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Latest posts by quercus_rubur

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

Tatton park any good

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 20:49

I went 2 years ago with friends. We loved it, in fact we're going again this year. The plant marquee was very good and we came away with a boot full of plants and seeds. Last year we went to the GW show which was also excellent. Tatton is smaller, but if you have time you can take in the gardens too. Fingers crossed for good weather!

July in the garden!!

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 20:41

Well I'm feeling very umpty. On Friday the garden was looking good despite the weather. I don't normally suffer very much with slugs - not sure if this is down to my organic gardening or my neighbour's obession with slug pellets - I fear the latter.  Tonight I came home from work and had a wander round my very wet garden, and found an invasion of the little buggers on my broad beans. I picked off 8 slugs in the time it takes to say slug pellets! The one flower bud on my Bishop of Llandaff Dahlia has broken due to the wind, the bounty of apples on my pot-grown apple tree which had which all looked healthy on Friday seem to be shrivelling. To add insult to injury the BBC have removed the GW episodes from iPlayer!

On the apple problem has anyone any idea why this would be, or is it down to the wettest June on record? The 3 cordons which are growing in the ground seem fine - so far

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