Latest posts by quercus_rubur

If you could have any plant / tree in your garden

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 06:04

Can't wait KEF, they sound wonderful!

Thistledown yes it's a magnificient specimen at Kew, and yes would be a great choice but I also garden on a pocket handkerchief 

Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 06:00

Verdun you're right! All this squishing and slicing .

I've had a few this last couple of days. All in pairs and they all went in the garden bin. 

Rhododendrons and horse muck !

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 05:45

One of my pot grown Rhodos. It normally flowers in March/April, but this year didn't flower till May. It's about 30yrs old, bought in the days when I didn't make a note of the varieties, so if anyone can ident it there's a Twix for you!



Posted: 02/06/2013 at 21:19

That's a good idea witch, you must report back on the results, though for a true scientific test they should all be the same variety. I have a few Hostas and I've noticed some are more prone to slug damage than others

Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 21:10

I don't grow a lot of lillies, but Lily Beetles must count as the worst design for a pest. They're the brightest of red, and what are they a pest of? Plants with green leaves! Though in true QR fashion I can't bring myself to kill them, so as with slugs and snails I plop them in the council green bin so they can have a good feast before they're carted off to the council composter. 

Rhododendrons and horse muck !

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 20:57

Daisy where's your field? I'll come by with a wagon tonight  Alas I have a small garden and only rooms for compost bins

Suggestions please..

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 20:53

Hi Sarahlou how much sun does it get? How patient are you? Do you want instant gratification (which will likely cost you a bob or two), or can you wait a bit (much cheaper as long as you're prepared to wait)? 


Got a border, have brought some plants, what now!? help

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 20:43

and evolutionary. Yes unlike decorating if you don't the the pattern it doesn't cost a lot to move them round. Which is why I spend a lot of time gardening and not a lot of time decorating 


Posted: 02/06/2013 at 20:39

Yes Preksha, boil up a few cloves of garlic, let it cool, sieve out the garlic and store it. It will store the whole season. You only need a small amount to a gallon of water. Here's a recipe from Bowdens - who know a thing or two about hostas. I also water this onto brassicas and any other thing those dastardly slugs eat:


Hilarious as it was watching the slugs mating on Springwatch (I'd finished dinner), they're still my most unfavourite garden creature



Weeds, what to do?[Complete beginner]

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 20:27

This may sound odd, but I enjoy weeding. Obviously if you're starting a neglected plot there's a lorra lorra hard work, but once that's done a little potter round on a nice evening I find therapeutic

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