Latest posts by Tootles

pruning Verbena Bonarienis

Posted: 25/09/2017 at 06:32

I cut mine back just enough to keep it looking tidy. 

This year I've found that they have self seeded a lot. I remember asking on here how to get the seed to germinate as I was struggling!  Mother nature can do a much better job than a greenhouse and a packet of seeds sometimes! Anyhow, I have pulled the babies out and potted them on and they are doing very well. This way I can plant them in another bed in spring. 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 23/09/2017 at 21:03

You have been busy Victoria! Where do you get your energy?!

i managed to fix the frame with the help of my other half and some pliers! Yay!

Is Plox Bavaria a perennia? It looks lovely.

Today I have toyed with buying plants but no real work in the garden.  Our gravel drive is full of weeds so working up the energy and patience to deal with them!

Greenhouse cleaning

Posted: 21/09/2017 at 05:15

It's one of my least favourite jobs. Always get water down my sleeves and feel guilly for washing out the spiders and insects!  Love the end result though.

i use a pressure washer too, and a broom with an old towel wrapped around it for the roof. 

Corydalis - as per Monty last night

Posted: 16/09/2017 at 19:31

Thanks for the replies, and ebay link. 

Pearsons Nursery in Collingham is going to look out for some for me. Great service.

Corydalis - as per Monty last night

Posted: 16/09/2017 at 11:41

brilliant episode of gardeners world last night. Inspired me to plant a corydalis. I've phoned twelve garden centre / nurseries so far and not one has any. 

is it a specialist plant? not keen on buying one online as wanted to get stuck in today.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 13/09/2017 at 06:42

The metal is completely twisted! I wonder if I can get a refund?? Would have thought it should stand up to the UKs weather. Only had it three years. 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 13/09/2017 at 06:38

Oh no! The wind has made a real mess. Have come down to find my runner bean stand completely twisted and on its side.  Everything looking really bashed. 

I can see what my jobs for the weekend will be! A mega tidy up session! 

2017 tomatoes...

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 07:17

I had a fab crop this year. The best in years. 

For me this was definately down to planting in grow bags in the greenhouse and using tomato pots. 

Still got a few growing now and this was from just one picking of circa 9 plants.

Adam Frost - Gardeners World

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 07:07

I really enjoy GW these days. I wish it wasn't on so late though. I know it can be recorded and played back, but I really like it as a prelude to my weekend. I'm so glad they stopped all that nonsense from a few years back.... making hanging baskets out of coat hangers, oh and those awful hanging coconut / moss balls things!! 

I really like Francis. She's very natural and easy to watch. For me, Carol is queen. I think she should have been made head presenter years ago, or better still given her own series. The one that was made about her garden throughout the seasons was brilliant. I still watch it back now.

I also loved the series on Christine's Garden. Now that was fantastic. A complete natural and so relevant to most of us with normal gardens. Not seen her on the telly box for a while. 

Cat eating grasses in garden

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 20:08


what a wonderfully kind thing you are doing. That's one lucky kitty to have met you. 

I hope kitty settles and you have a lovely time together.

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Where in the UK is beautiful for a little holiday home

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Is this just a massive weed?

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Can roots grow in drains from a seed within a drain?

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Should I use compost - very odd sour smell...

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Can I use these as seed spuds? 
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Joining the RHS

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Where has Monty gone?

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Seed Audit -open packets and out of date

would love to hear your views 
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Is crop rotation absolutely necessary?

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