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Polly Bell

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Leggy sweet peas???

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 22:54

Hi , I plants some "everlasting " sweet peas a couple of weeks ago, I didn't expect to see anything for a few weeks, blow me they germinated but now they're very leggy.

I always start sweet peas in toilet rolls. These are on the window sill, they get plenty of light and its warm but not overly so. They do have proper leaves on but the stems are so spindely-any advice would be great.

Ideas please -flowers for late Aug wedding

Posted: 14/09/2013 at 20:23


I would really appreciate some ideas please. As a family we try and be as eco freindly as possible and financially times are hard so........ my daughter-in-law to be has asked me to grow her flowers. She would like some very simple arrangements for the Church . She really likes Gypsophilia (phew thats one plant at least;-) They're getting married in late Aug, I have plenty of room. My soil as had alot of manure and leaf mould over the years, I have a South facing garden and I live in Cornwall. Can you help please .

Runner beans

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 19:50

I think it maybe the heat, you'd be surprises how quickly plants dry out and then they get stressed, don't fruit and have spindly stems. Not your fault, we're not used to this kind of heat I'm afraid they don't sound as though they're salvagable.

What is this please

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 19:25

To me it doesn't look like a flower but a bracht (probably misspelt). On first look I thought it was a Trillion-not so sure now though

What is it?

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 19:20

Most def Figetbones. Horrible, horrible plant, stinks like heck, I know I lived in a house in the country literally surrounded by the bloomin stuff-stinks Pull it out and bin it.

Talkback: Rose blackspot

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 19:17

I really love my roses and some of them have been given to me for special occassions, so I really take care of them.

Firstly, buy a quality plant, pick a plant with 4/5 stems and the plant itself should be below the surface if you see the crown-don't buy it. Look to see if its pot bound, I'm a big believer that plants will suffer from stress, maybe a lil out there but....

For plants in containers-Firstly a covering of crocs, then I us a mixure of garden compost and horse manure with a little blood, fish and bone meal and mix it. Plant making sure the crown isn't visable then (if you have them) put either big stones or whatever you have-so that the roots will be covered. Roses seem to prefer cool roots. Then mulch-gravel, wood chippings etc. Keep dead heading.

For pruning I keep it simple, I do mine in Spring, just look for a bud thats pointing outwards away from the plant, using your secs cut the stem so that it slants  away from you-thats so the water can run off. Mulch and a bit of BF&B-sit back and enjoy (hopefully). I hope thats of some help. Oh! stay way from the vintage gardening books-we do things alot differently now


Posted: 22/07/2013 at 18:56

 Good evening Sue.

Well, the one and only plant in my garden to have been eaten is my Acanthus. It actually looks like a very hungary person has chomped on it and its right at the back of the border, so like you any advice would be very welcome

Talkback: Gardening makes you happy

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 18:41
I couldn'y agree more-that gardening makes you happy or at least happier. I'm disabled and virtually house bound and I love my garden, it just thrills me with delight. When I was working we were lucky and able to buy Well mortgaged) a very quaint Cornish cottage with a very sorry state for a garden. It's just a mixture of smells ,textures and colours. In fact I'm not that well at the mo-BUT went into the garden and smelt one of my "David Austin" roses-and WOW!! I feel much better. And its the change of the seasons and the light, you can really smell and feel the difference.
Yes, its true its a burden, but its a burden I welcome :-)))

Hundreds of strawberry plants-what do i do with them

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 19:27


I'm disabled and last year I bought some trailing strawberries "Red Cascade", because I couldn't plant them, I asked my husband to just put them in the raised bed. Ive just seen them! I've got hundreds of them, because they were free to trail all over the bed.

There's literally hundreds of them all with very small fruit (like native plant). Just what can I do with them, as it is my garden is bursting!


Any ideas guys?

Cherry tree+ lose of fruit and sparse leaves

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 18:28


Thanks for the reply No the leaves didn't turn yellow just dropped off and so did the cherries although they appear to be malformed.

We did have a problem with Jackdaws, but I know its not them-they'll wait until they are ripe, the tree was O.K last year, the only difference I can see is that I didn't feed it with any bllod/fish and bonemeal this spring, just a mulch.

Any advice would be great)


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