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high winds and greenhouses

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 19:18

We're quite high up and have a very exposed garden.  A few years ago, a pane of toughened glass blew out from our greenhouse in a ferocious gale, the wind got in and eventually blew out quite a few panes. The whole frame eventually buckled and you can imagine the mess we had to clear up .    We've never replaced it, but I now have a little potting shed instead.  I do miss my greenhouse though!

Gardener Survey

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 19:12


The dreaded vine weevil!

Posted: 23/11/2015 at 19:48

Thanks everyone.  Great to hear all the different comments.  I've binned my polyanthus but haven't drenched the compost in the pots yet as we had freezing temperatures and snow over the past few days!  (Scottish Highlands )  Much milder now though so perhaps by the end of the week will use the provado, though the neighbours will probably think I've finally lost the plot .

The dreaded vine weevil!

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 20:09

OK Buddy.  Thanks.  Job for tomorrow, weather permitting!

The dreaded vine weevil!

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 19:34

Thinking that the weather had lifted the polyanthus from several pots, I went to firm them in, only to find that they had no roots left.  I can see the vine weevil grubs which devoured them, grrrrr.  The plants have duly been binned .  I'm wondering whether the winter will kill off the grubs, or should I drench the pots with Provado now?  I usually skim the compost off the top of the pots and put the compost on the borders in the Spring and then top up the pots with fresh compost.  Help please!  There does seem to be quite a lot of the horrible little blighters.  I don't have room to empty the pots out to leave a feast for the birds!

Geranium cuttings

Posted: 15/11/2015 at 16:50

Thanks everyone.  I don't think I'm overwatering - in fact, I've stopped watering them at all.  They'll probably die of drought now!   Chrissy, perhaps you're right and I might have bruised the stems.  Yet another one has keeled over during the night .

Custard powder Richard?!   Didn't think there was still such a thing - it all comes in delicious tins now, lol.   Will keep in in mind though .

Geranium cuttings

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 19:36

I keep reading that geranium (pelargonium) cuttings are very easy .  I took several off my plants at the end of September and have them on the utility room windowsill, but moved away from the window at night.  So far, some of them are looking OK, but quite a few have just keeled over.  I don't think I've overwatered - just keeping them dampish.  What have I done wrong?  This is the second year I've tried to keep some, with any success.  Any ideas welcome.


Posted: 21/10/2015 at 16:02

Thanks all.  I'll get to it as long as the weather is reasonable. Can I chop back to bare wood?


Posted: 20/10/2015 at 21:09

My potentilla has grown rather lanky - very bare in the middle with all the new growth at the ends.  Wondering whether I should cut it back before the winter, thinking that the weight of the snow (Scottish Highlands!) might break the branches altogether, or would I be better just to wait till the Spring and then cut it back, probably with the loss of next year's flowers?  Advice welcome, thank you.

Indelable marker pens for real?

Posted: 30/09/2015 at 20:14

I find laundry marker pens work well.  In fact, the writing lasts so long and won't rub out, I can't re-use the labels .  For pricked-out seedlings etc, when there are lots to go into trays, I have bought a cheap packet of coloured plastic straws, putting different colours into the trays for various plants, and keeping a note of the colours in a notebook - if you know what I mean .

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The dreaded vine weevil!

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Geranium cuttings

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Leaf mould

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Yellowing leaves on escallonia

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Any advise welcome

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Tree planting

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