Woodgreen wonderboy

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Frogs & Ants

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 21:51

I don't think ants do much harm in the garden and without them I wouldn't see green woodpeckers. As wise ol' nut says frogs do too much good to put them at risk.

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 21:47

Definition of "pootling"...pottering about from job to job without a plan and just doing what you feel like doing, rather than doing those jobs that are shouting to be done.

Do you agree or have you a better definition?

Dahlia tubers

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 21:39

Yes, by the time they appear all chance of frost should be over. Altenatively pot them up in ordinary potting compost and keep them warm. They should show green leaves soon(beware slugs and snails) and then you can plant out in June.

Talkback: How to grow dahlias from seed

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 23:06


Beloved Lavender bushes dying

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 22:30

The standard advice is to trim them back after flowering, which in the UK would mean late summer although it doesn't make much difference if you leave this to the spring. If yours keep growing all year then I think that it would be up to you to decide when.Two or three times could be OK too.The absolutely essential rule that you must follow is that you must not trim them back so far that you are cutting into the brown stems at the base of the plant. If you do this the plant will not grow again on that stem. You should trim down only so far that you have left some green growth on each stem. Leave about 2-4 cms. of green and you should keep a nicely shaped shrub, and have stimulated flower formation. To keep up your supply of flowers for your Nan you could trim different plants at different times. I know pruning can be a bit frightening when you first start gardening but we have a saying that sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind. Except that for lavender you must not not be too cruel!

Beloved Lavender bushes dying

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 21:59

Pena, I can see why you are so upset, and desperate to find a solution. Remember that lavendar is a mediterranean plant. The med. climate is "hot dry summers, cool wet winters". That's what you should try to emulate, along with the drainage we talked about earlier.

Do you trim them back after flowering?

Any idea what these plants are?

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 21:53

Hi Sue.. if your sister says that it is yellow and spreads it could well be loosestrife. My advice would be to remove it now unless it is in a spot where it will be contained without becoming a nuisance. It's your call.

Any idea what these plants are?

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 13:24

GG...If you cut the pulmonaria down to the ground when it finishes flowering, which could be in a few weeks (precision always was my strong point) you will overcome the mildew risk and have a nice flush of pretty leaf for the rest of the year.

Runner Beans

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 09:17

artjak... will do, in fact have done.

Make do and mend

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 08:58

I wear any clothes that are worn out generally, as my gardening clothes. I have to admit that I wear them to bits on the garden, as no-one else can see me. And then they go straight into the bin.

The frames from my old plastic greenhouses, sans covers, make good staging in the greenhouse and I have another in the garage for all my sundries,small tools, paint brushes etc. Another has my dahlias, in pots, on it while they wait to be planted out

By the way you can get replacement covers for some greenhouse... just ask at the GC where you bought it and if they don't have one, ask for the name of the supplier who can probably send you one at a small charge.

Discussions started by Woodgreen wonderboy

When should I plant Phlox

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Need help in putting together a quiz which is a bit challenging and fun too 
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They are much better microwaved for about 3 mins., turned over, mw for 3 more mins. Lot less bother than boiling . Keep flavour and scrunch. 
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Camassias from seed

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Dahlias..an unintended trial

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Something for the weekend.......enjoying gardens and flowers.

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Annoying Miracle-Gro advert

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Gaillardia death

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Encouraging young gardeners

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Why I never buy online

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Difficult Navigation

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Looking after alpines

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