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Latest posts by quercus_rubur

sedum roof for a small shed

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 22:12

Sedum is dry-tolerant so it wouldn't want any water retention mat, but from the website  it looks to me like it comes complete with growing medium. There's also a video and files to download to help you

July in the garden!!

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 22:00

Inkadog you must send photos when you've done it and tell us how you did it. I'd like one on my brick shed but it's fairly shady so would have to be ferns, hostas etc. and it would be a great addition for the queueing sparrows



Dead Privot hedge

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 21:45

If you can dig it out - it will go brittle quickly so you should be able to - and if it hasn't got anything nasty like Honey Fungus, I'd be tempted to put in something like Hawthorn and Blackthorn. A mixed hedge would be better for wildlife

Nettles for Butterflies

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 21:33

Well some people say they are but according to the Butterfly Conservation they say Stinging nettles

I grow a couple of patches of the horrible, stinging ones simply because they were there when I moved in so I just keep them under control. One patch is at the back of a shrub and the other at the side of a compost bin so they don't really bother me.

grass cutting and bees

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 21:23

How wonderful Geraldine to have room to keep bees.I have grass in my front garden - which gets narrower each year as I widen the flower border. I leave it long enough for the clover and daisies to grow. However,down the other side of my path is a strip owned by the council. Inspired by Sarah Raven's plants for pollinators programmes I've asked the council if I can sow suitable seeds in it. Still waiting to hear back, but if they don't reply maybe the odd open seed packet might fall out of my pocket. Must get that hole sown up some time! 

Does anyone else find it difficult to find British honey in the shops? I refuse to buy honey from far-flung sources

Speed gardening

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 19:48

I'm hoping for a sunny day tomorrow to pick the blackcurrants. Mine too have cropped abundantly and much bigger than they've been previously.

There again there's always that pig

Garden Size

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 19:34

Living roof? Living walls? I'm toying with the idea on my brick shed. Don't think I'd be using the units they ued at the GW Show though £100 + per set? Don't think so


Speed gardening

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 15:59

Just having  a thunderstorm with hail the size of petit pois. Spent the day speed gardening in between showers. Sun out, cut back the geraniums, rain. Sun out, cut back the poppies, rain. Sun out, plant the rest of the annuals, rain. Sun out, pick the Tayberries. What I'm finding surprising is the lawn is still firm underfoot, and when I dug out the soil to do the planting it wasn't mud, it was just damp soil. I also have 2 water barrels joined together and fed from the down pipe. I'd emptied one and half during the dry period. I was expecting the 2nd one to be overflowing by now, it's not even half full. Just goes to show we are really are in the wettest of droughts

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 23:24

Welcome Penninepetal! We gardeners are only allowed 1 slot a week. You'll have to switch to house buying, or antique buying, or having a baby by your boyfriend's mother's uncle's Mother-in-law to get more than 1 slot. You could watch Beechgrove, oh I forgot they've taken that off as well 

Hampton Court Palace Show

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 23:14

I've enjoyed this much better than Chelsea. I've found it a lot more informative. Especially loved the piece on Butterflies tonight. I find the "budget gardens" interesting -  £7,000 - £13,000.... maybe when I win the lottery

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