Latest posts by quercus_rubur

small tree suggestions please

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 23:54

My first thought would be Amelanchier, mainly because I'd love one, but would have to wait till my neighbour's Rowan goes belly up. Lovely as the Rowan is, it is a bit big for the size of the garden. I think A. canadensis is a bit smaller than A.lamarkii, but they're both lovely. The RHS website says they'd be fine against a north wall.

The Laburnum vossii does look lovely though and not too big at 7m. Re the Crab apples Malus John Downie is lovely. Acer griseum too could be a good choice. Lots of choices! 

July in the garden!!

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 22:42

Gardenfanatic I can assure you your Cosmos is not as rain battered as mine. They've not even got flower buds on them yet. That one looks great!

Tatton park any good

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 22:29

Can't wait now. All sounds wonderful!! I know there's a rain dance. Is there an anti-rain dance? If so everybody start doing it now.. well maybe tomorrow as it's bedtime now

Are Hostas really for shade?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 22:13

The Hostas really are benefitting from this wet weather. The flower spikes and buds seem much larger than I've ever seen them. Apart from one they're all grown in pots, and here's an observation.Over the past few years I've used coffee grindings around the base to keep off the slugs. It worked very well even on the one in the ground, which is called War Paint and unfortunately is particularly loved by slugs. This year I thought I'd try the Garlic wash, mainly because I couldn't drink enough coffee to get the grindings! It was working extremely well in the Spring when the Hostas were emerging, and still seems to be working on the ones in pots. However, poor old War Paint has turned into a doily. So should I put this down to the Garlic wash not being as effective, the increase in slugs, or the rain washing away the Garlic wash? Attached is a photo of War Paint as it was in May


Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 22:21

They've even taken GW off iPlayer. Seems to have happened this weekend. Maybe if you complain to the BBC they throw their toys out of the pram. Just seen your post about Hidcote Gary. Hopefully that will be on iPlayer as I've missed it

mystery tree

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 22:13

Glad you like it fotofit. You can also record you own songs with the birdsongID - bird songs that is, not you singing, though I'm sure that would sound very nice

What am I ?

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 22:09

Sorry Joe didn't mean to sound pompous, I was just pointing out that scientific names can be useful. This is also known as Pussy Willow, which is what I know it as. 

Rubur was a typo btw, but too late to alter it once it was done

Are Hostas really for shade?

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 21:55

Hi Gardening Grandma, it's the English Oak - well nearly, I made a typo as it should be robur 

Talkback: Hawthorn

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 21:11

As it's often used as hedging it shouldn't be a problem to cut it back and keep it to the size you want. The problem with growing potentially large trees in small gardens is that they do have to be kept in control.

weed id please

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 21:01

Yes me too. Though going with the definition of a weed as a plant in the wrong place I suppose it depends where it's growing. One woman's weed is another woman's wildflower

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