Latest posts by Lucy3


Posted: 28/06/2013 at 19:27

Aww that's great - thankyou so much. I will be planting it up this weekend and will post some pictures when it's done

Evergreen specimen plant for full sun

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 16:17

 Hi again - it was always in full sun for most of the day too! Here is a picture of the little ceanothus I rescued from morrisons today - a little small but otherwise nothing wrong with it. It was reduced from £5 to £4 but I persuade her to let me have it for £2 so a bargain really  This one is the Ceanothus 'Repens'

Evergreen specimen plant for full sun

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 15:43

Hi - when we moved into our house 12 yrs ago there was a Ceanothus growing in the garden. It was about 3 metres accross and 2.5 metres high but was very overgrown and hadn't been pruned or looked after very well.

Every year there was an abundance of the loveliest purply/blue flowers and it swarmed with the tiniest of baby bumble bees. The only problem being that it only flowered for a few weeks which is a shame.

The reason I am commenting on your post is that my garden is 3 sided and the Ceanothus was in the most open, windiest side right in the middle of the lawn and it came back year after year for another 11 years so I think it will be ideal for you if you kept it under control.

As it happens I have just been to our local morrisons this morning and happen to have rescued a ceanothus in a 9cm pot so it is quite tiny. I have had to cut a few stems off it but I'm hoping it comes back really healthy so I can again have this in my garden - if only for the abundance of bees that love it so much

Good lluck and it would be great to see some pictures


Posted: 28/06/2013 at 15:33

Hope you can help......I have been growing 2 shrub roses in containers for 3 years now and they are fabulous. I top dress them in Spring with fresh compost and sprinkle in a granulated feed.I get such an abundance of the loveliest cream roses.

I have now 'rescued'  3 climbing roses  from our local supermarkets 'damaged' section (although there is nothing wrong with them) and I hoped to be able to train them to scramble/climb over our pergola but not sure if these will also perform well in pots - I was going to buy the largest pot I could so they wouldn't be restricted. Does anyone know if they will be ok in pots also?

Thank you

Talkback: How to grow strawberries

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 12:12
Thanks for this. I will be doing this today. I have a medium sized strawberry bed from plants my mum did last year from the runners so this is a great 'how-to' for me...

Sweet Peas

Posted: 24/01/2013 at 16:52

Sweet Peas

Posted: 24/01/2013 at 16:32
And another....... I planted sweet peas in toilet roll tubes in October - they are growing well and are approx 3-4inches high with 3 pairs of leaves. Someone once said to get better plants that will flower for longer you need to remove some leaves - does anyone know how many I need to remove? Thanks again.....


Posted: 24/01/2013 at 16:25
Ah I see!! OMG can't believe I thought to plant in grass - sorry!! Thankyou for the advice tho - I planted some dry bulbs in pots in sept/October - they are coming up as I can see the green tops coming through the gravel - will they be ok?


Posted: 24/01/2013 at 16:10
I'm just reading my gardeners world (Feb) that arrived this morning and am reading the piece by James Alexander-Sinclair. He talks about everybody knowing that snowdrops, all varieties, have to be planted in the green........ New gardener alert - I don't know what he means, does he mean in the lawn or other grassy area??? Thankyou x

Making a cold frame and where to buy a manger.

Posted: 10/11/2012 at 07:40

I'm also wanting to make a cold frame......a friend has given me some 2 x 2 perspex sheets - I also have scrap wood from building an arbour last year, will the perspex work or does it have to be glass - look forward to any replies x

Discussions started by Lucy3

whats gong on?

climbers & Roses 
Replies: 5    Views: 946
Last Post: 21/11/2014 at 17:08

New Fruit Bushes

In or out??? 
Replies: 2    Views: 959
Last Post: 21/11/2014 at 13:39

Climbing Roses

When to prune 
Replies: 2    Views: 1704
Last Post: 04/09/2013 at 08:58


old flavour 
Replies: 1    Views: 1106
Last Post: 16/08/2013 at 13:49

Early potatoes

My first crop 
Replies: 7    Views: 1562
Last Post: 02/07/2013 at 19:23


Roses in Containers 
Replies: 2    Views: 1320
Last Post: 28/06/2013 at 19:27

Sweet Peas

Removing leaves 
Replies: 2    Views: 1256
Last Post: 24/01/2013 at 16:52


What does it mean? 
Replies: 19    Views: 3331
Last Post: 30/01/2013 at 21:26

Bulbs, seeds wanted

help appreciated  
Replies: 11    Views: 1386
Last Post: 09/08/2012 at 13:42

Plants for garden wall needed

evergreen plants needed 
Replies: 4    Views: 1548
Last Post: 06/08/2012 at 09:26

Clematis Rhapsody

Help needed 
Replies: 7    Views: 3991
Last Post: 07/07/2012 at 03:35

Bug House

How high please........ 
Replies: 3    Views: 1244
Last Post: 06/07/2012 at 20:01


Please help - dead or not???????/ 
Replies: 6    Views: 1551
Last Post: 21/06/2012 at 22:06

Roses - please help if you can.....

This isn't what I bought........or is it???? 
Replies: 8    Views: 1545
Last Post: 09/06/2012 at 10:50

Clematis for pots.........

Please help...... 
Replies: 2    Views: 2305
Last Post: 11/05/2012 at 14:56
1 to 15 of 21 threads