Latest posts by ShropshireLass

Perennial Foxglove?????

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 16:16

What problem?? I have T&M foxgloves!

Ground Elder for a beginner

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 22:40

Oh dear, we have exactly the same problem.  My partner and I both work long hours, full time, so have very little time for weeding the ground elder.  I would say that if it's only in one bed, get rid of it no matter the time it takes because it spreads VERY quickly elsewhere! 

Roundup is okay but doesn't work quickly or 100%.  The only effective (but time consuming and annoying) way I have found is to dig out all the roots.  It really will grow from the tiniest bit of root so be thorough.  They're quite easy to identify but I did mistake a baby tree paeonie for ground elder the other day and quickly replanted it!

If you need any moral support or advice, just let me know.  We have ground elder throughout the front garden and around 3 of the 4 edges of the back garden (over 200ft in total!) 



Can I save my begonias?

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 12:21

my begonias haven't come up yet 

not sure what i'm doing wrong, but they're in a sun room on the front of my house, should they be in shade? 

Friday picture thread

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 10:46 the idea of posting from a better Friday!! I'm finding the anticipation very frustrating - everything is on the cusp and I want to race ahead!

Not sure what the rose and honeysuckle are.  We only moved in mid-summer last year and it look a few months for us to even get into the garden properly so missed it flowering.  It was also smothered by jasmine so this is it's first year running free!!  Will post some pics when it gets going

Most of my plants are a he....odd I suppose! Nothing botanical about the gender assignment, it's just my own quirk!  

Friday picture thread

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 13:48

Woops forgot to say about the first pic that it is my first ever Hellebore and I love him! 

Friday picture thread

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 13:47

Hi all

I was thinking it may be nice to have a Friday pictures thread, basically where we can all share some pics of the week's progress in the garden.  It's also an excuse for me to post some pics I took this week!! 

Not sure if anything similar has been done before, apologies if so, but I love looking at pics of other people's gardens and love sharing pics of mine 



My south-facing bed in front of the sheds has taken a bashing.  It used to be covered in Jasmine (literally about 2ft deep!) but I got rid of that last year and the rose and honeysuckle are coming through nicely.  The whole bed was buried for nearly two weeks under snow and then we've been stripping back the front of the shed so a job for this weekend is putting up some wires for the rose and honeysuckle.  I am cheered up every morning when I see my pansies who seem to have emerged from the snow with a determination to flower! 


Has anyone got buds on there apple tree yet

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 12:42

Buds on Crabapple most advanced, can see white tips on the eating apple tree and the cooking apple is a but further behind.  Both are very elderly though so are doing well! Baby plum tree has a huge number of swelling buds but they're nowhere near ready to open

Feeding Seedlings and Plug Plants

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 12:30

Hi everyone, thanks for the advice.  I think it's just my impatience again! Maybe it's just seeing them everyday - I don't notice change as much as if I'd been away for a few days.  

Gardening seems to involve a lot of patience which I suffer from a lack of! 

Adam Young - hilarious comparison to parents on the Jeremy Kyle show! 

Feeding Seedlings and Plug Plants

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 09:52

Morning everyone

Hope you all have glorious sunny weather like we have here! 

Quick question regarding plug plants and seedlings.  I have been growing these for the first time this year.  I have a huge bunch of various perennials plugs from T&M, some of which are coming on nicely and some of which seem a bif sluggish in comparison.  They're all in exactly the same place and have exactly the same conditions I was wondering if I should feed them with a general plant food?  They are in potting on compost with a bit of vermeticulite mixed in.  

With seedlings, again some of these seem to have slowed down a bit so was wondering the same thing really? 

Apologies if I'm being a bit thick! 


Where have all the hostas gone?

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 09:25

My hostas aren't peeping up yet but daffs, primroses and pansys are in ful swing.  Also noticed this morning that seemingly overnight my Snake's head fritillaries have come up and are about to open.  Very exciting as I've not grown these before! Tulips are also on the cusp

This being my first year gardening, I'm loving the anticipation of the full spring explosion! 

Discussions started by ShropshireLass

Grass seed

Too late? 
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Displaying Flowers

Woops I've entered a show.... 
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Design Ideas

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Problem Plants

Help with diagnostics! 
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Friday picture thread

Does what it says on the tin! 
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Feeding Seedlings and Plug Plants

Quick question 
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B&M Bulbs

Bargain or bad buy? 
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Joys of Spring

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Mystery plants

Help with identifying plants please! 
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