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Latest posts by Pamela14

MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 09:48

Hi Bev - will do! Sending you virtual cake - any preference?

MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 09:04

Thanks all - great advice, especially Dovefromabove! We moved in in August 2011. The first year was taken up with tidying up and planning our wedding, unpacking boxes and managing to fit in work too!

Summer 2012 and this spring have been a revelation with so many surprises popping up in the garden. Apparently we have fritillaries- didn't see them last year.

I think my favourite job has to be pruning - I'm ruthless and it's so cathartic!

A friend helped to remove a particularly evil and diseased kiftsgate rose which was great fun. However, it has left the overgrown rhodie it was growing through somewhat decimated! has anyone got advice about how hard to prune a rhodie for regeneration and control?

Where we are. the Big Map.

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 08:55

Yay - I'm a blue balloon in Romsey. Took me a while to work out that you need to click on edit 

Vine Weevil

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 08:48

Thanks Verdun - what about adding the lavender?

MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 08:45

Hi GillyL!

I'm not sure what some of them are. The previous owner was very keen on collecting different varieties of things like hellebores, many different roses and clematis. There's an ammsonia (?) which took ages to identify, and different varieties of epimedium - beautiful this spring once I read about cutting back the leaves . I have myrtles which sadly have been blasted by the frost as has a mexican sunbush - but they look like they are making a recovery. Rhododendrons (when is a rhodie an azalea?!), the most fragrant daphne I have ever come across and lots of camellias.

I am going for a cottage garden look with foxgloves, aquilegia etc as well as herbs and soft fruit. I am keen to get a veggie garden going but I'm not really sure how to get started on that. Hubby is v keen so maybe I can pass that project on to him!

 

MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 08:31

Good morning everyone! I felt moved to say hi as I've been reading your threads for a little while now and it's such a warm and supportive community. 

I am fairly new to gardening but I love it already! I have moved into a house previously owned by a very keen gardener so I have inherited great planting schemes and really unusual plants. Quite a responsibility to keep it going!

Everything is finally bursting into life which is wonderful to see

Have a good day everyone 

Vine Weevil

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 08:18

Hi again everyone!

Thank you for all your valuable advice and such an interesting debate to follow.

A quick update - I spread the soil out for a day or two (much to the excitement of my two jack russells!) then used it to top up a depleted border that had had elderly lavender in it for many years (now removed and I'm questionning whether to add it to the compost heap).

As a stop gap before I think of something more dramatic to do I have planted the border up with pretty bedding plants (with the help of lovely hubby) and have stood back to see what happens.

Everything is healthy so far, early days though. I have since found one VW grub which was unceremoniously squashed!

thanks everyone

Compost making

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 08:07

Morning all!

Is lavender a suitable addition to a compost heap? I gather it has antiseptic properties and I'm concerned that it may have a detrimental effect on the useful bugs in the compost heap!

Can anyone help?

Flea beetles

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 14:06

Hi all! 

I think I have flea beetles munching on an unidentified small tree in my garden. Can anyone advise me whether this needs action, or should I live and let live?! The mystery tree is next to blackcurrants and gooseberries.

Thanks 

red hot pokers

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 15:08

This is great advice! I have grown some from plug plants earlier and I am trying to work out where to plant them. 

Discussions started by Pamela14

Fertilisers

recommendations 
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December planting

Too late to plant out? 
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Recommended Brands

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mystery chrysalis

Yellow and green chrysalis on a red hot poker leaf 
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Compost making

adding lavender 
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Flea beetles

leaf attack 
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Vine Weevil

Re-using soil 
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Pruning old box hedge

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Poorly pansies

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