Latest posts by RubyLeaf

Pyracantha problem

Posted: 14/07/2017 at 00:46

In spring there was so many white flowers, but now quite a lot have gone from green berry to dead berry. The leaves are fine so I don't think its fireblight or whatever it is they get :/

Not sure if pictures would help

Also is pruning worth it? Seeing this flush with berries give me great joy as I watch the blackbird gobble them up :)

Last edited: 14 July 2017 00:48:45

Dahlia no show - did I do something wrong?

Posted: 06/07/2017 at 09:55

Brought 4 new dahlias and none of them came up either. I keep thinking what if I pulled them up by mistake? There's a weed that looks a tad similar to Dahlia's that keeps coming back.

Has anyone had experience with these online nurseries?

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 21:23

Parkers aren't that bad. I've used them a few times. They're great for ordering masses of bulbs. That I can recommend :)

Plants for wildlife container pond

Posted: 21/06/2017 at 13:36

I have a 80cm diameter container pond yet to be filled and I need some suggestions for plants! Its purely for wildlife, but a little bit more for frogs so they can eat those cursed slugs :)

Plants to go with roses

Posted: 15/06/2017 at 15:16
Mark56 says:

Ruby look for the 'Lollipop' variety, much shorter. Pete is Rigida frost hardy for you? 

I use hardy geraniums and salvias 

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 It looks like they don't sell the lollipop variety in seed packs. Gutted!

Plants to go with roses

Posted: 15/06/2017 at 15:03
Pete8 says:

I think V. rigida would look good with those colours

Some images here courtesy of Google-

It spreads slowly as mint does. The roots creep along just under the soil surface and then little shoots pop up. In my garden they're about 5-6" high at the mo and probably be in flower in about a month, they then go on pretty much until the cold weather and frosts.

For something much taller but still unobtrusive, its cousin V. bonariensis -

Once you've got one, you'll have them forever. They self seed profusely and I even have a patch of 20+ trying to grow in the lawn. But very easy to remove where you don't want them

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 I do love that 2nd one. I grow the taller varieties. Do they sell the shorter variety as seeds? :(

Plants to go with roses

Posted: 15/06/2017 at 14:17
Pete8 says:

It depends I suppose on the colour of your roses.

I have a group of deep red Falstaff roses underplanted with verbena rigida (which slowly creeps around) and looks very good

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 They're red, yellow, orange, and pink. All warm colours :)

Plants to go with roses

Posted: 15/06/2017 at 10:23

Trying to finish my rose bed but Its not a pretty sure staring at bare stems. Why can't they have leaves covering them like a shrub?

I need some suggestions to help my rose bed look better. Do I have ground covering plants? What would you suggest? :(

Gardening as a career

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 15:43
Obelixx says:

The only way you could sensibly garden for a living without transport for tools and equipment is to get a job in a large garden - private, NT, English Heritage etc - or else in the local parks department.   You would also get on the job training in all of those places which would lead to career progression.

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 Thats what I'm after. It makes more sense considering I can't drive to various locations and tbh I prefer working in a larger garden.

There is a course a local Botanical garden which I wanted to take. But I wanted to make absolutely sure it wouldn't be a waste of time. If it can lead to career progression then I will take it.

[quote]I suspect that some kind of formal qualification would be required these days to get into most of the areas Obelixx has outlined.  That would require time at horticultural college.  One possible alternative would be working at a garden centre, or preferably a plant nursery, where you would be more likely to learn from the ground up (excuse the pun).[/quote] (can't multiple quote grr)

The problem is garden centres aren't known for being near bus stops, otherwise I'd be up there frequently and would of applied long ago :)

Last edited: 13 March 2017 15:43:54

Gardening as a career

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 11:33

I don't drive and never want to (I really don't have the mindset for it). Is gardening as a  career still viable? I really really want to get into it but this one little thing is stopping me from moving forward.

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