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what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 22:10

Lavender, borage, chives, a couple of dahlias, arbutus unedo, cyclamen and aster - I think that's about it, though have seen cosmos, argyranthemum and roses in flower in a neighbour's garden this week. Pleased to see this thread as it's been on my "to do" list for a couple of weeks to make a note of what's still flowering so that I can plan for having more flowering for longer next year.

spacing apple cordons/minarettes grown over arch

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 21:59

I am planning to grow cordon apples over a metal arch (so I think that makes them minarettes as they will be growing upright?). I intended to grow one either side of an arch which is about 5 foot wide, but it's about 3 foot deep so I wondered if I could grow a tree at each corner of the arch. I think the spacing for cordons is 2-3 feet but I don't want to risk overcrowding as I do have a tendency to want to squeeze in as many plants as possible, and I don't know if growing them upright rather than oblique makes a difference to the spacing. If anyone else has grown fruit trees over an arch please could you let me know what you think?

dead nettle

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 19:54

That's great - thanks v much. I didn't think about the annual/perennial difference, just assumed it would be a similar/same plant.

dead nettle

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 20:15

I was going to buy a red dead nettle to plant as ground cover in a shady corner. Just wondered if there is any reason why I shouldn't just transplant some of the wild dead nettle that is growing in  the street outside? To be clear I'm not talking about digging up wildflowers from a park/countryside, just from cracks in the pavement where the council will weedkiller them anyway. Are there any reasons why this wouldn't be a good idea?

keeping mice off pea seeds

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 09:13

THanks for all of those ideas. I already do sow them in the greenhouse in gutters and haven't had a problem before this year, though I suspect it might be because one of our cats is getting older and isn't such a good mouser any more. I hadn't  thought of suspending the guttering - will try and work out if I can do that somehow. Also will work my way through all hte other suggestions until I find something that works! Maybe we'll just have to get another cat

keeping mice off pea seeds

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 13:10

Oh gosh, I'm a bit of a woossy vegetarian so don't think I'd like to kill the mice (though I know that's a bit hypocritical when the cats kill them....). I've used the traps which don't kill them before (when I didn't have cats) but I think you have to take them miles away or they just come back again.

I'll give the chilli a go and see if that makes a difference before I try trapping them.

I'd love to know if the paraffin is ok to use or would it contaminate my peas?

Is it just peas and beans they eat or are they likely to be a problem with other plants too?

keeping mice off pea seeds

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 11:15

Thanks Franco6832 - did you sprinkle the chilli  on the surface or on the seeds? I might give that a try.

keeping mice off pea seeds

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 10:39

Our pea seeds are being eaten by mice & I wondered if anyone has any tips to avoid this? We sow them in the greenhouse in lengths of guttering & haven't had problems before this year. We also have 2 cats (& another living next door) so imagined we were fairly safe from mice, but yesterday found several mouse-sized holes in the soil in the pea gutters, seeds missing and tiny shoots & roots left behind. I've heard people used to soak the peas in paraffin before planting but not sure if that would be considered safe now? Any other ideas?

Things you did in the garden as a kid which were extremely bad!

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 21:09

I once went to a friend's house when i was about 3 or 4 and we picked every flower we could find and filled the pond with them all....Her mum wasn't pleased when she found out & my mum still reminds me of this, but of course now nobody would dream of leaving a couple of 3 yr olds alone near a pond for long enough to do that!!


Moving a Cotinus

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 21:05

Thanks Verdun. I did think of buying another plant but I don't really want to keep the one I have in its current position as I think I put it in the wrong place to start with, and it's also outgrown it's space and you can't see it from the house which is such a shame that you don't get to see the lovely autumn foliage from the windows, so I thought it would be worth  trying to move it but I would buy another one if the move killed it & I wasn't able to take a cutting. The place I have for it in my front garden is right in view of my front window so I think it would look lovely both from the house and the street. I am tempted by Royal Purple but I love Velvet Cloak. TBH if I had the space I would have every different Cotinus - they are gorgeous plants! I really like the idea of the miscanthus with it - that would look lovely - thanks for the idea.

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spacing apple cordons/minarettes grown over arch

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dead nettle

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