Latest posts by lydiaann

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.

Can I plant Hostas here?

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 09:10

I have 3 hostas (one green, one 'blue' and one variegated) that never get slugs.  They are in the shade of a north-facing fence and an east-facing lilac/fence.  Behind this east-facing fence is a 'heritage hedge' - a line of trees (field maple, hawthorn, hornbeam, etc.) and thus the ground is always dry.  Therefore, the only water they get are what I give them and I find a good water twice a week, even in the hottest weather, keeps them alert and slug free.  Such a difference to my last garden, where evening forays would be necessary even though I had grapefruit halves with a little beer in them all behind the plants!


Posted: 12/06/2016 at 10:16

Thursday was still lovely weather, so we went outside and scrubbed out one water butt and replaced it.  Its overflow butt was almost empty, so finished that off in the evening on the containers and one border, with the intention of scrubbing that one on Friday.  Busy in the a.m. then in the afternoon, we had a torrential thunderstorm that lasted about an hour.  Goodie, I thought, a couple of inches in the clean butt to start us off again (there was 3 inches of rainwater in a bucket I had inadvertently left outside) and I could maybe pop out between showers to do the other one out.  Amazingly, after that one hour of rain, the clean water butt was full to the brim...even more amazingly, so was the overflow butt - and they are both big containers! No wonder yesterday a.m. saw me tidying up and cutting out fallen lupins, battered to death, giving the geraniums the 'Chelsea Chop' as they were too "bloody and bowed" to stand upright and sorting out my containers and climbing plants.  I'm hoping for a decent spell this aft to sort out the rest of the garden...but then, that's what we live for, isn't it?

Can I plant Hostas here?

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 10:04

Lily of the valley, Solomon's seal, sarcococcus, skimmia (miniature) - they'd all work well if you want white.


Posted: 12/06/2016 at 09:59

It's 'cuckoo spit' - unsightly, but won't harm the plants.  Just hose it away each day and your plants will be fine.

Red spider mite

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 09:54

The BBC has a good article on red spider mite, see link below.  I know that they are particularly bad this year, as are aphids.  You are not the only one battling them, we have a lot in our area (Newark) with people complaining that they are inside and out.

Non-success with my veggies

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 09:57

I don't think we have mice - have never seen any signs of them (droppings, etc.) and it just seems to be this year.  As I said, I've managed to produce some stuff over the years and this year the patch has NOT been composted/fertilised at all.  I left all the sowing until the last weekend in April as we were away earlier that month and it's not fair asking someone to come in and water seedlings all over the place!  I shall keep trying in the hope that this warmer weather (inc. nights) will help.  And next year I may try indoor stuff first.  Thanks, Forkers!!

Discussions started by lydiaann

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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Cotinus coggygria

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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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Runner beans

Not good 
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