London (change)
Today 17°C / 8°C
Tomorrow 11°C / 4°C


Latest posts by Tootsietim

Anenomes ?

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 22:54

If you are growing anemones from the dormant corms, are you soaking them first.

When I plant anemone blanda I usually presoak them for 24 hours just to kickstart them. It seems to help.

blue butterfly

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 22:50

You think right, that's a Holly Blue. This time of year they mostly lay their eggs on holly, but later in the year ( second brood I think) then lay predominately on Ivy.

Always nice to see.

Small urban garden......

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 20:00

Too dense a planting with evergreen trees often has the effect of closing in a garden and making it appear smaller as well as darker.

My suggestion would be a small screen of silver birch trees which give dappled shade, provide a level of privacy in the summer when the garden is most likely to be used and attract a wide range of wildlife. Being only semi solid, you can look through them which gives a sense of space.

Seed packet grumbles

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 19:49

I considered purchasing some of Sarah Raven's seeds this spring but was put off by the price.

I find that a lack of information isn't restricted to seeds with many plant labels giving at best cursory or generic cultivation advice.

repositioning brocolli

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 19:35

Assuming that these are plants that grew last year and are cropping now or are about to crop then I would not be moving them now. The shock to the plant would not do it a lot of good at this late stage. I still have a couple of plants alongwith some curly kale in my front garden and am just working around them for now.

As much as I adore purple sprouting brocolli, its big drawback is the fact that it takes up space for more than 12 months. For that reason I often grow a few in the flower borders.


wildlife pond, with a cat...

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 19:26

The only thing I would suggest is to plan in such a way as to avoid there being any dense planting in which the cat could lurk near any shallow areas where birds may drink or bathe. This is often done by digging the rear of the pond deeper where it will be in the border or whatever planting is required, and then sloping the front edge to leave the shallows by the lawn.



Posted: 01/05/2013 at 19:21

I sowed my whole front garden with Phacelia tanecetifolia about two weeks ago, it germinated within a week or so and is now ready to thin out. The seeds were from Kings seeds and only cost £1.50. Actually I only used half a packet, so 75p. I shall dig some in as green manure as the seaon progresses to make room for the pumpkins that I shall be planting out later, but will leave at least a couple of rows by the hedge for the bees.

Actually on second thoughts I may leave it all and let the pumpkins fight it out for themselves.

turnip seedlings

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 22:13

I should sow a row directly into the ground as well to ensure a succession of small turnips.

Gardening as part of the National Curriculum

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 21:37

back in ye olde days, we had a lesson called rural science, which covered allotment gardening, chicken rearing (and fattening, killing, plucking and seling) and food production. As I remember, we spent a great deal of time digging the school plot and precious little sowing or planting or designing etc. In no way did it inspire us to garden. (it did perhaps teach us to double dig, and vow never to do it again)

What did inspire me was the time spent in our own garden with my parents, the time spent on the allotment ( which would nowadays be seen as forced labour ) and watching Geoff Hamilton on television.

Mystery plants

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 17:45

No 1 looks like the suckers that come up on prunus sps, plums cherries a guess.

Discussions started by Tootsietim

cuttings from wallflowers

Does anyone have experience of taking cuttings from ordinary wallflowers? 
Replies: 4    Views: 265
Last Post: 02/04/2015 at 17:44
1 returned