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WEATHER this week

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 23:16

When is the wintry weather going to end, it is milder here is West Wales but... soo wet.  Was hoping to get my early peas planted outside but will have to wait a few more days. So will have to watch a few more gardening programmes on TV, may bake a cake!!

Where is everybody from...

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 11:55

Hi all, it seems we like to read these posts to get more insight to people posting on forums.  I live in West Wales near the sea which can be windy but mostly milder than the rest of the UK.  As my garden borders a main road I have planted lots of New Zealand Flax interspersed with small green conifers.  They were planted some 6 years ago when in 2ltr pots and they are now approx 5-6ft tall and provide a good barrier from traffic.  I have reduced the size of the lawn and increased the borders with shrubs and perennials to reduce mowing and save electricity.  I still like the lawn bit it does dry out if we get a hot summer as on a bit of a slope.  Last summer the grass remained lush as loads of rain through the whole season.  I hope we all get a good summer this year after one of the coldest winters on record.  

Hellebores - when to feed

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 11:28

Thanks cilmeri, I must feed mine as well.  I will have a go at planting the little plantlets as I really love hellebores.  One real survivor in my garden is the bergena which is one of the first to bloom amongst the daffs and crocus.  Good luck with the white hellebores.

Hellebores - when to feed

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 08:25

Hi everyone and I am so glad to find this thread.  I planted several hellebores outside a few years ago - some red and some white ones.  Only the white ones have survived and this year only one of those has bloomed and this is the one that is near a stone wall with perhaps drier soil around it.  Can anyone please let me know why I have lost the red ones, can it be where they were planted? Thanks.

Seed pods on New Zealand Flax

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 19:56


Hi Gary,  I have not fed my New Zealand Flax either and they are flourishing, but... one of them which has now flowered two years in succession has really been suffering.  I am attaching two pics to show the degree of the problem, I have cut out all the yellow and dead spiky leaves and it seems to be trying to grow some leaves from the base.












Posted: 06/09/2012 at 23:13

Hi all of you who have replies and thanks.  If it is a fox then I am surprised as I live in an urban area with a busy road nearby.  But.. I shall try your suggestions, in particular I will enroll my husband in contributing some urine, ha ha... It will certainly make an interesting smell around the walls and fences but if it keeps my precious lawn clear of poo it will be worth it. After all, my husband is the man of the house and if the fox can realise that it will keep away. I shall let you know if it works.  By the way Daintiness, I think your name is very interesting as well. All the best.


Posted: 06/09/2012 at 19:58

Hi everyone, I am at my wits end with a cat, I think its a cat... pooing on my lawn.  I have tried plastic bottles half filled with water which I have to remove to mow and then replace, they are not much good though as the cat still goes around them to make a dreadful mess, and the smell!!! wow so awful.  I am growing lavender in the hope it will deter the cat also spray lavender oil as it does not seem to damage the grass.  Can I put coffee grounds on the grass, I am going to try tea bags with muscle oil.  I feel like getting rat poison and putting that on some fish .... but do not want to go there.  Why don't cat owners keep their flippin cats at home to do their mess.

Seed pods on New Zealand Flax

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 09:29

Yes, the flowers do not last long and then they turn brown and produce large seed pods.  I do think all this process is not good for the original plant.  The leaves turn yellow and the whole plant looks a bit sad.  I shall send some pics so that the different varieties can be viewed.  My green flax have a variegated cream borders and two of these have flowered.  The other is a lower growing one which has some pink and cream on the green leaves.  It is amazing the size of the flowers, I had to use loppers to cut them down as they were so woody and thick.

Seed pods on New Zealand Flax

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 08:46

Thanks for your reply Gary.  I have not replied earlier because I have been waiting to see what would happen with my New Zealand Flax this year.  Two more have produced huge flower heads on high poles but as the plant that did this last year suffered as a result I decided to remove them this year before they started running to seed.  I have several different varieties of flax and only the spiky variety have produced these flowers.  The red variety do not seem to do so.  I have had them in my garden for approx 4 years, they were purchased in pots from various nurseries and garden centres and I think they would have been approx 5 years old as they were in fairly large pots.  I have noticed that some of them are prone to mealy bug and worry about this.  Another thing I tried from the seeds gathered last year was to plant them to see if they would grow, some of them germinated and grew about an inch but sadly died.  I am going to keep trying though as there are hundreds of seeds.

Seed pods on New Zealand Flax

Posted: 30/06/2012 at 00:04

Hi, can anyone please advise whether I should cut off the long seed pods growing on my New Zealand Flax plants.  Thanks.

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