Latest posts by sthlndngrower

Overgrown climbing rose

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 12:06

Many thanks for all your replies.... Shame the fairies can't do the pruning for me!

Overgrown climbing rose

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 19:40

Hello fellow GWers,

I have two very overgrown climbing roses... i had tied in and pruned regularly to create a good framework for new growth and maximising flowering. However, in what seemed like no time at all, they shot up and are seriously overgrown (I'm talking 10 foot or so) with woody main stems. I know many roses can be pruned now (am in the south and they are against a fairy protected wall), but given the radical pruning needed, I wonder is this the best time? do I cut the really chunky woody stems right back to promote new growth, or just by two thirds or so to leave a central 3 foot or so main stem?

would really appreciate some advice... I keep meaning to tackle it, but every time i so much as look at them I quickly find something else to do instead!

Grease bands for new cherry trees?

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 16:31

Hello Bob,

thats really helpful, many thanks.


Grease bands for new cherry trees?

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 13:55

I've recently planted two year old (approx 5 ft tall) cherry trees on my allotment. I am planning on fan training them, so won't be getting any/ much fruit for a few years. Should I put grease bands on them?

Prunus incisa 'Kojo-no-mai' problems

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 17:46

i bought one of these about 4 or 5 months ago and had the same problem. i underestimated how hot & dry it has been, and how little rain we've had (until the past week). some good regular watering has picked it up and it has put on new growth. i see yours is in a pot, I suspect it's been drying out.

Bargain shrubs

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 06:23

i love a bargain plant... have a couple of clematis i got for £1 or so each... now with a bit of TLC flowering well for their size. have stocked most of what once was a jungle of a shared (i.e. no one gives a hoot about) garden. hibiscus and raspberries from lidl for a few pounds each, lots of discounted shrubs and perennials from garden sections of well known DIY stores.


Chelsea Chop

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 21:48

i had  very sad and floppy sedum a year or two ago... divided, and now have 6 or 7 vigorous sedums!

geranium seem to respond really well to Chelsea/ june/ even early July chop!

i hate flies!

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 20:21

My pet hate about spring & summer, is the number of small flies around the house. fruit flies in the kitchen, others in the sitting room, dropping in for a swim in my wine.... hate them. 

i bought a pack of plug-in blue light things, quite cheap from a well known DIY store- they are totally useless! what I wonder is what really works? i do try and keep fruit in the fridge, keep things that are out covered etc. But these pesky flies drive me crazy. 

do carnivorous plants actually work, or would i have to have enough to turn my home into a jungle for them to be effective?

the blue light thing... i think the plug in things i have are just lights with a bit of blue plastic, whereas i think what professional kitchens and butcher shops tend to have is something more than this... not sure what.

GWers- what's your best defense against small flies around wine glasses and in the kitchen?

swarms of flies in compost

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 19:55

thank you both for your advice, much appreciated!

swarms of flies in compost

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 12:14


i have recently been lucky to be able to collect a large amount of food waste (fruit & veg, often quite  lot of bananas/ banana skins) for the composter on my allotment. I'm sure i will have lots of lovely compost before too long, however when i lift the lid to add more, i am plagued by a huge number of flies, swarms! I'm sure they're just fruit flies or similar, but it is very unpleasant.

my guess is i need to add more brown waste, cardboard/ newspaper, twiggy cuttings will this be sufficient or is there something else i should do? i shall i just tolerate and count my blessings when i have heaps of lovely rich compost?

i have been composting for years and do understand the principles, haven't had this prob before so realise it must be a consequence of the fruit waste. expert advice from you lovely GWers gratefully received. 

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