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Dreaded Dandelions

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 20:47

I have used 'Green Thumb' for a number of years now - for £100 per year (4 visits) I am very happy.  However, I do not have a wildflower meadow, but do grow many plants to attract bees, butterflies etc. 

Picking tomatoes

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 20:42

Gently pluck them off the vine once they have turned red (or orange, yellow), but never green! And never the whole truss!  Unless, of course, they have all turned the required red (or orange, yellow) at the same time.


Posted: 20/07/2014 at 17:32

I was talking to a hosta grower at RHS Hampton Court, and he recommended the large, blue, ridged hostas for my garden, which is plagued with slugs and snails.  He suggested placing the pellets some few inches from the actual plant, as they are attracted to them, they then consume them and die  before reaching the hosta.  I've got smaller green varieties growing in pots, which have been demolished this year, but looked really good last year.  Probably due to the mild, wet winter. Copper works quite well. In the past, I have put the terracotta pots into an attractive copper pan.

Talkback: Monty Don and Gardeners' World

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 14:06

Oh dear, I thought perhaps Monty was poorly again, but relieved to learn that Jane was having a senior moment.


Posted: 13/07/2014 at 09:10

I'll be watching this space too, as I love Peonies, but not sure if I have the right conditions, as my sunny border is a bit crowded at the moment.

Plants to identify

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 09:03

Yes, I'd heard that some people received Aquilegia instead of Scabiosa.  The Coreopsis is growing particularly well.  The varieties are G. Mrs Bradshaw, S. Beaujolais Bonnet, C. Canterbury Bell, C. Golden Joy.

Missing 38 Dahlias

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 21:21

I have come to the conclusion that it is not worth my while growing Dahlias.  I start them off as tubers in pots in the greenhouse, and put them in the border once they're established.  However, although the flowers look good, the leaves are chewed by slugs - not a pretty sight!

Plants to identify

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 21:10

Yes, the GW 48 perennials offer, 12 each of Scabiosa, Campanula, Coreopsis and Geum.


Posted: 11/07/2014 at 18:18

My 3 Pieris(es) in pots, which I've had for some years, do really well in part shade, watered with rain water, 3 inches top dressed with ericaceous compost each Spring and fed with appropriate fertilizer.  I think they are a very worthwhile plant to grow, with year round interest.  Just a bit of scorch, hopefully, Alan.

Suggestions please - shrubs for shade!

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 21:20

Dicentra, Acers, Forsythia, Ribes grow well in  my clay soil in shade.

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