Latest posts by Tootsietim

Beech hedge disease

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 20:25

I don't think that there is anything wrong. It looks like the usual freshly opened buds of beech. I'd leave it and see if it hardens up like the rest of the hedge. Beech tends to open late and erratically.

Colour matching

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 20:20

I do like a Mint Moth.

Bay Tree

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 21:15

Though I have seen bays growing well in pots, mine hated it, in spite of regular watering and feeding. Since I planted it into the soil, it hasn't looked back.

I also find that cold weather can make them look a bit sad, and they tend to continue looking sad until new growth can replace the damaged leaves.

Blitzing a garden rant

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 09:05

Animal welfare ( Guernsey) ordinance 2012.

Blue vs purple flowers

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 08:50

I'm with you Peanut, bluebells are not blue, and the only blue flowers I have are light blue forget-me-nots. Take a walk in the woods at this time of year and compare the bluebells to the flowers of green alkanet, which are not only a lovely true blue but look more so compared to the purple bluebells around them.

A very good book on colour and its' uses is 'Colour for adventurous gardeners' by the late Christopher Lloyd.

to quote Christopher Lloyd, 'more then half the flowers described as blue in seed lists plant catalogues are some shade of mauve or purple'...'more than any other colour, blue needs contrast near to it, to prevent it looking dull'.

Tulip Fest 😍🌷

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 08:31

Tulip 'Menton' which has looked this good for about three weeks now and is set to continue.


Posted: 01/05/2017 at 09:56

in general, bird eggs take around a day to pass from ovary to being laid. They are fertilised before the white and shell are added. the nest building (female only for blackbirds) takes around 2 weeks. Once laid, the female won't start to brood the eggs until the clutch is complete.

Novel way to remove moss and weeds from a lawn!

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 09:45

not too concerned with the flames, these wouldn't last long and the heat wouldn't penetrate very deeply. I would be much more concerned over the effect of petrol soaking into the soil.

gardeners regularly use flame guns to control weeds.


Posted: 16/04/2017 at 21:35

If vermiculite dries out it blows away.

If your soil is already high pH, then mushroom compost may not alter anything ( check pH first)

Do check that any stable manure is well rotted before adding it to planted areas.

Mulch, mulch and mulch again. Pile it on and let the worms do the work, manure, compost, grass clippings, autumn leaves. All good stuff.

Gardeners World

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 07:06

Fritillaria imperialis  commonly known as crown imperial.

They do have a slightly odd smell which some people aren't keen on. So it might be worth sniffing one at the garden centre before taking the plunge, or planting them where they are out of nose.

Also fascinating is that if you lift one of the flowers and look inside, right up the top are a number of 'dewdrops' of nectar. They seem just to hang there defying gravity and, if you shake them out, they reappear almost instantaneously.

Well worth growing but they aren't too keen on heavy wet soils.

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cuttings from wallflowers

Does anyone have experience of taking cuttings from ordinary wallflowers? 
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