Latest posts by Tads

Tree Fellas

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 16:16

a magnificent oak tree, growing on the railway bank outside our back garden fence in Guildford, has been "under threat" of tree fellas employed by the Railway.  Beautiful tree, beloved by us all, bestowing family pleasure in summertime garden (see 2nd picture).  Long story short :  the tree fellas moved in this morning and lopped off 2 thick branches overhanging both our garden & our neighbour's garden! also the back branches at the other side, branches overhanging the railway line. They have now left for the day, but when asked we were told they would be back to remove the rest of the tree! that the whole tree will be taken down. (Picture below shows its current sad state).  

Is there any chance it willI survive as an oak tree & regrow branches & ever look like a tree again?  You can imagine how upset everyone is, as other trees amongst our neighbourhood have received similar treatment. But what's done is done now. We've been aware the Ivy isn't good for the tree & periodically take the chain saw to the ivy at ground level, to keep it down.  Please, is there any advice anybody can give us apropos this tree, now?   (I have a horrid feeling the authorities are going to leave the tree as it is, and not come back!)  We feel we can't bear to look at it like this, & would prefer it if the Railway did come back & took the whole tree down. IF they dont, will the tree sprout more branches & continue growing, if we keep the Ivy regularly trimmed, do you think?  We are at a loss  any advice will be most welcome, "thankyou"  


Bareroot Lupins

Posted: 06/04/2016 at 18:28


i have for the first time bought some BAREROOT LUPINS - can you please help me to identify how to plant them? Strange looking things ?  some of them have copious white shoots off a  "carrot like root".   I am assuming I plant the "carrot like root" downwards into the hole - but what do I do with the copious white shoots ?  Do I leave these protruding from the ground? And can I plant them "in clumps" or must they be planted in singles ? 

And planting  them now, will they flower this Summer, or not ? 

thankyou kindly 



Watering Orchids

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 10:25

Watering Orchids

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 10:24

oh, it worked ????

Watering Orchids

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 10:24

you see? This is what I get !  


Watering Orchids

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 10:23

Oh - great thanx !  Will try again now ????

Watering Orchids

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 09:43

btw, I clicked on a 'happy face' icon in above reply - but I see all those ? came up, sorry ...

Watering Orchids

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 09:26

mmnnnn, Pansyface - thankyou, I agree with you - I am "furious" that they should mislead customers about watering ! 

Thanks so much for your "in-depth" advice - clearly you are an "understanding soul" - ???? just what I needed.   Ok I wont water them for a month (agree) but I will buy a spray, and give the foliage a spray once a week - and see how that goes. 

Your "kindness appreciated, Thankyou ????

And "Thankyou" too - Gardenmaiden, will use spray. ????

And "Thankyou" aym280 - i will get some orchid food & dissolve a little in the water, once a month......????

"Thankyou" to everyone ????????????


Watering Orchids

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 10:49


Watering Orchids

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 10:48

i have been given 2 beautiful  "mini cascade orchids"

- each "planted in moss fibre" in a glass bowl vase.  

Watering instructions say "water thoroughly every 1-2 weeks, allowing excess water to drain away. Do not allow plant to stand in water" - 

but the glass bowls prevent any drainage ???? ? so I darent water them - have had them for 6 days now.

please can a kind soul offer a "clue" on how I should proceed with watering (how often & how much?)  i believe you can over-water orchids - 

"Grateful" ???? Thankyou - 


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