Latest posts by ShropshireLass

Monty Don

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 09:50

Loved Monty's Radio 4 interview.  I came on this thread to see if anyone else had heard it.  I almost cheered in the car on the way home!  

It would be at about 5.45 on the Today show on Radio 4 from Friday if anyone wants to listen again 

Ground elder in compost bin

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 12:42

Ground elder is the bane of my life!! Little and often with the weeding.  Don't know about the compost issue as mine goes straight into the general bin or is burned.  

Horrible stuff.  It's awful how many roots it has - it's never ending  I'm trying the roundup gel on the stuff this year.  

I would be interested in what ideas people have for compost bin bases - we don't have any compost bins yet but will be putting some in in the next couple of weeks.  I wanted concrete but based on the comments above, this doesn't seem to be a good idea!

What other bases do people have? 

Has spring arrived for you yet?

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 09:16

So changeable here.  It was really warm a couple of weeks ago but then snowed over the weekend.  Nights are cold and I think my hydrangea buds have had it  

Daffs just starting to think about flowering, and crocus and primroses are lovely although the days are so dark that sometimes the crocus don't bother waking up!!

March in your Garden

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 22:57
Thanks for the comments guys. It's hard when you're just starting out with a garden to feel like you're making progress sometimes so pics always help!'re half right, he's a lab x collie puppy who needs to know everything that's going on hence the nose in front of the camera! Good identifying him from just a nose, I'm impressed!

March in your Garden

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 15:23

My two other tree peonies in the main bed.  It's a bit bare at the moment but is slowly coming back to life! Hopefully you can see them okay.  They're both about 4' high.  Roots aren't huge and they seem to get on fine with the other plants, including when they were smothered in ground elder.  They seem quite hardy.  

And just because it makes me smile every time I come up the driveway, here is my mini bed in front of the old sheds.  A few crocus, lots of primulas and pansies, a rose and honeysuckle in the background.  This was entirely covered in a huge jasmine bush when we bought the place but that was quickly dispatched.  

There's been a butterfly hanging round this patch for the last couple of days, can anyone spot him in the pic?!! 


March in your Garden

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 15:12

Lovely sunny day, really enjoyed the garden at lunchtime so thought I'd share some pics I took....

Crocus smiling in the sunshine! This is the bed the mother-in-law dug over to get rid of the ground elder so it's still in it's very early stages.  Planning a lot more bulbs for next year, when the pennies allow! 


This GG is the biggest of my tree peonies It's about 5'5" or thereabouts.  Like I said, I haven't see the flowers yet but the foilage is long-lived and absolutely lovely. Everyone who came into the garden after we bought the house in June last year remarked on it and asked what it was.  


March in your Garden

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 22:55
Not a lot. two are in the middle of my large flower bed and the biggest is a stand alone. I've planted all around them and have pruned them to stop them getting leggy. Will post pics as soon as they're out!

I've taken some seeds which have just sprouted so am excited to see how they turn out. also gave a couple of young plants that had self seeded to the mother in law in exchange for her digging a pile of ground elder out of a big flower bed. think i got the best end of that deal!!

March in your Garden

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 21:52
I inherited 3 mature tree peonies in my garden and they are stunning. didn't see the flowers coz we only bought the house in June but the foliage is lovely and the buds are just opening so am very excited!

Loads of crocus out here hollie, i'd forgotten where i planted them so it was a nice suprise!

March in your Garden

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 10:27

I'm getting carried away with all this good weather!

I had a pile of plants I got on sale at various garden centres over the winter sitting in the sun room on the front of my house.  Also had some plug plants from the end of last year potted on and growing nicely.  Had the window open to harden them off for the last month or so, and was moving them outside on nice days.  

Anyway, got carried away in the sunshine and planted out the shrubs (lavatera, weiglia, fiji plum, spirea, hydrangea, dogwood) and the big pots with dianthus and osteopermum are on a south facing patio where they can fend for themselves!

I blame the sun....

B&M Bulbs

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 14:35

Thanks! Popped them in pots on the weekend, and they're now on a south-facing windowsill, the warmest place in our house.  On closer inspection, only one had a shoot appearing, the rest were very dry and looked's hard to believe they'll come back to life! 

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