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starter garden japanise style help please

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 22:56

Hello Diane.

I admire your interest.  To be honest.  The size of your garden is likely to restrict you quite a bit.  I tend to agree with JANAPANA.  I do think that perhaps some personal research is required.  The kind of research that , how can I say.  'Puts you in the mood'  Japanese garden design does just that.  I think that the japanese design is intended to cultivate the mind, rather than the eye, as in perhaps the case of shall we say, english gardens.  Please keep us upto date on your progress.

A Sticky or Notice Board thread.

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 20:56

Thanks Dove.  I suppose the obvious is to start a thread, and a required later, to simply raise the thread again and add-on.

Grafting on newly planted apple rootstock

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 20:53

Times have changed.  Once upon a time.  Grafting and budding was carried out in the open field.  Nowadays most is completed, undercover and on the work bench.  However, I note that you have already planted your rootstocks.  I'd say.  Go ahead. It might be advisable to offer some form of protection at the graft sight, due to the very unbalanced weather we are having.  This is my general advice.  You might wish to check further via other sources.

A Sticky or Notice Board thread.

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 23:40

Initially requested of our host Daniel.  Perhaps other members might also be interested.

So as to save constant New Threads.  Could we have a a Sticky or fixed thread, whereby members can post up and comining show dates etc.   Just a thought.

Growing under staging in a poly tunnel

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 23:23

Richard.  I have never found any printed info on this subject.  Hence I would class it under my.  ' Try it out, experiment'  Notes.   You are at an advantage to me.  Your poly tunnel gives you a certain amount of side light.  So the real bug bare is  the eventual height restriction.  My cedarwood greenhous is boarde upto stagging height.  However I use the under stage area for pot and container storage. Especiall for my lilies during winter.  Then as they start to grow, I move them out and place them on the stagging until they reach the roof.  Then they are returned to floor level.  So really the choice is yours.  Gardening is well documented and has been for decades.  Basics are learned, then eventually the gardener wants to chance his/her arm and experiment.  Main thing is Richard.  Once you stick something under the counter, please don't foget it.  Some plants wil make rapid growth when striving to get more light.  Please let's know how you get on.

Berberis thunbergii pronunciation

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 22:55

thun-berg-ee-a.  [the 'g' in berg, Can be soft as in burger, or hard as in General]  The two 'ee's are as in a capital E.

Sometimes thunbergia drops the final 'a' and is replaced by 'ii'  In this case.  The first 'i' sounds like, as in ink.  The second as a capital I.


This same priciple applies to many botanical names, where ia is used and also ii.

That should get you an exam pass.

Grass seed

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 22:36

Forgive the silly question, but I'm sure it will be taken in good faith.

Your lawn!  Do you mean a grass area?  A usually lush well manicured area of grass.  or something like a bowling green?  From the types you list.  I would assume it is a general area used by children pets and all. From experience.  I'd simply go for a mixture of.  Chewings fescue.  Canadian brown top and ordinary meadow grass.  Properly maintaned, this will give good service for years.  Hope this helps.

Talkback: Sparrows

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 22:15

Friend from Dulwich.  Quite close to Eltham.  Sadly sparrows all but disappeared from around here when the council closed the way in to lofts etc.  My wife and I would lie awake, listening to their chatter.  Starlings were also great loft nesters.  Althogh I haven't heard one yet, this year but.  Year after year, wrens have nested in the ivy on the house next door.  Believe me.  The saying.  'It's always the small ones that make the noise'  The wren is such a noisy one in the morning.  Cockney sparrow.  I believe this comes from East End slang.  Relating to the market traders barrow boys.  Ere come me ol' cockney sparrow, wiv' 'is market barrow.

next season

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 22:04

Orchid Lady.


Mike has checked all his books.  Can't find the genus 'bargain' anywhere

Soggy Discentra

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 17:32

Actually, you can buy a water/light meter.  Very cheap.  The probe is inserted into the compost, the needle indicates degree of moisture.   Oh for the days of the clay pots.  A gentle tap on the pot gave a good indication.

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