stephanie nash

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Rhododendron possibly dying

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 19:32

I have a problem with my dwarf  winter flowering rhododendron not producing many flowers and recently went to an evening with the lovely "Charlie Dimmock" she said Rhodies like tanin and suggested I put old teabags (split open) round base and also mulch with well rotted leaf mould. 



Posted: 12/03/2014 at 22:35

I was thinking of using them in my Wonder Wall (very fine netting polytunnel) only as I do get hedgehogs in my garden and would hate to get rid of the hedgehogs main source of food .  Does anyone know if once the slug has eaten a nematode if it then becomes poisonous to hedgehogs and other slug eaters ?

Bearded Iris

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 11:50

The baby rhizomes of my bearded iris are spreading themselves out away from the main plants and I would like to move them nearer to make a big clump.   What time of the year should I do this.  i.e. can I do it now as they will most prob be too young to flower this year.

jersey plant direct

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 19:52

My husband has brought from Jersey Plants a few times and he has always been pleased with condition of plants received and the service,  but one thing to remember is to follow their instructions exactly when plants arrive as one time he opened them by left in containers they arrived in and they deteriorated very quickly.

Personally I like to buy locally

Lumpty Bumpty Lawn ! !

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 19:47

Thank you Edd

Lumpty Bumpty Lawn ! !

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 15:52

I have got a fairly large lawn which has got very lumpy and bumpy due to my regular arguments with moles then dogs digging for moles etc. etc.  In fact in places it is very hard to cut it properly.  I am over middle aged with disabled other half so want to even it out with as little work as poss.  i cannot afford to get man in to do it.   Would it be okay if I just got a load of new topsoil, spread evenly over rough area, roll and fence off from dogs then just reseed ?  Will it be ok to do this without  digging up the present lawn grass ?   Help please

Ford Abbey near Yeovil

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 21:53

Ford Abbey gardens are lovely.  We went there about 3 years ago.  Got some fab seeds from some annual flowers they grow - a bit like cistus - lovely creamy petals and reddy brown centres about 2ft - 2ft6in high.  They are lovely and I resow from my own seeds every year but cant remember what they are called.  I just call them my Ford Abbey flowers.

Composting through the winter?

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 21:51

I have composted successfully for some years using bins.  I put everything in that can rot down and regularly turn bins out on to plastic sheet to mix everything up.  Suggest yoiu don't put in potato peeling as is those peeling have any blight etc. it can pass in to your ground and affect your future potato plants.


Posted: 02/02/2012 at 15:50

Thank you for your advice.  I have done a soil test and the ph is neutral at 7.  Should I be testing for other things like nitrogen , phosphorus or potassium ?.    I am determined to make this the year my Hibiscus shines !


Posted: 25/01/2012 at 16:13

I bought a lovely Hibiscus shrub 4 years ago but it never seems to be successful, only ever having 3 or 4 lovely pale mauve flowers and small leaves and not lots of them either.  It is sheltered from winter winds but in a sunny well drained spot.  I give it a good mulch each autumn with 2 year rotted horse manure mixed with home made compost.  I have never pruned it as it has only grown about 3ft tall.   Any suggestions would be appreciated

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