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Latest posts by Wintersong

Japanese Maple

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 18:54

I have two Acers, one large green and one small purple.

The green one was fine but the purple one had severe dieback of buds. Its popping leaves from a few healthy buds and growing new buds along the stems, so I guess you are not alone

Does anyone else..........

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 18:51

I don't chop when it goes in, but after a while and a few good stirs, I will set the garden sheers to it. Works a treat but it's hard work on the arms.

Some of my new Tulips

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 18:46

I've got the Spring green ones in my courtyard area. Looking gorgeous

Too many raspberries

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 16:27

From personal experience...

Raspberries are extremely invasive so be warned. They set deep tap roots for anchorage and shallow rooted runners that sprout new shouts all the way along.

It's nigh on impossible to contain Raspberries and they will come up anywhere and everywhere, growing twenty feet from the parent plant with no distinction between lawn, paving or the neighbour's lawn!

So, what to do about this?

Some gardeners mow the grass verges where Raspberries grow whilst others sink concrete slabs, neither of which deters the runners, only maintains an appearance.

I must say, this does annoy me about gardener's world, when they show and tell you what to do with raspberries but never breath a word about their vigour.

In the Elizabethan days, Raspberries were the woodland bramble and Blackberries were the fruit of cultivation. How things have changed but at least Blackberries can be contained since they root from their tips, not by stealth underground.

Personally, I dug all mine out after three years of ignorance that saw one single plant turn into a forest and I still have the odd rouge sprout that needs hacking back.

I would only grow Raspberries in pots if I chose to love these thugs again. Good Luck with yours. 

Gardeners World

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 07:56

No accounting for taste. Personally, Monty (and Nigel) can't put a foot wrong.

They are back

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 08:28

My first last week on my Ceanothus, interestingly enough, I had discarded a pile of compost under the Ceanothus that had been used to pot my lilies.It had a few rotten lily scales in it.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 16:07


Vine Weevil

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 07:47

I stopped using Provado for the reasons above. I use nematodes during warmer seasons and hand pick Lilly beetles. Delicate plants such as hostas get piles of grit.

I do use slug pellets sparingly.

I wish I didn't have to, but my garden doesn't have frogs, toads, chickens or hedgehogs and I've never been one for rummaging around in muddy borders after dark on hands and knees. I think that business suits urban gardens better or perhaps those like Carol Klein's that have organised borders set between many accessible paths.

I've tried other organic solutions to pests with mixed results. I made some garlic spray but the liquid just rolls off the leaves, even when applied with a fine mister, so I'm not sure how to keep the pongy water where its' supposed to stay.

I think my garden does alright, I have nesting birds and bees as most of us do

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 19:09

wow to Oakley Witch, Busy-Lizzie and dannyboy10.

You lot have been busy!

Runner Beans

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 09:19

depends on soil temperatures and how long they've been in the ground to rot.


I would suggest that you sow an insurance crop in case the first don't show, but perhaps do it in a tray to get them well started by which time the warmer weather will be rolling in proper and you will also see the results of your first sowing, or not.

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