Latest posts by lydiaann

Looking after an Aruncus

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 15:59

I've come into this conversation late in the day...I'm going to get an aruncus to part fill a spot that will be left when we take out the photinia.  I had a beautiful one in Canada.  They will grow in any soil, and face any direction and look absolutely spectacular when mature and in full bloom.  When dead-headed, the plant maintains a nice shape and dies back for the winter (I cut it off at ground level in November).  If you tour the Norwegian Fjords in late June you'll see them in just about every garden.  All I have to do now is wait until I find someone who can sell me one (as it's almost flowering season, I think I'm a little late this year but we'll see!)

What is this plant and is it easy to grow?

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 15:52

Fritillaria imperialis 'Crown Imperial'...I agree, beautiful.  Check with your garden centre re bulbs. 

Need to find the culprit

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 14:28

Your best bet is to find a really good nursery/garden centre and find an 'expert' to help.  Otherwise, Readers' Digest do good gardening books for each country.  I have the one for the UK but I also have a Canadian one which is specifically written for the northern area of N. America. is the website and even that may be of assistance if you don't want tocan't buy the book.

Plant id

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 15:37 there are so many varieties, you might be best to look in the RHS books.  According to their site, it looks as though it could be Rhododendrum racemosum.  Very pretty.

Tomato Plant Concern

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 15:34

Going by your 'tag', I assume you are in Indiana.  As I recall, the Great Lakes area has quite variable temperatures/conditions but I see you are probably in Zones 5-6.  I suggest you get the advice from a local garden centre/nursery who would know the particular conditions - including soil - of your own area.  Tomatoes can be choosy but I do know that more and more are being bred for specific regions.  The ones I used to grow in Canada, suitable for our particular area of British Columbia, are not available here.  However, the ones I do get in my local garden centres are just perfect for our eastern England weather.  Your best bet would probably be to grow them in containers from start to finish, that way you can control their environment!

Moving shrubs

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 16:12

I've redone a garden (several years ago now) and I took out all the shrubs and perennials and 'heeled' them into a veg patch, then just kept them watered for the 3 weeks it took to clear, relandscape (terracing with ties) and refill with new top soil the new garden.  When I came to move the shrubs back, I just placed them in and hoped for the best.  I did add a tiny bit of bone meal and root compost to the base of the hole, and I did water well (using a 'channel' around each one in the beginning), giving them a  good feed at the same time.  Of all the plants - around 20 that I saved - I think I lost only 2.  If you don't have a separate piece of ground as I did, then I think a couple of those flexibins which you can get in the 'pound shops' quite cheaply would hold them until you can put them back (even if they're a bit crowded) - and be useful afterwards.


Posted: 02/05/2017 at 11:11

I pruned - as always - immediately after flowering.  The one tree is, I must admit, more shaded this year because of extreme growth (which has happened everywhere) of the trees behind.  However, the other is receiving exactly the same amount of light as always.  We have finally received permission to prune the trees of the 'medieval hedge' behind our property (subjectg to a TPO) which will help somewhat with tree no. 1 but I don't think that's the whole problem.  I'm glad to hear that I am not alone, Musher, although I must admit that there is no difference in leaf size in my trees.  Well, we'll just cherish the few flower heads we do have and hope for better things next year!!.  Thanks for your input, Forkers: as always, I knew I could rely on someone out there! 

Happy gardening in this beautiful - and slightly warmer, thank goodness - weather!


Posted: 02/05/2017 at 08:56

Has anyone else got a problem with their lilacs?  I have 2 white lilacs which, for the 6 years we've been here, have flowered beautifully and heavily.  Both trees - in separate parts of the garden - are healthy with no leaf drop/curl/yellowing, no bugs of any description and there has been no change in the way they are treated.  Everything in their vicinity is doing very well.  Yet the lilac flowerheads are few and far between this year; I have to say that those which are there are very healthy.  We live in Newark...any ideas?

Containers of tulips

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 10:04

Many thanks for that advice...I shall follow it all to the letter.  I have an old windowbox which I can put them in to "over-summer".  I shall look forward to seeing them again next year!  Deep mauve and pale cream in one pot and red and bright white in another; they've been fabulous so I'd love to keep that going for a couple of years at least!!

Breaking the rules

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 14:53

Indeed, pbff; and aren't we lucky to have plants?  All this sunshine and my spring flowers are all blooming away as though there's no tomorrow.  And as for the crab apple - suffice to say that I think I may need to get a whole load more Kilner jars this year...

Discussions started by lydiaann


Anyone else suffering from it? 
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What can I sow now?

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Only my problem? 
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Containers of tulips

Now what? 
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Too late to prune photinia?

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Seed saving

Does it work? 
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Standard Lavender

Size of pot 
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Non-success with my veggies

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Are they grafted plants? 
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Blind tulips

Good to go, or got to go? 
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This crazy climate

Earliest ever? 
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Raking leaves

So good for you! 
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Bonus blooms 
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Tomatoes gone wild

They didn't read the label 
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