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Hello Jro - and any other old friends

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 14:48

It's good to know you're still around Jro though I'm really sorry to learn about your neighbour problems.  It must be so dispiriting.  Hope the weather improves soon to cheer you up and warm your bones.

I haven't done much gardening this year either as i've been getting new feet.  Last year I lost a few months to surgery for a slipped disk in my neck and this year i've needed both feet fixing so, apart from some seed sowing and potting on I haven't done much except for a two week gap at Easter between getting the oprthopedic boot off the right foot and having the same op on the left.

Next is lots of physio to teach my toes to bend again and walk properly.  I've discovered you can't put on boots and shoes with non bendy toes so am living in flip flops.  Not good for weeding nettles or digging or doing anything when it's thi s cold.   When it's all over I'm going to hang my crutches on a wall like crossed swords and then display my selection of 3 different orthopaedic boots in the gaps.

All this means the weeds are rampant and i've don elots of embroidery while blobbing on the sofa.   I can at least drive now so am no longer housebound and have been doing garden group meetings and a plant sale and I hope to be back in full gardening and dog walking mode by this summer and dancing again in September.    We've started work on our barn and have a lovely new garden shed which needs painting and shelving and filling and maybe some new beds in front.  

Went to Chelsea with my scientists and a wheelchair and had a great, but exhausting time.  Found it a bit dull for a special centenary show but loved the planting and sculptures in Chris Beardshaw's garden and the use of space and plants in the Homebase garden.   The Stoke garden was clever too but, generally, I found the planting and design in the artisanal and fresh gardens far more interesting than in the big show gardens.   The floral marquee was, as always, brilliant.

I hope all goes well for the A levels.  Possum is doing her baccalauerat in 11 subjects but is dithering about what to do at university.  It was going to be ancient history and archaeology but now she thinks maybe languages...........

Two grandchildren.   Yikes!    Lots of changes.

Delphiniums from seed

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 14:28

I think these need a good root system to support those tall flowering spikes so I'd cut them back too and keep potting on and feeding and hope to get a great show next year.

Weeds in gravel garden

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 14:26

Wolf garden tools system.  You buy handles of varying lengths and then attach the head needed for what you're doing - hoes, rakes, brooms, lawn edgers, cultivators, pruning saw and many more.  Have a google and then go checkout a good garden centre or DIY store.

Jro - I'll start a new thread rather than go further astray on this one..

Weeds in gravel garden

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 13:17

Hello Jro.   How are you and yours, and your garden?

Weeds in gravel garden

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 12:19

Weeds in teh garden are like dust in the home.  No matter how clean and neat and tidy you are they always come back because they are designed to survive which means they can propoagte themselves from tiny bits of root left in the soil and from seeds that have lain dormant for ages or sprout fresh form a flower you missed pulling.

Weeds in gravel are easy enough to pull by hand, especially after rain, or can be carefully scalped with a Dutch hoe or one of those lovely double edged Wolf heads.   Regular pulling and hoeing will weaken them in the end.   If you have a large area use a glyphosate based product but with care as it is indiscriminate in what it kills and leaves residues in the environment which will no doubt come back to haunt us all.



Posted: 26/05/2013 at 12:09

Aubretia require full sun and good drainage.  i suggest you try something better suited to a shady position - fuchsias, impatiens New Guinea varieties, begonias, ferns, campanula carpatica, clematis - some, such as integrifolia forms, are small and don't need trellis support - corydalis, some hardy geraniums, hostas, hydrangeas, some of the pelargoniums and so on. 

For early spring there are many narcissi and primulas that will flower happily for you and can trhen be replaced by others to continue teh season of interest.   A lot depends on the size of your pots and troughs and the kind of compost you are using and how much time you have to feed, water, dead head and nurture.

Remove Crocosmia

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 11:51

i'm afraid that glyphosate, like any opther garden chemical, does have a long term effect on the environment.  Just because it becomes inert on contact with teh soil and only kills the plants with whose green parts it has been in contact doesn't mean it isn't getting into water ways and water tables or being ingested by other organisms, including humans.

I know of scientists conducting environmental research on behalf of the EU and who say it is likely to be banned in the not too distant future. 

There are others who have found high levels of glyphosate in processed sugars, corn and wheat and who believe it is affecting beneficial bacteria in the human gut and thus leading to an increase in digestive problems such as Crohn's disease, IBS and even obesity tendencies -

I personally never buy any Monsanto products but I do use other glyphosate products where no other conventional weeding techniques work.    I would advise its use but with great care, especially near water courses and do not exceed the recommended doses.   Adding a drop or two of washing up liquid to the mix helps it stay on the plants you want to kill and do its work better.



Posted: 25/05/2013 at 17:53

Look at the Hull website I gave you.  It allows you to search on aspect, flowering time, colour, size and so on.   Always choose the biggest pot you can for clematis as they have thick, fleshy roots that go down a long way and don't like to get warm.

All group 3s are quick growing after a spring prune and a good feed.  There is cultivation and pruning info on that website too.


Posted: 24/05/2013 at 14:55

That's Ok as a liquid tonic.  They need a slow release food applied in spring - blood, fish and bone, pelleted chicken manure, specialist clematis food - and occasional boosts of rose or tomato food to encourage more flowers.


Posted: 24/05/2013 at 14:53

A baby robinia will go the same way as your current one.   Try gleditsia instead.  Golden fliage and no sickness - so far.

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