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Latest posts by Wintersong

tiny black bugs

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 15:05

Do you mean woodlice?

May In Your Garden

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 11:29

@gardeningfantic, Wow you've been busy! I did a few annuals last year to fill gaps but this year I was hoping to leave gaps for excuses to buy more plants

I love your mini woodland! I especially love ferns for their vibrant colour, the shape of their crosiers in spring and the lush look they create in the summer with autumn shades to boot! I have four in my garden so far and hope to increase their number whenever possible (my local B&Q doesn't stock a huge range)

It's been extremely wet here again but warmer on the plus side! I took a turn around the garden this morning with some surprise, there seems to have been a bit of a boost to some plants with everything starting to lush up more!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 09:10

Raining in Kent.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 17:31

YAY. Thanks! I knew it began with a B, but that was all. It was driving me crazy

May In Your Garden

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 17:21

@Geoff. Geoff! Remind me what that Scottish gardening program is called, I forgot the name and can't find it in BBC search field!

Unknown beetle..

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 16:55

I rather like the go-faster stripes! Vrooooooom


Posted: 09/05/2012 at 14:30

Oh how lucky you are!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 14:28
Alina W wrote (see)

But the good news is that my clematis sieboldi is alive and well after giving me a fright by not showing last month

 That Clematis is on my wish list!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 08:18

Raining here too, surprisingly

May In Your Garden

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 23:26

B&Q are supplied by a company called Verve, its now on all their labels.

They do three tiers of plants, small job lots such as buy two 1Lt pots for £5, a middle 2Lt pot for £8-10 or the semi mature versions that cost £25-30 or upwards.

Over the last few years I've found actual garden centres to be the priciest places to shop, stocking worthy plants but with that plastic commercial smile I don't like. I would always support a local nursery purely because its a small business, likely to be family run and I've always found them to be honest and helpful. A few years back we bought some mature plants knocked down and even got free delivery!.

At the moment both the above are out of my walking distance to get to, so B&Q is my only supplier and whilst the advice is mind blowingly bad and the plants are mass produced with a bit of a gamble as to cultivars, I still find them okay. The plants are always healthy with a good variety to cater to most tastes. I think the prices are pretty reasonable especially if you go at the end of seasons when they are reducing plants that are going over. I love sniffing around the half price trolley!

My only complaint would be the labelling and not just missing labels like today, but the information they give you is poor.  Last year's purchase of Callistemon leavis is currently sitting in a pot cut back hard after it turned brown post snow. I dug it up with the intention of dumping it on the customer services desk because the label did not mention it being tender at all, only the base was not dead, only its top growth. so I cut it back hard (apparently they recover from this as its like a bushfire) and stuck it in a pot to look after it better, but if the label had warned me, I wouldn't have bought it in the first place.

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