Latest posts by Rosie31

Razor Hoe

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 21:51

I have one of these, it is the BEST present for the garden I've ever been given!  I use it every single time I'm out there.

Willow Tree? - Anyone know which ?

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 16:32

Yes, I'd say salix caprea (goat willow).  I think it is the one that most people call "pussy willow" because of its soft grey catkins.  You can snip a few twigs off and put them in a vase with daffodils for classic spring decoration!

Direct sowing in clay soil - what flowers?

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 18:38

Thank you everyone, great suggestions there....I'll get into my seed catalogues tomorrow!

Direct sowing in clay soil - what flowers?

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 10:08

Hello all

I want to try filling in the gaps in my "cottage garden" look bed with direct sown annuals.  These have always failed for me in the past, not sure why.  Possibly because I have very heavy clay;  possibly because the other (perennial) plants in the bed are competing too much with them.  Or maybe I'm just neglectful...

This year I want to try again, waiting til later for sowing (I'm told May is sensible).  What would people recommend as bomb-proof, colourful flowers?  The general colour scheme is blues and pinks - but I'm happy to mix it up with yellows / oranges.  The bed contains geraniums, japanese anemones, pinks, penstemon, nepeta, asters, verbena bonariensis, alchemilla mollis and various other things - a bit of a hotchpotch but quite pretty.

All suggestions welcome!

Why doesn't my blackthorn produce sloes?

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 18:03

Now you've got me daydreaming about sloe gin.

Have you tried sloe vodka?  It's even better...

Why doesn't my blackthorn produce sloes?

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 10:01

That's the same as us, Brenda!  I pass the blackthorn at the top of the garden just once most days (taking dog for early morning walk) but I confess I'm usually too absorbed in other things, or still too asleep(!), to take much notice.  This year I shall be on a sloe-watch mission, ready to rejoice at the first sign of berries....

(I'm in south Wales now, but was brought up in Aberdeen and we always went sloe-picking... I seem to remember fantastic harvests and then vast quantities of brilliant sloe gin...)


Why doesn't my blackthorn produce sloes?

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 10:28

Interesting.... we have a blackthorn at the top of our garden that has never produced a single sloe (although it has blossom).  There are others in the hedgerows around us that are productive, and we also have lots of wild damson (sloe / plum cross?) bushes that are laden with fruit every year.   I have never understood why our lone blackthorn won't berry up.

"Climbing Geraniums" - cut them back?

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 20:08

Thanks both!

"Climbing Geraniums" - cut them back?

Posted: 05/03/2016 at 16:29

Last summer I bought some "climbing geraniums" from the garden centre, and they were great.  They were about 3 foot high when I bought them, and they grew to 4 or 5 feet high supported by obelisks outside our front door.  In late autumn I brought them into the greenhouse - at that stage I had to cut them back to about 2 foot or they wouldn't have fit on the shelves.  They have flowered all winter, even though they've had no water or attention!

I have read somewhere that I should cut my geraniums back hard at this time of year to encourage growth from the bottom.  Does this apply also to these "climbing" varieties?  I want to re-create last summer's five-foot displays, and so I don't want to cut them back so hard that they don't grow to that height again. 

Also, is it time to start watering them yet?

Dahlia's - recommended sources?

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 18:08

Hi Simon

Just a warning - when I first did dahlias I didn't realise that the growing tips would all be round the base of last year's stem, and I didn't realise that they were rather fragile!  I managed to damage most of them while handling the plant.  So my tip would be:  go careful, at least until you can see the shoots sprouting really clearly.  What looks like a grain of mud is often a baby shoot....

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