philippa smith2

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Perennial sweet peas in pots / planting out?

Posted: 10/07/2017 at 17:19

I find mine are quite well behaved when planted in the garden - sorry Kitty 

They tend to stay where they are planted and just pop up happily year after year.  Never attempted them in pots.

Leasing plots of land for gardening

Posted: 09/07/2017 at 19:04

A good idea Tom but the UK has had a scheme running for a few years now - doesn't involve leasing or finance - more on a casual basis which seems to work well.  

I'd imagine lease laws may be different here - most landlords are simply interested in the money the building generates and don't bother too much with the garden space.

The UK also doesn't have as much "spare" land as the US - the large landowners here aren't particularly willing to divvy up their land here either.

You might find it of interest to look up Allotments in the UK too - that'll give you an idea of what goes on here.

Best of luck with the Sunny Patch thing tho 

Gardening and the use of the Wheelbarrow

Posted: 09/07/2017 at 18:38

Hang on a mo......with a name like techelectrobogra this company must surely have an answer to my wheelbarrow problem.

I had to replace the wheel on my 10 year old barrow last year and it has done nothing but squeal like a stuck pig ever since.  I've oiled, cleaned, oiled and WD40'd it - still squeals.  

Embarassing to use as neighbours think I'm killing something.  

I'd welcome any advice from technogarble whether or not he/she/it has broken any rules.


Posted: 09/07/2017 at 18:24

Dog Woods

Posted: 09/07/2017 at 16:21

Plant it I think would be the first thing Mary

Give it a couple of years or so ( depending on which one - some are a wee bit more nervous than others IME ) and then follow Nutcutlet's advice.  

If you just bear in mind that most growers of these plants are after the beautifully coloured Autumn/Winter stems, you won't go far wrong.

Hanging basket camomile

Posted: 09/07/2017 at 16:15

I wouldn't have thought chamomile was an ideal candidate for a hanging basket.  Doesn't it prefer to "creep" rather than hang ?

Wonder whether you could find something a bit more basket friendly ?  Perennial baskets do need a lot of maintenance and will need to be replanted regularly - simply because there isn't a lot of room to sustain the plants for a long time.

Perhaps a good sized container on the ground ( if you have the space ) for some plants and do some annuals for a display in summer ?


Posted: 09/07/2017 at 16:05

If your conifer has little white flowers, it is more likely to be a Hebe of sorts

Maybe a Japanese Anemone ?  There are a couple with white flowers which would be a suitable height..

Clematis growing up a obelisk

Posted: 09/07/2017 at 15:58

If the aspect is suitable, I'd say Yes ......Clematis seem to prefer their roots to be shaded.

Apple trees baby ones

Posted: 09/07/2017 at 15:56

I think they will be suckers growing from your mystery tree - they pop up even at a distance from the main trunk.

The lack of fruit is not really surprising if the tree only started last year.

There are plenty of people here with experience of fruit trees so hopefully one will spot your post and advise you.

Failing that, re post in the Fruit and Veg section and catch someone's attention

What plant other than Ivy to cover up unsightly lower-middle class concrete bird bath with vulgar inscription on it?

Posted: 08/07/2017 at 18:30

Smack my wrist  - note to self - stop being horrid Philippa

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