Sara 4

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dying hedge

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 23:14

Thanks for letting me know.  Pity about the tree, but the pond looks good!

Poorly Camellia

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 23:09

I have a Camellia in a small inherited raised bed which it shares with a variegated laurel, 2 runnery roses (which I have cut back), a buddleia (which I have cut down) and god knows what else.  The bed is only about 6 foot by four foot and everything in it is mature;  I can't dig anything out at the moment, because there is a Yellowhammer nesting in there somewhere.

The Camellia leaves have started yellowing and it only had 2 flowers on it earlier in the year.  I have been giving this bed a great deal of water because there's so much in there.  Is it likely to be overcrowding that's affecting the Camellia or has it got some horrible disease?

dying hedge

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 23:00

Quick question for Leadfarmer - how deep did you dig the deepest bit of your wildlife pond? I've had a few conflicting opinions so yours would help as you've built one already

Best blue flowering plant

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 22:37

Thanks Artjak, I have some seeds left so I'll give it another go.  I hadn't thought of Marigolds Verdun.  I have cornflower, purple loosestrife, ragged robin and harebell seeds to throw in to the bit I have totally slashed and burned (was nettles, brambles, dandelions and rubble) but I will try them without compost as per Artjak's suggestion - I can always chuck a bit on top if it looks  like they're struggling.  I must get some willow gentian though, and I've just remembered borage as well - I don't think I'll ever have the selection itemised by Onegreen above though, much as I'd love to!

Best blue flowering plant

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 21:07

I have put in some unusual nasturtiums (cream and mauve spotty ones), and as you say they really don't care where they are - I also have lots of the orange/yellow ones which self seeded into the pots we moved from our last house and they're really holding their own.  I did sprinkle some lavatera (mixed pink and white I think) in one of the beds about a month ago, and a resounding nothing has happened!  Perhaps I'm not patient enough and they will explode into growth any minute, or maybe our blackbirds have had the lot, only time will tell!


War on concrete ...

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 20:46

Sounds like it's the sort of accident you're prone to as well ...

War on concrete ...

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 20:34

That was my original plan nutcutlet, but I made a tactical cashflow error by accidentally buying a cast iron swingseat .....  so I'm broke and it's the beginning of the month; whoops!

War on concrete ...

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 20:11

I was just trying to be lazy really, I had a hard day digging concrete up yesterday and the next square mile of it looked too much to be borne .... have made a start on it today.  I think I need a pneumatic drill rather than a hammer and stone chisel for this one.

Best blue flowering plant

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 19:04

Suits me artjak, - If I can grow beautiful things in poor soil then my garden should improve much more quickly (and cheaply) than it's doing.  Any more ideas for 'throw and grow' seeds?

Best blue flowering plant

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 18:31

I've never seen blue gentian before, it's fabulous - is it wild enough to grow easily from seed? (I haven't had 100% success with posh seeds, to put it mildly!)  I have an overshadowed area where the soil is not great so I'm going to add some compost and throw wild flower seed in it - what would my chances be?

Discussions started by Sara 4

Nasty spiny weed (probably)

What is it? 
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Last Post: 27/10/2013 at 00:56

Winter tree wash

trying to prevent woolly aphids 
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Last Post: 22/10/2013 at 22:58

So exciting!

First day of filled pond, and ....! 
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Last Post: 05/11/2013 at 11:46

Overwintering Geraniums ... (or pelargonium) and begonia

Will they survive inside in pots? (Oh, and fuchsia, too) 
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Last Post: 05/10/2013 at 17:16


Has anyone overwintered it? 
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Last Post: 04/10/2013 at 00:55

Are your comments updating?

Is the site playing up? 
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Last Post: 26/09/2013 at 21:17

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Need some advice please ... 
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Last Post: 22/03/2014 at 09:31

Ants on rose - why?

No aphids, but millions of ants 
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Last Post: 13/09/2013 at 10:41

Weed I assume

Anyone know what it is? 
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Last Post: 01/09/2013 at 12:04

My muse has deserted me ...

Looking for ideas 
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Last Post: 02/09/2013 at 23:24


Will seeds grow? 
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Last Post: 16/08/2013 at 11:56


I'm sure they aren't usually this big! 
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Last Post: 08/08/2013 at 21:24

What is this?

Cos I don't know how big it might get ... 
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Last Post: 04/08/2013 at 22:10

This rose doesn't seem quite right ...

What do you think? 
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Last Post: 04/08/2013 at 12:15

Soil testing kit

Do the prong ones work? 
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