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Latest posts by Salino

How to turn this dumping ground into gracious greenery...?

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 16:49

..I won't give much advice as I'm not one to garden 'on the cheap' so to speak... so my advice wouldn't be of much use... but what I would like to say is that you have a simply fantastic plot there, with so much potential it's unreal.... ready made curves, a mysterious tapering round a corner at the far end... high fences... not too many houses overlooking... and a blank needs time, effort, flair and I'm afraid probably a fair bit of money if you want something other than grass... I do hope you are able to make something special out of it, in due course....  very best of luck...

Tap water

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 10:14 water butts are almost expired as I'm reaching an almost drought situation where I am, can you believe....  Alan Titchmarsh always recommended putting a couple of tea bags in a watering can and leave overnight... so I do that sometimes, I also have fixed to my sink, an alternative tap attached to one of those de ionisers and de calcifying filters whatever you call them - can't remember the name... not expensive to have fixed...and I fill a can with this when I want... don't use for the kettle except when I have guests as they wouldn't want a film of lime floating in their tea cups...

Growing mediterranean herbs in a container

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 10:08

..when I first looked I thought that was a 2 lb loaf, now I see it's a 4 foot bath of sorts... you have done well with the preparation, but what I would advise is not to use a multi purpose peat based compost, as such plants don't grow naturally on it, but to use a mix of  soil based John Innes no. 2, copious amounts of horticultural grit, and for added drainage and bulk, I mix in some composted bark....

..also, I wouldn't plant Rosemary in that, they tend to grow very big and wide... not sure if there are any really dwarf ones on the market... I grow Chives, Thymes, Oregano, and Marjoram.... but my trough isn't as big as yours... you could put in a small lavender if you wish...avoid mint...


Plant addiction

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 21:09

1 of something is fine for division later, if in a hurry then 3 or 5 being impatient.... 2 and 4 are just wrong and would irritate me... distract from a bitty border, a large exuberant flowering plant will take the eye off it... from July onwards something like Lavatera olbia rosea....  no one will notice if you've got one of this, or that...

Planting out Sweet Peas

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 20:55

..I sowed my sweet peas directly outside a few weeks ago and they are now a few inches tall... I don't do autumn sowings now as I don't want sweet pea flowers until mid July as my garden tends to suffer a bit of a gap at that time, so it's nice to have them then along with Hemerocallis and other lovelies...

....I'm growing 2 varieties 'Erewhon' and 'Purple Pimpernel'...

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 20:46

..nice little border coming along there... I rather like the gravel, less so the slabs... you're very clever to do such landscaping on your own....such as you have done over the past months...


David Spikes garden from Reno could be straight out of an English cottage garden... presumably you don't get troubled by Mustang's or Moose...? very nice too...

Steep Slope/Bank

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 20:26

..what a lovely border, just need some touching up and innovation.... the question is how much are you prepared to spend...? gardening isn't cheap if you want quick results....  hardy geranium's I would recommend but at 6 or 7 pounds for a single container plant, and you would need quite a few, you can see how much you could spend.... however they spread and cover the ground given time...

Geranium 'Cambridge'... Geranium macorrhizum  varieties.... lots of others... easy to propagate if you know what you're doing...   anything marked ground cover suitable for banks... Veronica 'Georgia Blue'... in flower now....

that fence and trellis looks wasted... would have to do something about that.. and a small tree to block out those two windows would be a must....  that border could be spectacular.... 

Shrub leaves go brown

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 20:14

..this looks like Prunus laurocerasus 'Otto Luyken'... a dwarf laurel...  I would remove those brown leaves, feed and mulch... spraying with a fungicide might be helpful... it may have a fungal disease going on there..

Unknown Plant

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 16:18

..oh dear, I'm almost afraid to tell you.... I'll let someone else offer advice as to the best way forward.... it's a horror...

Buying seeds online/eBay

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 00:38

..this is negative..

last year I ordered 3 plants from same supplier... all very small and post and packing was quite expensive for what they were.. also one was not the plant advertised.. similar but a different variety....   I won't be bothering again...

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Larch Cottage sale

..some lovely plants.. 
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Dartford Crossing new system case you're not aware... 
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Carolyn Mullet on Facebook

..if you love gardens... 
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Do you grow Aconitum's?

..I won't be after reading this... 
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weedy ID's please

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Windows 8.1 - a warning !

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Photo test thread only...

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Home Baking

please show us your culinary delights... 
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Sweet Pea thread

Sweet and Everlasting peas... 
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