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Latest posts by quercus_rubur


Posted: 07/04/2013 at 10:03

The only daff I have flowering at the moment is Tete-a-Tete. Eveything else just a bunch of green leaves. Some have buds, but others haven't. I'm pretty sure the weather is to blame. Keeping my fingers crossed that the buds will arrive eventually

New South facing garden

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 09:50

Plants in my south-facing front border which particularly attract wildlife are Verbena boniariensis, Sedums (various species), Achilleas, Agastache, Alliums, Geums, Eryngiums, Paeonies(various single species).

Shrubs - I have a Virbunum bodnantes as it's a great winter flowering shrub - it's flowered constantly for the last few months! Sambuccus nigra - great for berries for the birds as well as flowers

This RHS page gives a fairly comprehensive list


Adding chicken droppings to compost?

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 09:24

NOOO don't dispose of them Tracey . They're a great addition to compost!

I'm  not sure I'd add them to leaf mould but that's because I store it in those bags you get firewood in  and therefore have quite large holes (think it would seep out and be difficult to handle). I suppose if you use standard plastic bags then it would be ok.

Lawn condition

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 10:39

Lawn and chickens. Does that count as an oxymoron? 

The average gardener

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 10:36

Sue H, that's not even a gardener 

The average gardener

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 10:34

I agree Dove,  we need to define what average is. Here's my definition of an average gardener:

Can identify plants that are in your garden

Know that aspect, soil type and watering regime are important

Know the definition of a weed

Know which bugs are good and which aren't so good

Know the difference between organic and inorganic fertilisers

Any other suggestions?


Is it me?

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 10:23

I think Monty gave a good piece of advice when he said to ignore what he or any garden show says and go with what your weather is like locally. My ground is hard, I put water out for the birds and an hour later it's frozen, might just manage broad beans in my raised bed. Sharpening the garden tools and watching GW is my limit of gardening activity at the mo.

The A-Z of Gardening's been good, and I'm glad they're now showing this and GW on sunday morning

Greenhouse dwarf wall

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 09:24

I used to have one in my old garden which was glass to the floor. I think they're less robust than the ones with a dwarf wall around. Depending on where you are, what aspect your GH has, and what you're growing I think a wall around the bottom is likely to protect plants - esp. the roots - better from frost than glass to the ground. However, if light is limited then glass all round may be the answer


moving rubarb

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 08:57

I'd be splitting mine if I could get a spade/fork in the ground - I'd probably break my ankle if I tried it at the moment. Hopefully it will warm up soon. It was very sunny yesterday but the ground is still frozen  

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Akebia quinata - thanks

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Hampton Court Palace Show

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Calling Mrs P - or anyone who can grow Verbena bonariensis from seed

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I have my first courgette!

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Push mowers

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