Latest posts by quercus_rubur

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

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 20:55
kate1123 wrote (see)

Just a reminder to set your recorders for Hampton Court Flower show, Tuesday morning at 11am on BBC2.

Hmmm 11am on a Tuesday morning. Is this another example of how much the BBC holds gardeners in contempt? No offence to those at home in the daytime, but surely they'd get a better audience if it was shown in the evening. Apart from those of us who work, the ones at home maybe out gardening, seeing to the kids, shopping. I could even understand it if it was lunchtime

Feeding tomatoes with powdered milk

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 20:49

Well here's a good case for a Beechgrove trial!


Weeping Fig

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 20:34

They do lose quite a lot of leaves every now and then. It isn't neccesarily a bad thing. I'd take it home and put it in the shower - unless they have one at work . Might sound silly but a lot of house plants do well on a bit of a steamy, warm soak. I do mine a couple of times a year -spring, summer. A 3 minute shower in warmish water, then leave it in the shower where it's damp and warm. It's like a tropical holiday!

What am I ?

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 20:23

It'll grow 6- 10 metres. Very good for butterflies and moths, but you'll need lots of space. It's not just the height is the breadth the branches take up.

Vertical gardening

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 20:16

I found this. I've been toying with doing one on my brick shed for ages. going to the Tatton Show next month so hoping there might be some inspiration there. This page list suitable ferns


What am I ?

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 23:29

See this is why Latin names ARE useful. I'd never heard of Goat Willow. Just been to look it up. I HAVE heard of Salix caprea though.

mystery tree

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 23:25

It's very good. Freaks my cats out when I play it indoors - which I do when I'm being mean

Oriental Lilies

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 23:22

Well I just found this on a website called The Lily Pad "Do lilies "revert" back to ancestral types?

No, this is not the case. Oriental lilies cannot change to Asiatic types, nor can lilies change their basic color. Mutations are remotely possible, but extremely rare. In certain instances, color intensity can be affected by environmental variables, but this is probably a one season fluke."

Alternatively were you wearing your sun glasses at the time? If I fancy a change of colour in the garden I pop on my sunnies. Much cheaper than buying new plants! 

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