London (change)
Mon 11°C / 8°C
Tomorrow 11°C / 4°C


Latest posts by Posy

1 to 10 of 62

Is this normal

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 10:58

Hostafan, I thought it was just me who talks to them! I've had some very awkward moments when a neighbour or the postman appears unexpectedly. My husband is used to it.

Philadelphus Beauclerk

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 23:55

Don't worry, it is just waiting for things to warm up. I have a long established philadelphus and a new one bought last year and neither is showing any signs of life at all. A cutting in the greenhouse is just budding.

J Parkers

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 07:45

I have never had a problem with Sutton's plants.


Posted: 20/03/2015 at 07:43

I think that they need a heated propagator to start them off. Marilyn is right that they need a tightish pot but some can grow very vigorously so keep an eye that they don't get so tight there is no room for the compost.

Neighbours and overhanging plants

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 08:05

Well, you may all think me wrong for saying this, but I think that you should try building bridges - you may be next door to this person for a long time and disputes with neighbours can be really horrid. Here is what I would try - and no sarcasm or spite under the honeyed words!

1 Tell him/her you are sorry the hedge got overgrown and offer to cut it and clear it up yourself next time.

2 If you are both out in your gardens at the same time, call hello in a friendly way or ask a simple question like 'Did last night's storm cause you any problems?'

3 Ask if he or she would like to have a couple of your spare seedlings.

If  none of this helps you will just have to go on resenting each other, but people have all sorts of problems that make them suspicious of new faces, which can sometimes be overcome with a few kind words. God knows, there's enough fighting in the world already.

How much is too much?

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 21:14

In my experience, 2 inches will be no problem at all. It might be too much for tiny seedlings - the idea is to keep in moisture and discourage annual weeds.

Terrible Garden, Low Budget

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 10:46

An awful lot depends on how tight the budget is, doesn't it! And how much physical strength you have. I think that it has the potential to be a smashing garden, but probably not this year. The first job is to get your soil free of all that rubbish, including the tree roots and personally, I would get rid of the remaining tree, too, un!less it is a very pretty one.

Next, you could probably do with improving the soil by digging in muck and compost. If you are near stables, the owners often give away muck; near a beach you can collect and rot down seaweed and even in a city, the council may sell composted material cheaply.

The scaffolding boards sound like a great idea to make terraces and are much cheaper than sleepers. Once you get to this stage, you can start thinking about how you want it to look as a mature garden.

While you are doing all this, take time to observe how much light and sun it gets, if you get a lot of frost, whether the wind howls across the site. Look at other nearby gardens to see what grows well and what you like. Online, you can check out what plants do well in your conditions.

Many plants that cost a fortune at garden centres are sold quite reasonably in supermarkets and seeds are an economical way to raise all sorts of plants.

Before long, it will be your pride and joy!

Indoor Jasmine

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 22:27

I can't grow indoor jasmine on my windy, exposed patch but three miles down the road my daughter has no trouble growing it against a sheltered wall. It's about 10' tall and flowers prolifically, but a bit later than indoor plants.

New Secret Garden feature

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 10:36

Thank you, Dove.

New Secret Garden feature

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 00:02

Who is Daniel and what is PM?

1 to 10 of 62

Discussions started by Posy

New Secret Garden feature

Replies: 7    Views: 361
Last Post: 08/03/2015 at 10:36


Replies: 9    Views: 280
Last Post: 23/02/2015 at 22:07

Moles in my compost bins.

Replies: 17    Views: 620
Last Post: 14/10/2014 at 11:59

clematis seeds

Replies: 2    Views: 257
Last Post: 04/08/2014 at 18:05


Replies: 5    Views: 420
Last Post: 07/08/2013 at 22:05

primrose attack

Replies: 4    Views: 677
Last Post: 13/04/2013 at 18:17
6 threads returned