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Posted: 24/06/2013 at 07:56

Thanks everyone. Dove, thanks for the link, like BobtheGardener I think I've pllnted too bigg a piece. As I only did it yesterday I'll dig it out and follow Mr Flowerdew's method. 

Camellias in Scotland

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 09:34

A question for the Scottish gardeners. Jim on Beechgrove brought the Camellias out of the greenhouse for "their  summer outing". I've always grown Camellias outside all year round (in Yorkshire and Derbyshire). Even in the worst of winters they have thrived. Do they not do so in Scotland?

Problem plant!

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 09:27

I'm not usually one for giving up on plants but I agree. Take it out and plant something else.

Check the soil, aspect requirements, and put some good compost in with whatever you plant


Posted: 23/06/2013 at 09:23

Just watching A-Z of gardening and Carol's growing Ginger from a piece of a supermarket one. Has anyone tried this? I've got a piece in the fridge and thought as the weather's looking a bit gloomy I might give it a go today

Sad looking Ceonothus

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 09:16

Mine have suffered the last 2 years, and I did pull up one last year as it had died altogether. However, I was loathe to lose both as the bees really love them, I kept it and pruned out the dead branches. I've been surrpised to see that it's growing new shoots from the main branches. It's reviving well and though not as floriferous this year at least the bees can still enjoy it. 

How to attract butterflies

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 09:06

Me neither Nut, I had to look it up. What I've read about it, it says it's not common round this part of the country so quite exciting!

Daffodils and tulips

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 09:03

Me too. Some are still green so I'll leave those until they turn.

The other thing to bear in mind is that when they turn from green to brown not only depends on variety but also where you are in the country. As a keen watcher of Beechgrove as well as GW I notice how often Beechgrove (Scotland) are some weeks behind GW (usually Monty or Carol's garden "down south")

herbal lawns

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 08:56

Thanks Fairy I'll bear that in mind. Shame about having to keep the word clean though

What to do!

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 08:52

If it has blue flowers and is a bit prickly it's likely to be Borage. Cutting off the buds "should" eventually kill it as it's generally grown as a sefl-seeding annual.

Comfrey, makes a great fertilizer. If you cut down the leaves, chop them up, put them in a container (bucket etc.), cover with water, put a couple of bricks on top and leave to ferment - not the best of aromas so be warned

With management they can both be good plants to keep.

Mint - hmmm .. just keep digging it out 

How to attract butterflies

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 08:37

They were around a few weeks ago, but I haven't had many recently. My top attractors are Sedum spectabile royal Purple and Verbena bonariensis, though I've recently let Garlic Mustard grow under my hedge and found this one the other week. I think it's a Grizzled Skipper.

Incidentally, the Geranium Johnson's Blue was a real Beestro yesterday. I counted 12 Bees at one time on the one plant.


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