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Hardy Plants and Trees

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 14:00

Mine was planted in a spot that is well drained and other, hardier trees have thrived in that corner of the garden, even a robinia frisia till it got sick with their new disease.

I think £30 is a bit OTT and also suggest that a small tree will establish more easily than a big one so invest your money in a good quality smaller one that will grow faster and soon overtake a more mature tree.

Hardy Plants and Trees

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 12:54

They are supposed to be hardy to about -23C but I expect the limit is less in Britain where we don't get the blankets of insulating snow.

I was given one some years ago and it did well the first two winters after planting but they were normal for here and only down to -15C for two or three weeks in Jan/Feb.

Subsequent winters were colder and after a -20C it decided to become a shrub but died completely the following year.

Moles

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 12:39

They eat worms which are so essential to healthy soil.   They upend plants.  They leave precious roots dangling in air when they tunnel and the plant withers and dies.   They undermine the lawn which is then dangerous to walk on because of turned ankles or twisted knees or jolted vertebrae.  

When they move on to new tunnels, other rodents from voles to rats move in to their tunnels and then eat roots and bulbs and then the dog hears the critters moving around underground and tries to dig them out and the place looks like a bombsite.

Nothing at all cute or lovable about moles.

If the cat or dog catch and kill one they don't even eat it as they taste so bad and the crows don't pick off the corpse either.

Nothing at all cute or lovable about moles.

If I find a live one I relocate it across the neighbouring paddock in the hope it won't work its way back across the stream.    When they drive me to extremes I get out the mole blaster because, tho I try to live and let live, the moles haven't read that manual and sometimes, as with rats, enough is enough.

National Garden Competition 2015.

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 21:10

Edd - have a look a this - http://www-be.detaupeur.com/

Be patient as it takes a while to get to the point.   Great little gadget tho.  Sadly not available in the UK.

National Garden Competition 2015.

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 18:26

I can't see where it says the entries should be safe but I too have unfenced water, thorny plants, poisonous plants and pavers that are slippery when wet but I suspect the most dangerous thing in the garden is me when I let loose with the secateurs and loppers and am in that happy hacky mood or maybe when I'm setting the mole blaster.

Day Lily.. Corky

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 23:03

My smallish yellow flowered hemerocallis have been flowering for a couple of weeks now and wafting perfume about but none of the others is flowering yet and I have all sorts.  Most were split last autumn so should be in fine fettle however it's been a cold, dry spring here and maybe that's holding them back.

Ants vs lettuce

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 13:59

Just keep them well watered.  Lettuce like moisture retentive soil or compost.   Ants indicate your compost is too dry.  

If that fails, once the compost is properly damp again, water the pot with a solution of one small bottle of oil of cloves in 5 litres of water and pour that on.   They don't like the smell and will move out but the compost has to be damp or it'll just go straight through and not work.

Geraniums

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 13:19

I do it to nearly all of mine then give them a feed of pelleted chicken manure and a good drink.  3 weeks later they have a fresh covering of new foliage which is healthy and attractive even if they don't flower again, but they often do.

Monty's watering advice

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 13:13

Surely the art of a gardening programme such as GW is to show us what is possible, what is good practice and what to do now and why so that we all learn, or have reminders or new info on techniques and plants, whatever our abilities, budget and level of experience.

I find Monty's approach baffling at times.  He'll say something like sow your own foxgloves and get 100 plants for £2.50 packet of seed but then feature great hulking expensive purple bananas that the average gardener can't hope to protect in their average sized plots and sheds and greenhouses.

He'll say things like right plant, right place and know its origins to get it right then mess about growing these bananas or planting melons in a dodgy hot bed when many of us are having a job just to get squash and pumpkins to cope with the cold, dry weather this year. 

Allium 'Purple Sensation'

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 12:42

A lot depends on where you are and how old the bulbs are.  I have new allium bulbs such as Allium sphaerocephalon planted last autumn that are still in bud whilst the new Christophii are almost at their full OTT glory.

Older ones of several forms are already going over and setting seed including tall white ones and puprle sensation and shorter purple chives.  White chives are still flowering.   Their nectarospordum cousins are just opening their flower heads.   All are fabulous for bees and other beneficial insects and are good for companion planting with roses.

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