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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! 

mystery tree

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 23:14

Eucalyptus was my first thought, but I'm not sure about the serrated edged leaf. Whether it's deciduous or evergreen would help too. You could try this Alternatively just post a photo

As an aside if anyone has a smartphone there's a good little app called TreeID. There's also a Bird Song ID, so while you're identifying the tree you can check out what birds are in it! 

Screening help

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 22:57

When I first moved in this house my neighbour planted 2 conifers and kept them smallish. Then she moved. I've had 3 subsequent neighbours in the last 10 years. none have trimmed the conifers. They are now about 20 feet tall and block light out to several neighbours gardens. I gather they're about to complain to the council.There is something called the "Hedge height" rule (

Mixed hedges are very good, and good for wildlife too. Escallonia is also a good choice especially for encouraging bees, and on my way to work there's a house with a pyracantha hedge. If you get the timing of the cutting right - which they do - it can have a profusion of flowers and berries. Conifers belong in forests in my opinion, and yes they are dull and boring.

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