Latest posts by lydiaann


Posted: 28/05/2016 at 14:46

I have 2 honeysuckles (can't remember the variety), one either side of a narrow pergola opening, i.e. about 6-8 feet apart.  One is always absolutely covered (overnight) in aphids at this time of year and the other never.  This year, the aphid problem seems even worse but the usual heavy spray yesterday evening seems to have done the trick as usual - and I won't have to do it again.  There is not a sign of them on the rambler planted very close to it, nor even on the lupins (6 feet away), which can often suffer the same fate.  Is there any particular reason why 2 plants of the same variety should differ so?


Posted: 05/05/2016 at 16:48

But same 'trunk'...that's what I don't understand.

Awful new format for forum

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 15:40 seems to take ages to find out what's going on and we spend time scrolling.  I agree, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".


Posted: 04/05/2016 at 15:37

I seem to have 2 skimmia varieties on one plant.  One is Skimmia confuse "Kew Green" and the other is Skimmia Rubella.  Are they grafted?  Or is this one a 'chimera' of the plants world?

(Not sure I like this new format...!)

Natures anti inflammatory medicines

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 09:11

There are many, many plants and animals from which we can get "curative potions" and from which a myriad of herbalists, large and small, make products to deal with almost every condition known to man.  Unfortunately, as was stated, taken wrongly - or unwittingly -  alongside medically prescribed medications they can cause untold harm.  We have to remember that many of these preparations are untested and not registered and their manufacturers, particularly the smaller ones, are unlicensed. After having a very severe reaction to what turned out to be black cohosh in a preparation designed to alleviate the devastating effects of menopause, I consulted my doctor who asked me why I, as a 5 ft 8 in, 135-pound woman would take the same dosage as a woman twice my size or half my size; I could see his point.  My advice is, first alwaysread the label (I am allergic to shellfish, and it is amazing how many mixtures for joint damage and arthritis are made from crustacean exoskeletons) and second, think twice and read up on the product before taking it.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 12:16

Beautiful day so managed to get in some pulsatilla and aubretia.  I also dead-headed some daffies and trimmed off my cornus sibirica.  It looks as though the 2 lilacs are going to be covered in blooms (both white) and the ribes ('Buffalo currant') with clove-scented yellow flowers is doing extremely well.  However, the spirea should have been hard pruned last year (I do it every 2 years) and wasn't. so is now suffering for it; accordingly, it has been dealt with severely. 

Climber advice - clay soil, south facing!!

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 12:12

I have clay soil and have planted, successfully, the pyracantha, flowering quince (chaenomoles), clematis armandii, jasmine (winter and summer), roses and clematis.  Clematis (apart from armandii) and roses are both deciduous but look lovely when intertwined. 

Shrub border done :-)

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 12:09

Great job Bristol!  For a 'non-gardener' that is hugely impressive and you should be proud of your efforts, it looks great!  You can be my neighbour any time!

Going to the other thread, I don't know why people insist on stealing plants.  Years ago, I bought a brand-new variety of tulip for my garden from Keukenhof (we were living in Holland at the time).  Went out early one Saturday evening and they looked so beautiful (a dark aubergine colour) along with the late jonquils and creamy tulips in the weak, late sunshine.  On Sunday morning, every single one, along with a few of the other flowers in the border, was gone, cut off at 'vase length'...the Sunday was Mothering Sunday.  I was so mad!!

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 16:28

Weeded, deadheaded the hydrangea, pruned out a load of dead wood from a clematis (and threw the dried twigs over the fence under the 'heritage hedge' for the birds to collect for their nests), emptied the window box of the pansies and got in just before the heavens opened.  Sat and watched the feeders: long-tailed, blue and great tits, 2 goldfinches - and a cheeky squirrel hanging precariously upside down to get at the nuts.  However, a pigeon dive-bombed him as he (the pigeon) headed for the water dish.  (This particular bird prefers that for a bird bath rather than the proper one a few metres away!)

More haste.......

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 16:23

Got into my bed and realized I hadn't cleaned my teeth.  Got out, went to the bathroom, didn't turn the light on (landing light was good enough, right?) and cleaned my teeth with - my visiting brother's shaving cream...Needless to say, I was not best pleased.

Discussions started by lydiaann

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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Common Ash

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