pod on it to ripen giving me the chance of raising some more from seed?  I have a bit of a thing about growing from seed but I guess I would be taking a risk on the quality of the blooms on the new plants.

Would love to hear your opinions, Lil.


Posted: 28/08/2013 at 12:58

I too have just taken over a plot (in my new garden so I have taken my name is off of the waiting list ).  I don't plan to put much in for the rest of the year but will probably get some broad beans and shallots in later in the year for crops next year.  You can still get some plug plants in some of the garden centres for winter veg but I would think it's getting little late for sowing anything ... someone correct me if I'm wrong please.  I'm focusing on preparing the site so I can get the best out of it in the long run.


Posted: 07/08/2013 at 12:08

Vapourer moth I think.

Discovered raspberries (or perhaps loganberries), what to do?

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 20:14

Ooo you're getting me all excited about moving.  In less than three weeks time I'm moving to a house with a less well planned and neglected garden.  Hoping I'll find some equally as lovely plants to rescue 


Posted: 28/05/2013 at 13:24

This might be tricky/hard work to do, but if your neighbour will allow, dig down on their side at the edge of the wall and place some reaonably deep,good quality rhizome membrane/barrier, weed kill and clear until your side is bamboo free and start again.  It would mean taking out some of their bamboo to access the area but as you know, it'll soon grow back.  You would need to be vigilant for reinvasion and keep an eye on any rhizomes trying to jump the barrier but it should significantly slow the progress.


Posted: 27/05/2013 at 13:26

Everytime I've found ants on my redcurrents I've also had aphids on them.  The ants farm them as Verdun says - they harvest their waste (a sugar rich liquid called honeydew).  

The ants shouldn't cause a problem. The aphids can cause blistering and distortion of your leaves which might look unpleasant but doesn't really affect the crop so I have never worried about them.

Veg planting chart

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 10:48

Can anyone tell me where I can find a good/comprehensive veg planting chart, one that gives you the months to plant inside, outside and when to harvest?  

If all goes to plan, I'll be moving to a new house in six weeks time with a 'second garden' at the bottom of the first which has a fruit trees and a small vegetable plot and I'd like to see what I might be able to get in this year.

Thanks, Lil.

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