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When to plant 'roots' ?

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 00:32

I bought two geraniums (roots) and a pink Astrantia in Wilko about a week ago. I used to have the blue & white geranium in my previous property and hadn't seen them on sale anywhere until now. I have a creamy white Astrantia and wanted a pink one so thought I'd buy it while it was available - I don't buy the majority of my plants in Wilko, by the way!  My question is, when can I plant them out?  They are in cellophane packets in compost (the geraniums have thin shoots showing) and the instructions say plant asap after purchase and then, in another part 'in early Spring.' CONFUSED!  I live near the south coast but have had a few frosts here lately. I don't have a greenhouse but I have some Fuschia and Pelargonium cuttings and Irises coming on well in my brick shed, which has large windows.


How to design a flower bed

Posted: 09/12/2015 at 19:36

 Half finished - before gravel. Will post pics of finished project (apart from planting and titivating!) tomorrow if weather permits. I will go for dark brown stain on the sleepers - maybe see how it looks before staining the decked area as well.  Gravel is light putty colour so, hopefully, dark wood should make a nice contrast.

How to design a flower bed

Posted: 09/12/2015 at 10:56

Yes, the guy who built my decked area and installed the sleepers didn't recommend the wood 'tints' He said you are forever re-painting. Said they were rubbish, basically. He did mention the 'new' Croesote but said it wasn't as good as the original !

How to design a flower bed

Posted: 08/12/2015 at 23:16

Thanks. Will try again with the photos. I've been warned against Creosote as it can kill plants and to use a woodstain as an alternative.

How to design a flower bed

Posted: 07/12/2015 at 20:51


How to design a flower bed

Posted: 07/12/2015 at 20:50


How to design a flower bed

Posted: 07/12/2015 at 20:47


How to design a flower bed

Posted: 07/12/2015 at 19:34

So glad I found this thread! I have just had a garden 'makeover.'  I moved in April to a house with one of the ugliest back gardens I've ever seen! Concrete City plus walls and rectangular block pond covered with red floor paint!

It is all multi-levels with high raised borders and small rockery at the top. I have posted pics. Garden is now transformed with pale gravel, a paved area at the top, and two raised beds - one L shaped and the other very small with raised deck next to it (pic to follow.) Soil is sandy and light - covering a layer of upside down turfs over rubble in the little bed. Any suggestions re plants? I've been advised to be careful re size of plants for the small bed and to maybe use a colour theme (say blue/pink/white.) Garden gets morning sun and the raised beds face east. 

One query before I finish this rather long post - the levels of gravel are retained with new pine sleepers. My first instinct was to colour them dark brown to contrast with the putty colour gravel but my garden 'installer' says they will weather. Presumably this will be that rather lovely greyish colour - I can't stand toffee colour pine (the iinside of the house was full of it!)  Any idea how long it would take for the sleepers to weather? Once I paint them I can't change my mind and wish I'd waited. (Yes, I am rather impatient!)  photos won't load - will keep trying!


Recommend a good bird food?

Posted: 25/11/2015 at 00:21

Hi folks - I have just moved and haven't yet got organised with a bird feeding regime but in my previous place I used to buy the Peckish range of birdfood. The favourite of my birdtable clientele was the Nesting & Young Birds variety. The robins loved it and it wasn't padded out with wheat (favoured by the cheaper ranges and usually in the 'Wild Bird Seed' mixes.) These cheaper foods are really only suitable for pigeons - which are a confounded nuisance and about the only species on the increase. Robins, tits etc are not seed eaters so cheap food is not suitable. I make a very popular bird 'cake' which attracts Robins, Tits, Long Tailed Tits, Nuthatches, Woodpeckers and the usual starlings. Strangely,my previous home wasn't in an area with many sparrows. Recipe: 2 handfuls peanuts and 4-5 slices of (preferably wholemeal) bread - whizzed in a processor or coffee grinder -  a good handful mixed birdseed, one handful, sunflower seeds, one handful dried mealworms. Melt approx 1/3 block of Britannia dripping in a saucepan (lard is too soft) and mix in the dry ingredients.This should resemble pastry mix - moist enough to pack into shallow jars (which can be hung up with string) or I also use plastic 1/2 pint beer glasses which I refrigerate then dip in hot water and easily turn the solidified cake out. If you can be bothered you can insert a cardboard disc with a knotted string through it to hang up. This mix is always devoured with relish and attracts just about every species. I make 3-4 and keep them in the fridge or freezer. Incidentally, if you turn out pots and containers for re-filling and find the white Vine Weevil grubs which eat plant roots - robins will go mad for them! 


What's this then?

Posted: 19/11/2015 at 15:08

I'm sure you (nearly) all know what Knotweed looks like but for those who are not sure, I managed to upload a pic. !




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When to plant 'roots' ?

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