Latest posts by Marinelilium

what does your garden mean to you

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 11:36

I resurrected my old post on BBC gardening board thread from May 2007 because nine years have passed  and so so much has changed but my garden still grounds me.

"For me my garden is:
Rosy cheeks and black fingernails, delicious scents and manure, wildlife sanctuary and slugs, fitness and joint ointment, tranqil peace and machinery, high hopes and bitter disappointments, glorius sunshine and hosepipe ban, morning dew and winter deluges, dappled shade and frost pockets. It is all life in a fenced, hedged and walled nutshell because anything of true value has to cost you blood, sweat or tears. I adore my garden because I love being alive and nurturing life."

Non-Flowering Wisteria

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 08:34

"This may be the year" is a gardening mantra of mine. High hopes and expectations, and fortitude when disappointed, is part-and-parcel of our gardening and is good for us. We learn and we grow it!


Posted: 17/04/2016 at 08:20

Buying the nematode treatment is worth every penny when you put time, effort and money into seedlings and your food crops only to find they have been devoured overnight.

It took years of organic gardening, to get toads, frogs, birds and beneficial insects to do most of the pest control. The balance comes, but just not the next morning, (That means seaweed and chicken pellet based fertilisers, homemade garlic bug spray, no digging, compost mulches etc). 

Anomander: Frogs and toads send their best regards. For your lottie a sunken half barrel is enough of a pond...."Build it and they will come" 


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.

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