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To fleece or not to fleece?

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 15:54

I think Pansy has said it all.  You will drive yourself mad if you attempt to fleece a tree every time frost is threatened.

Your tree will survive and you will wonder why you put yourself through all the angst.  You will also end up giving plums away in the future

Plants to grow in 4.5 cm diameter & 3.5 -4 cm deep pots

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 15:47

I'd agree with Fairy.  You might just get away with the smaller sempervivums but only for a season before you would need to go up a few sizes.

Sap or pest?

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 15:44

I wouldn't question it too much Rosemary.  It's quite obvious both you and your plant know exactly what's what

Tales from AT idea may 2016 GW

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 15:41

If it's cool enough to wear a coat/jacket, you can stuff the offending weeds in your pocket and decant at the end of your "tour".  Otherwise, a plastic bag will do the job

I didn't see the programme but I always thought Trugs were to collect cut Flowers or Veg in a refined manner.

Hints on growing Dianthus, please

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 15:34

They do like well drained and gritty soil.  I grow mine in clay soil but made sure I also incorporated a lot of grit when I first planted them.

They aren't actually very long lived plants and it is always best to take some cuttings every year to replace the tired ones.  Keep them pinched out to stop the "long runs".

Can someone help me identify what kind of mint this is?

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 15:08

Not mint but Lemon verbena makes a nice tea.  Shrub - can be tender in cold climates but attractive looking too.


Rigger gloves not gardening gloves

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 14:58

Bluebelle......I'd not buy the flowery gloves just yet.  Your gardening gear sounds quite normal actually altho you will be able to divest the old fleece soon - hopefully anyway

I'm more taken with Nutcutlet's Reliant Robin.....did Del Boy move to East Anglia after becoming a millionaire ?

Sap or pest?

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 14:45

Looks splendid Rosemary.  I can almost smell it from here


Posted: 24/04/2016 at 14:43

The scented Box ( saracocca sp? ) may do better.  Box is also traditional

Can someone help me identify what kind of mint this is?

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 14:39

Yes, I use the apple mint quite a lot Nutcutlet  I think the strongest one is still the old common or garden one but I expect that will be promoted as something unpronounceable before too long  I had Ginger mint at one and yellow variegation but nothing whatsoever could persuade me it smelled/tasted gingery.

I didn't realise there was more than one Apple mint tho but I suppose it's not really surprising.  It would seem these days that provided you can spell it and it fits on a label, any old name will do

Sorry Leza....I expect you wished you'd never mentioned it now


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