Rory Wilson

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What is this?

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 10:32

It looks like Astilbe.


ID Please

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 13:39


Lifting Peonies

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 10:34

I have a slight problem!

I have amassed quite a collection of peonies over the last 5 years, about 12 different varieties. They are growing well and have plenty of flower buds and should be stunning this year.

Turns out that it is likely that I will be selling my current home in the next few months, but not moving into my new home till the beginning of next year (moving to a flat temporarily).

Given this, do you think it would be possible to lift my peonies after flowering and temporarily re plant them at the allotment.

I appreciate that it is not a sensible time of year to be doing this. But I am loathed to leave them behind!



Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 13:31


I had an infestation in my allotment when I took it over 1.5 years ago. It is now under control.

The plant is waxy, and it is difficult to get Glyphosate to adhere to it.

The trick is to cut it back under the soil (in a similar way to picking asparagus) removing 2.5-5cm of root each time it rears its ugly head. This eventually weakens the plant. We still have it popping up now and again though it is now relatively easy to control.

Tust that this is of assistance.



Bulb Fennel

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 13:11

Thry this, delicious!


Potato and fennel dauphinoise Serves:  6 Ingredients: 

1 kg Maris Piper potatoes, peeled and sliced about 1cm thick
1 Bulb fennel, finely chopped
1 Clove garlic, finely chopped
300ml Double cream
300ml Milk
100g Gruyere, grated
75g Parmesan, grated
Salt and pepper


Heat oven to 200C.

In an ovenproof dish, layer the potatoes, fennel and garlic.

In a bowl, mix together the cream, milk, 75g of the gruyere and the parmesan. Season then pour this over the potatoes and fennel.

Cook in the oven for about 50 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. Sprinkle over the rest of the gruyere and finish off under a hot grill until golden brown.

Serve with chicken, pork and fish dishes.

wet wild flower medow

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 08:59

Hi Cody;

Try the link below, very helpful company with meadow mixes for most conditions.


Feathers in Compost?

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 13:41

Yes feathers are fine to use in the compost head so long as they are well mixed in with other organic matter.  

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