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Latest posts by Lokelani

Climbing rose

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 16:57

Zephirine Drouhan is the only totally thornless one I know. It's very bright pink, repeats & has a great scent. It's not the most disease resistant one though. 

Bare root you would plant when dormant in the winter. Container roses can be planted at any time, but would need watering through the summer. 

Some of the David Austin roses are recommended as shortish climbers, Shropshire Lad & James Galway are lovely ones that I've seen & are meant to have very few thorns. There are probably others.

Mites in seeds

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 20:05

I first noticed mites in a paper bag of lavender heads I'd collected from the garden years ago & I think I ended up throwing it away.

Yesterday I looked in my tin of veg seeds & saw something that is probably similar. They are really, really tiny, possibly almost beetle shaped & very fast running.

Does anyone know what they are & how to clean seed I collect from the garden to get rid of them. Also if anyone has any ideas how to get rid of the ones in the tin of bought veg seeds, peas etc. They are in old biscuit tins in the unheated, dry garage. 

I wanted to give a friend lots of seed packets that I may not use, but don't want to infest her collection too.....

Sharp sand drainage properties

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 09:35

This has always confused me, as we're told sandy soils drain too quickly, clay soils too slowly etc. 

We dug in one of those enormous ton bags of sand, no idea what kind, when we enlarged our big border & the plants all seeem very happy. I've read many times since that sand doesn't help drainage, it's grit that does. 

Also lots of seed or cuttings mixes I've read suggested half soil, half sand & the clematis montana cuttings I did a month or two ago for a friend in this mix have been successful. Could just be that montana is un-killable, even for me!

My guess is that sand holds water for a bit, but not much & not for very long. 

Dog repelant ?

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 09:04

Our dog has selective hearing to training. He knows he's not allowed in the beds & will come out (at high speed, damaging everything!) if I really sound like I mean it. 

He wanders through them whenever he thinks I'm not watching though.

I tend not to use bonemeal, let alone blood, fish & bone as he dug up all the roses & bulbs when he was younger until I realised it was the smell of the fertiliser that was attracting him!

Training to use a specific area might be worth a try. Ours loathes water being squirted at him, but will put up with it to do whatever naughtiness he wants to usually, or just return to it later. Some dogs are very determined!


Posted: 23/07/2012 at 08:56

Lots of people don't know Insomnia, I'll bet lots get given a bit of mince pie at Christmas with raisins in. Onions are less known too, although most people now know chocolate can be dangerous for them. I grew up with dogs & am still learning!

Off to water greenhouse, everything collapsed yesterday in the unaccustomed heat, until I watered it!



Posted: 22/07/2012 at 17:31

I had to pull out a grape vine I'd put in the garden before we got our dog, as grapes are very poisonous to them. Just in case others don't know.

May I ask you about your bike Maud? I'm wondering whether to look into converting my bike to an electric one (you can get them converted), as it's much hillier here than I realised until I bought a bike!  It's put me off using it at all really. How much help is an electric bike? I think it would have to make it considerably easier to get me into cycling. 


Taking cuttings with a heel?

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 19:55

Ah, so I'm just trimming the extremity of the heel. That explains it. 

Thank you! 

Taking cuttings with a heel?

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 19:46

I am about to take some Erisimum cuttings & like pinks & others I have read or asked about, instructions are to pull off the plant so it has a bit of a heel, some actually say leaving the heel intact.

Most instructions then tell you to trim the botttom. How much do you take off,  do you want any of the heel left, surely I'm going to lose it if I trim it square.....

Sorry if it's a daft question but I'm not very experienced at cuttings & it would be good if someone could clarify which bit is important.


Posted: 19/07/2012 at 11:09

Yes we are indeed. 

I'd be telling myself it would have probably died, then I'd be glad I'd saved £2 instead! 


Posted: 19/07/2012 at 10:47

I always worry about garden centre seeds, because it's often so hot in their glasshouse type structures.

Sometimes I still give in & buy them if I see a variety I really want, am in a hurry for, or a real bargain! 

I must try to resist because I know seeds should be kept cool & I like them to last for years.......

It's so disappointing Insomnia1973 when that happens. 

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