Latest posts by patty3

Help please - rust hollyhocks

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 21:38

 i have grown them for years,  and this year they are free of rust! 

  But they have been attacked by snails!!   so one blight or the other!!

when i  rust on leaves i just removed them,didnt seem to effect the flowers.


        ( just make sure the fungicide won't harm insects )

Advice on my overgrown garden (inc pics!)

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 08:46

Hi MicheaL D

If you saw off the stumps as low as possible then you can put on

tree  stump killer but do( cover stump with polethene bag ) so that no wild life are effected by the poison!

normally i would not sugest poison but in this case' YOU NEED HELP!

          good luck.

Designing a Garden Centre from scratch

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 08:27

 I was amazed recently to see a very small GC near me having plants delivered!

They have tea shop and nick- nacks to keep us going all year round.

tree bumblebees in a bird box

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 08:08

Yes i am happy to say'  i am leaving the dead heading because of so many bees in

my borders.    But sadly no ladybirds!!

Darn pigeons

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 21:42

Hi P about

PLEASE   (no poisons) if your child will roll on the grass! Poisons are still active for ages after spraying, dont believe whats on the box!!!

the pidgeons are after insects, and the bees need the clover.

get a water spray and they' like cats get fed up of being squirted!!

or try spreading a net above the lawn where they come down, they fear a trap!

good luck.

Another Mystery Plant for identification.

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 21:14

 My collection of perennial wild flowers has all of those mentioned except the white

loostrife!  And people stand and smile with the variety of what they see as weeds.

I even have saponaria the pink flowered seed popping beauty of river banks

oxeye daisy and feverfew are the stars at the moment with red/ pink campion.


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 20:36

hi  PEAT B

I do feel for you, fill  that bottle with anti freez!

I have made a wild flower communal garden here in the centre of town.

 I had two shrubs in tubs either side of a tree

One went friday night the other the next.

i had grown them from cuttings, i was so angry! 


















VERY small garden ideas on a budget

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 20:17


If i had £800 to spend on a garden i would be lost!

A garden should slowly develop find out what you rearly like,

trial and error' cheap plants beg borrow and swap.

look at your neighbours plants admire them, you may even be offered one.

i give no end to other keen gardeners.don't rush take  your time! and ENJOY!!!



Hummingbird Hawk Moth

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 19:45


My friend told me how he saw the huming bird hawk moth

 in norfolk on the common pink/ red valarian!

Green Compost

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 19:33

Hi newboy

I think what they mean is PHACELIA  green manure. it is a fern type annual plant

It is grown untill  about to flower,  then it is  dug into the soil to replenish it.

I have grown it for the bees, they  love the pretty lilac flowers.


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