Latest posts by sterelitza

A Cautionary Tale .....

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 21:55
Quakeing Grass (not sure of the spelling) - I thought it would be nice to have this pretty grass with its large shaking seedheads in my garden... worse thing ever. It spreads all over the place and when you think you have got rid of it all then again next year it shows up. It even grows through concrete. Horrible.

Is my bay tree dead?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 09:07
Sorry to hear this mrsprit, I grow these from cuttings and they grow like weeds for me. I have chopped suckers away from the base of loads and they still throw up more. If yours is ready for the chop them perhaps that might be the answer, if the tights plan fail then saw it off very low down but leave the stump and the roots, it may throw up some suckers in the future and you could grow those on. Good luck with it anyway.

If you could have any plant / tree in your garden

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 09:01
Tree Peony - lots of them.... and all the above. Love everything that one can grow and my garden is crammed but would still like to grow more. Difficult question to answer with one single item but great to read all your wishes. Nice one.

Talkback: Seeds - how to collect allium seeds

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 08:29
I planted some alium seeds last year and I think they have germinated but not too sure. Do they look like tall grasses when they first appear. I have some that are stronger than grass but just one single tall thin leaf.

Compost heaps and rats

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 08:16
I purchased a dalek compost bin via the Council, they take loads of garden waste which is great and it does die down quickly in them even though I have to push it down when its full. I have had one going for 2 years and when I go to pop some lawn clippings etc in there there is always a foot of space in the top and I can see grubs etc moving around doing their job. Don't know if there are any rats in there I have not seen any and it is at the bottom of the garden. How long should compost take before you can use it, this is my first attempt with making home made compost.

Have i been growing a weed? pls help

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 12:21
Yes I think its an ash tree as well, I had one like that and it took ages of digging it out to get rid. Sorry...


Posted: 10/05/2013 at 21:03
Oh, Matty2, I have tried again and found a lovely Granny Jean Blue Iris and others by clicking on some more information on that link you sent. Thanks very much. Try it Spenno, there are loads in there.


Posted: 10/05/2013 at 20:58
Matty2, clicked on the link but was informed by RHS that I did not name the plant, I typed in jean and they sent loads of others which sounded like jean but were not. Thanks though.


Posted: 10/05/2013 at 20:55
HI SPENNO, I would like some with Jean as well.

Talkback: Lily beetle

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 20:35
Wendy, that is a really good suggestion. I have noticed when they drop from the plant they just disappear unless you catch them, cunning little blighters!! The damage they do is unforgivable though. They absolutely gorged on my prized lilly plant last year. I am out to get them so I will be cutting up that torn white pillow case (an old one so please don't think something else!) and tucking it under my beautiful plants this summer. Why is it they only go for some species?

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