Latest posts by lydiaann

pink flower

Posted: 03/08/2016 at 16:47

Definitely lavatera for my money.  So pretty and, as you can see, good for our bees.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 03/08/2016 at 16:45

Here in Newark (Notts, not New Jersey) it's been relatively dry.  Last night's "rain" added about one-eighth of an inch to the water butt level but it did soften the soil sufficiently for me to attack one big border.  However, the relatively breezy day has played havoc once again with the baskets and other containers, so lots of dead-heading of sad, droopy surfinias.  Having said that, I'm just grateful that I could get outside today as we did get some sunshine and reading some of the other posts, I think we may just be in a little micro-environment of our own over here!

Mystery plant, help needed please!

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 16:07

No, I do know what you mean - don't apologise!  I used to have problems with poppies in my last garden too and they are a devil to get rid of.  In the end I just used to pull them up all the time and try not to complain!  The reason I said tomato is because I've been nipping out tomatoes today in one border that was 'treated' with my compost a couple of weeks back!


Posted: 31/07/2016 at 16:02

Decided to tidy up my 'ornamental' border; however, good old English clay soil meant I couldn't do a thing so I've spent the last half hour soaking it and I'll have to have a go tomorrow.  Spent my time dead-heading the buddleja, roses and chopping down the coreopsis and other flowers that have 'had their day' for this year.  Can't believe it's August tomorrow...  I'd taken Monty's advice and sowed a lot of grass seeds in plugs.  Himself was most pleased as he can now plant it all in the patches where the squirrels have dug out the grass.  Thank goodness for GW, I'd never have thought of doing that before.

Does anyone recognise this seedling?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 15:58

We used to get the best citrus fruits in Cyprus and I could make 3-fruit marmalade for pennies back in the '70s.  Those were the days!  I would go to the orchards and buy bags of 20 lemons, 20 oranges and 10 grapefruit and spend the next 2 days stirring large pans of fruit and potting up in large Kilner jars.  We came home in March I remember, and I packed a box with about 20 jars, padded out with Styrofoam 'peas'...kept the family going for a couple of years!

Another ID please

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 15:54

Definitely nasturtium, probably "planted" by a bird.

Mystery plant, help needed please!

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 15:50

Looks like a tomato plant to me.  Because I use my own kitchen waste in the compost, I get tomatoes popping up all over the garden.

Climbing plants

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 15:55

There are several jasmines in white, flowering from spring to autumn.  Masses of varieties of climbing and/or rambling roses.  Your best bet would be to choose 4 or 5 varieties so as to get that long flowering period and also different types of plants.  RHS site would be a good place to start.

Standard Lavender

Posted: 05/07/2016 at 11:44

Thanks for the 2 replies, chaps and chapesses!  Doghouse:  mine is a 'standard' - i.e., a tree-shaped plant, and the 'trunk' is around 2 feet, so it is unstable in its pot right now (loved the pics, by the way, super garden!).  Kitty: I had thought of a ceramic/terracotta but do have a nice big plastic pot which I thought I'd use.  Now, having looked at it, you are right in that it needs a wide base. I think the base of mine is too narrow for the dimensions of the plant so I'll go to the garden centre (and pay a little more off their mortgage. As most gardeners will agree, the pot won't be the only thing that catches my eye...

Thanks again for the advice - I knew I could rely on GW people!  Enjoy the  sunshine!

Standard Lavender

Posted: 05/07/2016 at 09:56

I have been given a lovely standard lavender.  It's currently in a 7-inch pot, which I have put into an ornamental pot for the patio.  Unfortunately, it is extremely top-heavy, as it is full of good, healthy growth and many blooms which are just opening.  How big a pot can I realistically put it into, to give it more stability and thus put it on show without the fear of it toppling over at the slightest breeze.  Do they like their roots restricted?  As the regular plants are border plants, their roots can roam at the standard any different?  I'm not intending to put it in a border as I don't have the right place for it (full sun for the most part of the day) right now.

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Too late to prune photinia?

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Standard Lavender

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This crazy climate

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Raking leaves

So good for you! 
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Bonus blooms 
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Repotting - a word to the wise

Shape of the pot 
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Why plant daffs in October?

They do just as well if you wait until March! 
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The perennial problem of black spot 
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