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Am I grumpy cos.....

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 18:11

Really dislike leylandii - didn't buy a nearly perfect house because 3 sides of the garden were leylandii hedging - 2m tall perfectly maintained but how much work would that be in the future? - and there was nothing else worthwhile growing in the garden.

I have to whisper that I don't really grow or even like daffodils. Can't be done with that harsh yellow, the short flowering season,  the blowing flat at the first storm all followed by weeks of untidy leaves.

Much prefer hellebores, brunnera & other long flowering spring perennials whose foliage continues to 'give' something to the garden long after the flowers have gone 

hosta and geraniums

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 17:59

You often get ??? instead of  when you're working on a tablet Tanya - no idea why - just happens 

Doing colon, hyphen, close bracket usually results in a smiley on my iPad 

Health and Safety

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 16:44

Sounds horrid Berghill - hope you feel better soon 


Seed disc for hanging baskets

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 18:01

It was down to 0.4C in my unheated potting shed a couple of nights ago. I might risk putting mature geraniums out at the beginning of May (they don't mind the odd coldish night) but I wouldn't risk tender seedlings for at least another month.

As Blue Onion says you also need to ensure the discs are kept damp (not wet) for the seeds to germinate.

Talkback: Growing woodland anemones

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 12:50

Cattie87 - I don't know for sure who has been at your plants - but voles, mice & squirrels all think my garden is some sort of banqueting table & plump little bulbs (& pea seeds) seem to be their favourites. Pigeons are also doing a bit too much pecking around for my liking at the moment 

Is it just me?

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 11:44

I really don't like these bottles either. I was using one the other day (can't remember what) & had the right amount measured out in the bulb - but as soon as I put the bottle upright to take the top off about a third trickled back into the bottle - presumably a faulty valve.

Another leaked weedkiller over my fingers while it was tilted - faulty valve or seal.

Yet another involved a much more viscous liquid. I was pretty convinced that about a third of the product was still clinging to the inside of the measuring bulb and valve mechanism & obviously you can't rinse it round to dissolve all the product.

I have gone back to using an old measuring cup - at least then I know exactly how much fluid I've measured. I can also rinse the cup several times with water & add the rinsings to the spray bottle to ensure I've got the full measure.

If the reason for introducing these was to ensure correct dosage of product I think they fail BIG time.

I also consider the caps to be less leak proof than a standard safety cap so, therefore, potentially dangerous if one ends up with less than desirable product on one's hands.

Why do we all have be burdened by products with safety caps on anyway?? I don't have small children around regularly & if I did I am well able to put stuff on a high shelf. It would be nice to choose which closure to go for or to at least be able to remove the one I don't like (easily) & replace it with a regular screw cap. I really struggle with bleach bottles 

Garden Moles

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 09:50

I prefer to use beer bottles to milk bottles - simply because it's more fun emptying them 

Doesn't half make the tea taste funny tho' .... 

help me choose a new hedge

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 22:26

By the way SGL - I love your hypericum hedge - haven't seen it grown like that before.  I think the right rose / honeysuckle / whatever scrambling over an arch would look lovely  

help me choose a new hedge

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 20:05

Cotinus is lovely SGL (have several plants in my garden) and it responds well to hard pruning. I think, however, that Bekkie wanted an evergreen hedge & all the cotinus shrubs I have are deciduous  - which is a shame because they provide some nice backdrops to other plants in the summer.

I had another thought - Sarcococca or Christmas Box - evergreen, slow growing, very clippable and producing those heavenly scented flowers in winter. Hope the following image loads properly...


Cosmos seedlings

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 16:56

Thanks for that info Lyn - I confess I hadn't thought about the effect on bees - maybe I'll stick in a few of the 'normal' ones too so I can do a direct compare & contrast.

I usually grow the shorter varieties but still find (in spite of constantly pinching them back for the the first couple of months) that they become huge plants. I reduced the best ones by about 18" in mid Sept last year & found that really kept them going through autumn with lots of new buds. They finally succumbed mid to late November. 

The only annuals I always grow 

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Is this Pea Weevil?

Something's chewing my pea seedlings 
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Getting rid of daffodils

Rogue daffodils in raised veggie beds 
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