Latest posts by quercus_rubur

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

July in the garden!!

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 22:59

I went out at lunchtime for 20 minutes. By the time I got back my shoes were squelching. I have abundant Tayberries that I'm picking daily, but tonight many were mouldy on the branch there's been so much rain today. Hopefully there'll be a dry period as I also have loads of large juicy Blackcurrants which are ready for picking.

Note to self, North Essex coast for next holiday in the UK!

Is my Lavender dying

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 22:50

They're Froghopper nymphs

Garden Size

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 22:47

That's a very good question wirral27.In an Alan Titchmarsh book I have he defines a small garden as less than a tennis court 260 sq metres). In that case my current front garden is small and my back garden is minute, although its crammed with plants. Whoever built these houses obviously wasn't a gardener otherwise they'd have reversed this order.

Barnsdale is well worth a visit, though most of the "small"  gardens are bigger than mine

Is my Lavender dying

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 22:10

Definitely don't cut back into the old wood. First one I had was wonderful then someone told me to cut it back so it wouldn't grow straggly. I cut it back hard and lost it. Been a lot more careful with them since then

July in the garden!!

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 22:04

What a fab range of plants you all have. I have a confession, I've never been a rose lover, the only one I've ever been tempted with was Alnwick Castle, but it was the fragrance rather than the flower which I loved. However, there are some stunners here. I particularly like the Pat Austin and Emma Hamilton.... hmmm .. maybe I'll look at some at Tatton.

Tina, sunshine ! ! I think we've had the wettest day this year! 


Talkback: Wet weather on the veg plot

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 00:09

No sign of my peas, there were slugs all over the Broad beans on Monday, today it's black fly. In fact they are everywhere. I tipped the tops of  broad beans and that usually works, but not this year. I do have two courgettes on one plant. In fact one is about ready for harvesting. Thinking if we get a bright spot on Saturday I'll harvest the onions before they rot in the ground. I'm dreading digging up the taters. I've a feeling they might be slug ridden too. They're really testing my organic patience

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