Mrs S

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Late May wedding

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 18:13

Hi thanks, some great ideas. I'll look into lily of the valley. I think my friend has loads in her garden. What about bluebells are these out end of May? I have lots in my garden.

Late May wedding

Posted: 14/09/2013 at 10:21

Thanks for good luck wishes James, I'll need it!

Cow parsley sounds a brilliant idea thank you.

Late May wedding

Posted: 14/09/2013 at 09:48

My daughter is getting married on May 24th, it will be a country style wedding , very informal. I want to grow flowers for the tables. Some displayed in milk bottles. I am thinking late tulips, possibly Rannunculas brought on in pots in the greenhouse and maybe some hyacinths started late in glass jars. Colours will probably be white, blue, pale yellow. My garden is in a sheltered spot in North East Wales. Any tips, ideas, warnings, backup plans gratefully received. Best place to buy bulbs anybody?


Potatoes (again-sorry!)

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 09:30
Indeed we have had plenty too. I meant because they were in bags and maybe in a greenhouse.

Pear midge??

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 09:26
My husband is not really into gardening but has taken an interest in a large pear tree in our garden. We moved here 6years ago and the first year had loads of pears. Since then it has been a failure, virtually all the small fruits falling off. He did a bit of research and we discovered it was pear midge. We had seen a lot of small flies on a sunny day when the blossom is out. Also the blacks fruits had very tiny larvae in them. So last year he picked up all or most of the fruits and disposed of them and I put up yellow sticky traps in spring to catch any flies, to try and break the life cycle. Much to his despair the fruits are all on the ground again! He is now talking of cutting all the branches down to 3 foot so he can cut all the blossom off next year to break the cycle. I like the tree as it attracts the birds and covers the house next door. Any other ideas? I don't want to use insecticides.

Floppy poppies

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 09:11
I have 3 oriental poppies, the leaves do go to look very raggy and the whole plant goes floppy but the flowers unfurl so beautifully it's worth it. I support mine early on, although they are meant to be a bit floppy and I grow other flowers around them, such as hardy geraniums to cover the tatty foliage. When they finish flowering I chop them more or less to the ground and they produce nice tidy new leaves.

Potatoes (again-sorry!)

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 08:52
Isn't it the case, that after they have flowered there are usually potatoes and this is when they need extra water too?

Growing Blueberries

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 09:45
Do you need 2 blueberry plants to get fruit?

plant support for crocosmia lucifer

Posted: 18/03/2012 at 09:42
For the small ones put upside down wire hanging baskets over them before they have sprouted too much and they will grow through. My friend gave me this tip for cat mint to stop cats flattening it.

Novice Gardener needs help

Posted: 18/03/2012 at 08:53
You need to think a bit about your soil and how much sun or shade. If you don't you might waste money by putting plants that like shade in the sun or acid loving plants in soil that is not acidic. Look at your neighbours gardens, see what you like that grows well. I would go for perennials and smalls shrubs.
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