Latest posts by quercus_rubur

32 today, what are you doing to keep cool,,,

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 05:43

I've been getting home from work and gardening till it goes dark. Wonderful!

I made blackcurrant jam at the weekend. At the moment 2 plants growing that are really attracting bees - Allium sphaerocephalon, and butterflies  - Marjoram.

To keep cool, wear something wet - I wet my hat a lot when I'm gardening in hot weather.  

A friend of mine, who lives in a hot country, keeps her clothes overnight in the fridge in one of those plastic bags you get for packing in a suitcase. She also takes clothes out the washing machine and puts them straight on 

Fed up with the heat!

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 08:59

Hi Verdun, agreed March was disappointing from our perpesctive, and a lot of sowing and planting had to be delayed but I do think a lot of the plants seem to have benefitted. I thought my apples might have suffered but I've got lots of fruit developing.

Right, back to work, gardening or housework ........... hmmm which do you think might be the choice? 

HELP! plant identifying its ruining my life

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 08:50

I had a problem many years ago with an invasive plant from my non-gardening neighbour's garden. I put Glyphosate on every leaf that came over my side. As Glyphosate is a systemic weed killer it goes through the leaves to the root. Looking at those photos I think you'd be justfied in doing that. Nothing wrong with a bit of stealth gardening

I once planted Russian vine - never again!


Posted: 14/07/2013 at 08:39

Thought I'd put up a photo of 3 of mine which have been wonderful this year. Warsaw Nike and Etoille Violette grow together. Pii


lu After years of failing with Clematis I know seem to have deveoped the knack. I now have 5 and still looking for some more.

Dove, Taylors is always my first port of call. Great selection and good site


Soaker hoses

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 08:26

What I'd like is something that will fit over the down pipe from my bathroom/kitchen so that I can use a soaker hose to put grey water on my flower beds. 

In Australia you can buy a very cheap gadget that does this. I brought one back but couldn't get it to fit over mine . I've been looking and asking for some years now but to no avail.

A project for Dragons Den perhaps? We waste so much water.

Talkback: Helping wildlife in hot weather

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 08:17

My bird bath has been very heavily used this week. I change the water twice a day so at least it's fresh.

My Damson had fruits for the first time this year. I was very hopeful, but the birds had them all before they started to develop. Ah well, I've got loads of fruit on other bushes and trees. Sharing is good 

Fed up with the heat!

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 08:10

I'm loving it!

Actually I was about to post that contrary to what the media and experts have been saying, the harsh spring and LOVELY  weather we're currently having  has had a great effect on my plants. I've never had so many blooms, so much fruit - my strawberries are large and lush, brassicas are massive, and for the first time ever, my outdoor tomatoes seem to be doing well.

I have just emptied number three water butt, so maybe a bit of rain would be nice

Problem Bulbs.

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 08:00

Hi Wendy what bulbs are they? I've found Galdioli and Crocosmia don't flower till the following year

Communal garden - council keeps destroying our plants

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 07:29

Buy a sunbed and go and join them It's communal, nothing stopping you using it too


Darn pigeons

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 06:06

Air rifles? Oooh no! I prefer to deter than kill, and having just picked a couple of cabbages, once I'd taken the outer leaves off I decided there was really enough for me and the woodpigeons. 


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