Latest posts by sunnylou

What not to grow

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 15:10

Summer sprouting Purple Broccoli - had a couple of good years with this - however this year - massive plants and virtually no sprouts !  Too much nitrogen ? They were sown and planted out this year.  Louise

Hello from North Yorkshire

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 14:53

Hello Mrs Nesbitt, hope you enjoy your garden and the forum. I live in N.Yorks too but in Wharfedale, I retired from working as a gardener last December  - everything was beginning to creak !  Now have my greenhouse all to myself.  I wonder if you are an experienced gardener or newcomer ?  I know the Whitby area quite well and do like it, but any northern garden faces its own challenges, especially with windy conditions.  I would suggest a little at a time and would recommend getting a greenhouse of some kind, even if it is only a small one.

I have found everyone on this site most helpful and knowledgeable - good luck


Ash Trees

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 19:12

Thanks for that - Dovefromabove reassuring news, and hope we don't see any further harm to  any of our trees.

I found your quote quite poignant for me - my late mother who always got a bit mixed up with this saying (and many things) had a more abbreviated version than yours but the same, so I have got two to go at ! We hope they are right

'Oak before Ash' summer sash !

'Ash before Oak' summer soak !

Best wishes - Louise


Ash Trees

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 18:15

I live in the Yorkshire dales and have noticed that some ash trees are still not properly in leaf.  Some have their full leaves, others a small showing and some struggling to put out a canopy at all

I know that some years ash trees are late but now we are in June ?  I wondered if anyone else hade noticed this in different parts of the country.  Just hope I am not creating  false alarm and hoping that the disease has not spread


p.s. sorry about the unseasonal photo - have tried everything in my power to amend in settings but will not have it !


Rhodo vs Azalea

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 12:13

Hi Mike, your clarification on Rhododendrons/Azales was most useful, thanks

Shady blooms from seed - Help!

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 17:25

Good luck Victoria - a few gardening probs here !  As Mike Allen say,s don't despair, there are usually some sort of remedies, even for difficult situations - but no quick fixes if you would like a good long term garden

Keep asking the questions - there are enough seasoned gardeners on here to help


Rhodo vs Azalea

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 17:09

Mmm could be entirely wrong - but thought Rhododendrons and Azaleas had been reclassified by the powers-that-be in the world of horticulture and now appear under the Rhododendron umbrella.  Hope I am not talking complete nonsense here, all clarifications welcomed

By the way, talking of such things, I wonder if anyone has been to the Himalayan Garden, Grewelthorpe, Masham, N. Yorks.  A small garden in progress with lakes only open to the public for about 6 weeks in spring, difficult to get the timing for blooms right but well worth a visit if in the area. 


Garden Wedding - Plants

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 16:53

Good luck !  As Rosie and  Dave Morgan say above - don't worry if you can't grow everything from seed.  Plants can be bought quite cheaply from garden centres for an instant display to fill any gaps.  Would suggest Anthemis punctata - the 'Daisy Plant' widely available, white looks great but you can get other colours too

I once did a whole pathway of them for a wedding in pots with just a few blue annuals in as well 


Posted: 08/02/2014 at 12:16

Thank you everyone, much good advice, especially from Hostafan on how to split.  I will take more care in future !


Posted: 07/02/2014 at 17:59

Thank you both for replies - if we ever get a good day here in the Yorks Dales will go ahead

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