peter privett

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sky high plants

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 11:16

plants are in full sun, so no problem with light.

as for bragging nah! Lol! they just look so ridiculious and do need a lot of staking and tying in.

if i knew how to put a photo on the site, I could give you a laugh......a foxglove almost upto the bird boxes way up the garage wall....don't get it! why me???

horticulture grit

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 18:22

sounds all good!!

horticulture grit

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 13:31

personally I think it's con/gimmick!

a bit like was on the telly the other night, a guy and his wife were buying commodities (like whole salmon) from their local supermarket and repackaging it and selling it as organic and charging mega money for it.

I think someone somewhere is shoveling this gravel into bags with a big smile on their faces and renaming it and us suckers fall for it....Lol!!

I think on balance its going to be B&Q for me and I will wash it thoroughly, and save myself some serious money.


sky high plants

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 13:20

Hi can anyone advise why, whatever I plant in my little garden reaches for the sky, despite having full sun and no overhanging trees/plants etc.

my foxgloves reach seven foot odd, I have five feet six inches alstromeria.

triffid type lupins, ginormous delphiniums etc. I don't manure or fetilizer, so whats going on??

horticulture grit

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 12:01

Hi everyone,

can anyone advise, or tell me the difference between the horticultural grit that I pay premium price for at our garden centre, and the small  1-6 mm decorative gravel available from b&q at a quarter of the price.

The reason I ask is, because Iv'e always believed that the horticultural grit was probably super washed or treat or something like that.

The grit that I buy from the garden centre has to be washed/rinsed by me half a dozen times or so before I get a clean ready to use grit.  puzzled???

Clematis newbie question

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 20:08

Hi Bosun, have a look on this site, I think its brill!  Taylors Clematis.

sorry I dont know how to give you their link.

This site should cover whatever you are looking for.

I have just settled for an evergreen group one ( no pruning, just control it and tidy off any wayward growth, mine is armanii apple blossom, (SCENTED) which can grow to 4/5 metres, which will be good for me, but I don't think this clematis is suitable for container growth.

anyway have a look at the site, I would be tempted to go for an evergreen and if poss a group one, just need to keep on top of the tying in eh!

weedkiller in peat-free compost??

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 12:57

If I remeber correctly, there was a couple of articles in a major newspaper gardening section covering this problem.

Many readers had complainted to the gardening  Guru that they had dismall results using a range of different composts and how many had found bits of wood./polythene and other small debris in their favourite compost, and It was said, that a lot of compost firms are addng a good amount of council recycled compost to bulk up their regular stuff...YUK!!

 (the guru concluded it would probably have a good amount of weed killer in it, from what householders put in their recycle dandelions/ weeds after treating them with a weed killer )

also many of them employed a degree of spin by hiding the info by saying the compost has other additives or words similar to that.

Fire blight

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 12:42

I don't BELIEVE it!!! three/ four year old Pyracantha has got that   ##**!!??

fire blight again.! .....despite me spraying almost on the hour for the last month hoping to head off any infection.

anyone that knows me, will remember that I posted last year after a serious attack on my Pyracantha.

I cut off almost a third of the infected plants, and made a smaller diameter snout adaption to fit my garden vacuum, so's i could get right behind the bushes and suck up all the diseased-and fallen leaves.

The small hedge has reached approx 7' tall and as I have mentioned I have invested years in training it and tying in etc.

At this rate I am not going to have any leaves left on the bushes much less the chance of some colourful berries. I will be devastated if I have to dig them out and start again.......mutter!....sniff!

I bought these hedges from STRIKES |NURSERY and I have noticed a sign up in the place stating they offer a 5 year guarantee on their plants.

I am wondering if this guarantee is against their stock not taking as apposed to the plants developing a disease, any ideas anyone......Mind finding the reciept might be another thing lol!



vine weevil

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 12:50

It was an adult and enjoying the leaves.........RIP! ...........not anymore.

So I could have saved my money and used the bayer systemic stuff eh!

Bayer list some of the bugs it will kill but why dont they mention this  pest.

council recycled compost

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 12:45

Last season I had dismal results with some compost i bought from our local garden centre. Sorry! i  cannot remember the blooming make,

but in all the blurb written on the bag it it said contains some recycled materials, or something like that.

They were not kidding, it contained pieces of wood and other debris,but I perservered with it, and as I said results were dismal.

Then I read an article by some guru who was warning to look out for compost containing council recycled material as a lot of it contains a lot of weed killer and shredded wood material.....YUK!

So, how can I be sure I am not buying this rubbish, because reading all the composts at my local garden centre, all state contains added nutriants etc ( which could be a wizz kids way of saying it has council magumby added.

So any ideas which compost is safe from this new disastrous trend.


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