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Latest posts by Welshonion

Advice on Weeping Willow, please

Posted: 11/05/2013 at 09:44

Am I the only person who thinks plants should be allowed to reach their full potential? I can admire bonsai, but I would not subject a potentially enormous tree to it.

Plant cruelty; if indeed, you can be cruel to a plant.

transplanting wild bluebells

Posted: 11/05/2013 at 09:39

Blubells look great en masse.  They do not look great mixed up with daffs and tulips.

By all means go and admire them where they grow naturally, but leave them alone.  As the others have said it is illegal to dig them up, though you could try scattering seed from them.

Blanket Weed

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 10:56

Barley straw products will be illegal from September, by order of the EU. 

Quite how they will police it if you buy a bale of barley straw from a farmer - for the chickens' nest-boxes, to make compost, put round the strawberries, to name just a few uses - I don't know.

Is there no end to EU meddling?

If you can get hold of a bale of barley straw, shove some straw in one leg of and old pair of tights with a brick and submerge in your pond.

Overgrown rockery

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 00:03

Hollie hock, I think you have that in the wrong order.  Separate the plants you want.  Blitz the rest and then replant!

What screening plant to block out brick building?

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 21:24

Leylandii is an ugly thug.  Evergreen has advantages, but it is depressing as you never get the wonderful burst of spring foliage, it is just the same green all year.

Can you plant something in the garden nearer the house to take your focus away from the brick building?


Posted: 09/05/2013 at 18:14

If you wanted to hold these seed potatoes back until June they should have been in cold store rather than in the dark in the garage.  Some experiments work, some don't.

Plant them now and certainly don't remove the shoots.


Posted: 09/05/2013 at 01:09

Pull a stem backwards from the plant and it should come away easily at the bottom.  Only remove a few stalks at a time from each plant; the remaining stalks will develop over the Spring/Summer.  Stop pulling stalks in July to let the plant gain strength.

Remove any flower heads, they will be obvious.

To prepare for cooking; cut off the leaf at the top of the stalk, the leaves are poisonous, put them on the compost.  Cut off the bottom of the stem so you get a nice straight stem for cooking.  Cut into chunks, discarding any strings which come away when you chop the stems.  Very nice cooked with the zest of an orange.  No liquid required if you do it in the microwave.  Do not overcook or it will go to a mush. Pie, crumble, fool.  Yum, yum.  

Daffodils and Tulips - what to do as they fade?

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 22:49

Gladioli will certainly flower this summer for you.


Posted: 08/05/2013 at 17:59

I'm a bit excited.  I've just watched a pair of swifts go under the fascia boards.  Resident sparrow made a noisy exit.

Daffodils and Tulips - what to do as they fade?

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 17:56

The tulips may not flower next year. Species tulips are more reliable for flowering year after year.  The daffs will flower next year especially if you feed them and allow them to die down naturally.

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