Latest posts by Tootsietim

Pros and cons of using railway sleepers to create a retaining wall

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 23:05

Oak sleepers can rot, particularly if they are mostly sapwood rather than the harder and more resilient heartwood.

Treated softwood sleepers can also rot, usually due to the preservative not penetrating the wood very well. if treated wood is cut or drilled, then the exposed surfaces will allow rot to enter. Also large section timbers tend to split when exposed to the weather and this also allows rot to enter.  Redwood (pine) is more resilient than whitewood (spruce) so it would be worth checking with your supplier.


Engineering bricks or solid bricks for patio project

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 22:55

I father has used blue engineering bricks for various jobs in the garden and they lasted very well, I imagine a patio of them would look rather fine.

My only concern would be whether they might become too hot to walk on, always assuming that the sun decides to shine once more.

Yellow rose ID

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 22:42

total guess but from my rose selling days the earliest large flowered yellow rose was Arthur Bell which regularly bloomed from April onwards.  It is well scented too but rather prone to black spot. In a sheltered London garden it could well be in flower now.

Canary bird is a lovely small flowered shrub rose. Here in Norwich it is planted en masse at the Norwich City football ground.  unfortunately the flowers don't last for very long.

Bumble Bees

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 22:34

3 years ago I sowed my whole front garden with Phacelia tanacetifolia, (sold as a green manure) and more bumble bees than I ever thought possible.

I counted at least 7 species plus honeybees and at one point was counting over 100 bees per square yard. 

No need to buy bees.

Sow phacelia and they will come.

(  it does rather self seed though)

Monty - just saying......

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 07:45

I agree that it was nice to see Monty looking so content, even smiling when barely able to speak through exhaustion. 

But I have to say that he looks nothing like the Athena posters I  had on my walls.



When should last years dahlias make an appearance?

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 07:41

Still no sign of mine in the open garden here in Norfolk. Given that we had a hard frost this last week that is fine by me. I wouldn't expect to see any new growth above ground yet and I don't force any under cover.

if you are worried, you could carefully scrape down to the tubers and see If they are still firm and plump, but be careful not to damage any new shoots.  If they are squishy, then you have lost.

Sap or pest?

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 07:27

I haven't seen a Dracaena in flower before and am therefore rather envious of you.

Apparently the flowers are highly fragrant.

A brief search shows that they will exude sap if they are stressed, so perhaps the strain of flowering is the cause. I don't think it is anything to worry about unduly.


Missing plant

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 21:52

I have heard of gardens that open to the public not labelling their more prized specimens due to thefts.

Bird Poo

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 21:51

Similar problem at work with pigeons and doves roosting and leaving large piles of muck. Often one bird of a pair will sit away from the nest in a favourite spot while it's mate is on the nest.

 In the garden a blackbird often roosts in the same spot and messes on the compost heap. ( yay).

I can only suggest you remove any perch they are using, or make it unusable.

I'm afraid that the wildlife and countryside act makes the shooting of birds in your garden strictly off limits.

Missing plant

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 21:41

The wheelbarrow marks led about twenty yards up the path. Then there was a clean square on the road where a trailer had been. Must have taken them ages. 

Ironically, the muck came from the village pig farm who, if I remember rightly all those years ago would supply a farm trailer load for about two quid.  So hardly worth the risk.

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cuttings from wallflowers

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