Latest posts by Marinelilium


Posted: 16/04/2016 at 15:45


I can't recommend nematode treatment enough! used to collect litres of slugs and snails on night safari but one year of treatment really made the numbers plummet. The dead slugs carry the nematodes back to the soil where they wait for another slug to emerge...brilliant. My little helper has kept numbers in check too 

Non-Flowering Wisteria

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 15:23

EmmaP2 if it's any consolation I waited for a white wisteria to flower for eight years....nothing doing. To add insult to injury the graft failed and rotted and I left the stump to avoid that four letter word - WORK. Well two years later the purple rootstock went crazy. Not the white I wanted but the purple, heavenly-scented one I got.

(Story of my life)


Ye olde Probleme of Screening from Neighboursee!

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 18:15
I would put a plant covered summerhouse, or a pergola for alfresco g&ts or a 'gay zebra' (as AT calls gazebos) at the end of the path then you can enjoy your house and garden from a new perspective.

(Failing that you could just have g&ts to blurr the view...hic***)

New vegetable bed - help with ideas

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 10:26
Looks like Photinia to the right Peter. They can take a good pruning.

Lettuce and peas are good for children to sow as they offer 'quick' reward. Eating peas from the pod or a sugar snap pea is a taste memory for life. Raspberries will be fine in a bit of shade as long as they get 4hours of direct sun.

Children enjoy watching beans sprout from the glass edge of jam jars filled with damp kitchen paper. It shows the Germination process from roots to shoots so they understand plant structure and growth from seeds. That awe and wonder is priceless and a joy to watch.

Anyone started there cosmos seeds yet?

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 16:42
Thought I would resurrect this link from an old post as it shows average dates for frost free zones taken from local weather stations:

It is the big differences in day and night temps that can cause seedling fails as well as poor light levels. Better constant warmth 20C (or constant cool 15C) than roller coaster temps.


Posted: 19/03/2016 at 16:13
That should read 'acacia'


Posted: 19/03/2016 at 15:56
Is it an acassia dealbata? Mimosa flowers which lots of people are allergic to.

Compost composition review

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 15:48
I bought a 20l bag of Homebase Seed and Cutting Compost which was reduced to 2.49 - should have worn a mask to walk away with it at that price.

So far have sown Mangetout, perpetual spinach, lettuces, beets, spring onion, bell peppers, sweet peas, cosmos and golden radish seeds so will let you know how it fares.

Hopefully can sow some of these seeds directly in situ soon and then compare difference with indoor sown ones over the summer.

North-east facing front garden ideas

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 17:02
Peter I have had some more ideas for your NE facing garden borders. Lilium martague, harts tongue ferns, Arum italicum and Zantedeschia aethiopica Crowborough would thrive in that garden. Bergenia would tolerate the shady moist part too.

Which trees to plant in a small ish garden?

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 10:59
Maybe because I am hungry but my thoughts turned to hazelnut, cherry, greengage, plum and apple. Self fertile, all available on various rootstock sizes different, blossom times all deciduous but most importantly DELICIOUS!

just of for coffee 'and a little something' to stave the rumbles ; )

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