Latest posts by Salino

A week of rain = jungle garden!

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 15:06

..I think if you have a large grassy area, which has to remain uncut for too long..then it can make the garden look jungly.... those of us without grass, maybe less so...I suppose paving and gravel have their merits...

Bindweed! Can it be battled organically?

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 13:34 can only but try Tom.... my bindweed originated from over the fence too... if it comes'll get the same treatment.... best of luck however you go ahead with it there...

The challenges of a smaller than average garden

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 12:24

..very nice..nothing wrong in last garden was a patio no bigger than where your greenhouse is... driveway is similar to yours and what I've done..although it's not cheap... is to put some large containers along the side and plant them up with an evergreen for year round interest... I might put them perhaps along that railing..maybe 3, if there's room still for parking...  I've got Camellia's planted up in mine...just a thought for the future maybe... is always a problem I find..not to mention our wheelie bins..!

Bindweed! Can it be battled organically?

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 09:22's slow yes...but it's not ugly, laborious and certainly not ineffective...

for ugly, I would suggest those canes people use to train the plant up for poisoning.... you won't see those in my garden...

Pink flowering wall plant in Scotland

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 09:16

..charming photo....

My own garden

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 09:14

..Hello...nice to see you... you have some nice roses there to grow.... there is still time to apply some fertilizer, if you live in this country....I'm not sure whether or not you're American..?   I only feed my roses once a year in March and grow them fairly hard from them on... no manure...

...those 3 you have should all be strong growers in any case..

..sounds as though you have a good sized garden already...with some lovely trees there.... best wishes...

Cornus kousa Milky Way

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 21:55

...the way mine is growing, I think 10 foot in 5  years... if left to it's own devices it's likely to reach 20 foot and just as wide as it ages...however, as you can see from my photo, I'm growing it in a border and I aim to prune it...which is tricky and not always advised for these as it can spoil their appearance...but I'm growing it multi stemmed and I cannot allow it to reach those heights and widths, while I'm still here... so my aim is to try and keep it as a large shrub... otherwise it might have to go...but I  just love these....

..  my variety was bought as 'Chinensis'...but 'Milky Way' is the usual clone I think...   this one was planted 3 years ago now and is about 6 foot tall... it's the first summer it's flowered for me.....





Bindweed! Can it be battled organically?

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 21:32

..yes you can clear bindweed organically but you need to be very persistent, and over a period of about 3 seasons... not everyone can be bothered with that kind of regime... but once you get started it's actually very easy... simply nip off all the stems above ground getting it a bit below the soil as much as you can with your fingers, even just an inch or have to keep doing this as soon as the weed appears above the soil, or at least once a week and no later...preferably checking every day if you can find the time...  it just means going along and nipping off every single shoot that keeps popping above the surface, so that the plant is unable to photosynthesize....thereby starving the root...that is what you are trying to do... the following season you will notice improvement...much more so the year after and by the 3 year you may not see any at all...   I've been here 5 years and it's all disappeared from my garden... maybe last year I had just a shoot or two... takes time...and if you doubt this was the way Beth Chatto cleared her well known Essex garden of the weed....

....p.s. I've cleared 2 gardens this way successfully.... I never resort to chemicals for any reason, which is a personal preference.....   best of luck if you should try this...but understandable if you don't...

Help! Peaty and boggy soil ... any plant suggestions?

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 10:55

..I'm sorry to hear of your problems there..but you definitely have a very large one plant you would know about is Callistemon...the bottle brush... and I think I'm right in saying that, they not only grow in hot dry drought areas, which we tend to associate them with here, but also around billabongs...

...some of those perhaps..? or seen enough of them...?

Pros and cons of book writing.

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 00:31

...I think you mean bibliographies rather than bibliophiles.... I'm not sure you need worry unduly about're not plagiarising anything exactly, just referring to earlier works....I wouldn't have thought you needed any permission to do that... some are long since passed away in any case...

..hopefully others will help you out more here...

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..I won't be after reading this... 
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please show us your culinary delights... 
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Sweet and Everlasting peas... 
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