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Latest posts by lydiaann

Growing Geraniums

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 16:13

I agree.  I normally don't put mine out until 3rd week of May earliest but your location might suggest the end of April should be okay.  As Darren pointed out, a little higher in the night-time temps wouldn't harm, especially if they are in an exposed location.

Non flowering Honeysuckle

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 16:10

I once had the same problem with a climbing hydrangea.  The lovely man at the Malvern Spring Show suggested an early (late Feb/early Mar) once only application of tomato food which he said was good for all flowering shrubs.  So, the following year I followed his advice and I've never had any problems since.  In fact, I give all my flowering shrubs a weak slosh now.  You may be able to coax a few out but it may be a little can't hurt to try!  Good luck!

What is your weather like?

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 16:06

Newark has had a spectacular spring - nay, early summer - morning and early afternoon but then out of the blue (or rather out of a very sneaky, fast-moving black cloud) came a sudden hailstorm. Thank goodness I had just finished my chores, cleared up all the tools and stepped inside when the heavens opened.  Now we have sunshine and showers so no doubt those pesky weeds that I have pulled up will be replaced by more thugs.  So, I shall just have to console myself with a visit to the garden centre tomorrow, accompanied by a very good friend called Visa...

Bird song is back

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 08:56

B3 - I thought a murmuration was starlings, and then only when they are doing their incredulous aerobatics at dusk?

Bird song is back

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 14:40

We have been commenting that the birds have been singing for quite a while now - despite the earlier cold weather this month.  Now, it's become quite a cacophony.  On early riser (5 a.m.) seems to favour the crab apple tree which is right outside the bedroom window...thank goodness we are retired and don't have to get up at 6 a.m. any more!  Our blackbirds and thrushes are also all back in competition at dusk - lovely.

Blind tulips

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 14:36

Approximately 50 percent of my tulips (about 3-4 years old) are blind this year.  As I rely on them to follow the succession of the crocus and snowdrops, then daffs, on the outside of my property boundary, I'm wondering whether to leave them in once those that are in bud flower - or if I should grub them up and start again in the autumn.  Do blind tulips (or narcissi, for that matter) recover and flower the following year if given the 'right' environmental conditions, or is it curtains for them?

Yellow balls in soil

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 14:33

Sounds like eggs to me - but of what, who knows? Given the amount of rain that fell until 2 weeks ago, I'm guessing you are correct in your diagnosis.  If they are in the veg patch, then I'd get rid of as many as possible otherwise creatures may get to eat your carrots before you do!  I'm about to have a go at my patch (as it seems to be clearing up a bit) so I shall keep an eye out too!!

3rd plot!

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 09:27

Some like partial shade/full sun, but the best ones for north-facing borders are those that are green (as opposed to 'blue') with a white or cream border around the leaves.  Mine, that get no sun at all, are lovely in the summer and still produce loads of flowers despite the shade.  Three varietals are "Christmas Tree", "First Frost" and "Liberty".  Having said that, I have a 'blue' hosta which should be (according to the RHS) in the same partial shade/full sun, just loves being with his more retiring buddies under the forsythia and winter jasmine, sheltered by the fence from any of that silly old sun.

J Parkers let down

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 12:25

I agree with Verdun - and the company name says it all - good for bulbs, rubbish for plants.

Hydrangea outgrown pot ?

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 11:42

About a year ago I posted our difficulties regarding removing a plant from a pot-bellied container, i.e. one with a 'waist-line'.  I am guessing from your "was a bit of a struggle" that you suffered the same as we did...I, too, have learned my lesson and we are using 'a pot within a pot'.  Well done!

Discussions started by lydiaann


Are they grafted plants? 
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Blind tulips

Good to go, or got to go? 
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Last Post: 24/03/2016 at 18:56

This crazy climate

Earliest ever? 
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Last Post: 10/01/2016 at 09:38

Raking leaves

So good for you! 
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Bonus blooms 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 16:40

Tomatoes gone wild

They didn't read the label 
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Last Post: 23/06/2015 at 00:11

Cotinus coggygria

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Last Post: 18/05/2015 at 15:18

Repotting - a word to the wise

Shape of the pot 
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Last Post: 13/05/2015 at 09:51

Why plant daffs in October?

They do just as well if you wait until March! 
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Last Post: 29/04/2015 at 13:37


The perennial problem of black spot 
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Runner beans

Not good 
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Last Post: 13/08/2014 at 20:11

Common Ash

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Red Spider Mite

They're everywhere! 
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Last Post: 21/05/2014 at 21:17

Curly leaves on my plum

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Last Post: 29/04/2014 at 20:59

To prune or not to prune

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