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If you could have any plant / tree in your garden

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 09:15

If I had the space, a proper big oak tree and a majestic cedar.

If I had acidic soil, lovely papery, silky blue and red meconopsis poppies and then I could also grow magnolias, rhodos, azaleas and pieris.

However, I'm blessed with very fertile, decent alkaline loam with a some clay and can grow all sorts of things that love that as long as they can stand the long, cold, exposed winters.  I just wish the weeds didn't know about my soil..


winter pansies can they carry on

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 16:12

I saw one profesional grower on TVrecently who says cutting them back and feeding them in June/July helps them pick up and carry on for another season of flowers but I would consider plantig them out in the borders as ground cover and buying new stock for next winter's baskets, pots and troughs.

planting combinations at chelsea

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 13:18

Looks like Gardener's Garters to me but may be a newer variety.  Invasive.

Full sun fragrant climbing rose

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 13:16

For a yellow rose, try Graham Thomas or Teasing Georgia from David Austin.  Both are short climbers and will need the support of either a trellis or wires.  They will repeat flower, have good perfume and be disease resistant.   DA also have red roses so go and look at their website.

You can get round rose repeat disease by simply digging out a big hole at least 60cms wide and deep and filling it with fresh soil beefed up with good garden compost, well rotted manure and some slow release fertiliser such as blood, fish and bone or pelleted chicken manure.   Make sure you plant the new rose with its graft join a couple of inches below the surface and keep it watered until it is fully established.

The soil you excavate will be fine for othher plants but depleted of nutrients as roses are very greedy.

Fuchsia cuttings

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 18:42

Fuchsias are better in dappled shade than in full sun.

I think I know the answer but....

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 18:33

I think you need to identify suitable stems and pin them down at a point where you then make a small corss in the membrane so they can set roots.  Like you would strawberry runners in wee pots.

New EU law to block gardeners collecting and growing from their own seeds.

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 09:20

You can buy Weed seeds and starter packs at the plant stalls in Amsterdam.  It'll be interesting to see if those seeds get registered.

Hello Jro - and any other old friends

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 09:18

Hi Jro.  For new feet you have to be careful where you go.   I've had bunions for years but they didn't bother me till the metatarsals gave up too and disconnected from the next 3 toes so I've had the bunions fixed and two metatarsals shortened on each foot and the toes reattached.   The third should heal by itself now the pressure is off.

First chap I saw said the metatarsals were unfixable.  Two other chaps in Brussels said yes we can and I went with the one who would do them fastest so I only lose one season of dancing and dog walking, not to mention gardening.

Your neighbour is a nightmare.  Are there no rules about damaging a neighbour's property?    I'm sorry you haven't the energy for veggies.  Our crops were hopeless last year because of the cold, dark, wet summer so we've transformed one long veggie bed into a black and redcurrant bed as they look after themselves but I've planted assorted cabbage plugs in one bed and red onion sets in another.   Salads to go in soon and a couple of pumpkins then I have pak choi to sow later on but that'll be it really apart from the other soft fruit and rhubarb which also require very little attention.

Possum is looking at Louvain-la-Neuve and Namur for university.  Doesn't want to live away from home just yet and doesn't fancy the commute to ULB in Brussels.   They all do open days at the autumn and spring half terms so 6th formers can go and sit in on lectures and see how things work which is great as parents don't have to trail along.   She has all summer to decide and register.  No system of offers and grades here.  They just need to pass their bacc to get in and then pass their exams each year to stay on and complete their degrees.  

OH isn't a gardener either but he likes it to look good and does labour and will dig or carry when I ask and has been cutting the grass for me.   Since Early April, I have a woman who can tell the difference between weed and treasure who now comes for 5 hours every other week.  It's a bit like painting the Forth bridge clearing weeds in my beds after last year's neglect and my absence this spring but we'll get there and we're already doing plant swaps.

Sunny here today but it won't last.  More cold and rain expected for the next few days. 


New EU law to block gardeners collecting and growing from their own seeds.

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 08:35

I really don't understand why people get so exercised about the EU before informing themselves about what is really happening. It is to do with seed varieties having to be registered in order to be sold, a process which costs a lot of money. Seed companies only register varieties that sell well, those that don't are dropped from catalogues and may disappear. The EU's argument is that registration ensures the quality of seeds being sold.  

It is not going to interfere with gardeners swapping seeds.   It will make it harder to get unusual varieties of seeds but Garden Organic already has a way round that problem for saving old vegetable varietties.    Others will, i'm sure, find ways round the new rules.

It should not be forgotten that there is a British officialdom menatlity that means rules are applied in the UK to excess as the Jobsworths over interpret regulations.   EU rules are there to try and bring equality of standards and competition across many countries of diverse incomes, productivity, character and customs.   There is, for example, no Health and Safety department at my local council here in Belgium.  People are expected to use common sense.

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