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Latest posts by Tootles

strawberries in raised beds

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 07:35

I grow mine in a raised trough.  Here they are this morning. Freshly watered. They have been in there for three years and they do well. I've managed to propogate lots of new plants from the original. It's just plain old garden centre compost with some manure sprinkled in during early winter so it breaks down. 

I put the white garden mesh over them once the fruit comes to stop the birds feasting on them. I usually air them in the evening though to let the odd bees out.


Blind daffs solution??

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 07:27


went to a quiz at our local garden centre last night. One of the questions was 'what do you apply to daffs in autumn to prevent them coming blind in spring?' 

The answer was tomrite. Has anyone heard this or tried it?

a lot of my daffs in pots have come blind this year. Once they are blind, is that it or might they flower the following year? Also wonder if this works on tulips too?

View from my computer

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 12:35

What a great photo. Envious of your view! 

Dedicated to dogs

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 12:33

What a lovely thread and what fantastic doggies. Big like!


Posted: 27/03/2015 at 20:26

I love it Robyn. Like others say, hardy and really easy to propogate. The flowers last ages too. I adore watching the cats have a good time on ours.  Mine was a tiny plant when I got it. Plonked it into a border at the front and it grows to quite a size in summer. I cut it right back when it's done its thing.  Bees also love it.

Trees in Pots

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 20:21

If you want interesting colour you could go for a silver birth.  Very elegant and not dense so a nice light airy feel. 

If you want a show, you could go for a flowering cherry like a Kanzan. Simply stunning blooms in late spring / early summer and amazing orange and gold leaves in autumn.


Please help with snapdragons

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 07:06

I agree with Bobs good advice. 

ask your local garden centre if they have any unwanted plastic pots. One of our local garden centres actually have a big box of them for customers to help themselves. 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 07:02

Everything got a good drink last night. Absolutely poured down and was quite windy too.  Hoping the water butts have filled back up.

got to go into the office today (big booooooooo). Will be dreaming of being in the greenhouse all day. However, got a lunch with a lovely pal who is also into gardening (big yipppppeeeeee)!

help me choose a rose. white blooms, climbing, partial shade

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 13:50

Hi Snowdrop

ive just nipped outside and taken these photos for you. I have two roses, both white, both climbers, both fragrant both without thorns. Not sure if they technically keep their foliage in the winter, but both mine seem to have done so. The madam alfred has been in for two years and is the one almost halfway over the arch which is north facing, and the Claire Austin has been in for a year and is South facing. Both are looking very healthy.  Hoping for a good display of blooms this year. Hope you find one you like.


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 07:04

White over in rural Notts. Hopefully the last of the frosts this year.

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