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Latest posts by yarrow2

Help! Am I growing stinging nettles!?

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 11:07

L Bennett - I've also been nurturing nettles thinking they were something else.  Ha!  I've decided to keep them unless they spread like mad.  I also have some willow herb being cossetted as I thought they were something else as well..doing well this year on mistaken identity.  But I'm going to keep them alongside the nettles and pretend that my intention all along was to have a 'natural' area for wildlife!!!!!!

A grand Auld Lad.

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 10:57

Oh Lord Palaisglide : free range chicken in the oven and post-feed flat out in the conservatory afterwards.  I'm envious.  I bet we all are.

White Pelargoniums in pot

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 10:53

Hi 'Fairygirl'.  I was never 'into' pelargoniums until I discovered that with this garden being pretty much enclosed, they survive the winter very well here outside and I never have to do anything with them except a good watering whenever they get bone dry. I get a lot of unpredictable wind in this garden which ruins tall or thin-stemmed plants to the point of destruction and the pelargoniums stand up to anything.  The rain ruins their 'look' of course - but just pulling off the petals and off they go re-blooming again.  So in my garden, they brighten things up dotted around in their pots and are sturdy stalwarts when everything else blows over and looks a total mess.

I've come to love them and I never thought I would!  (It's a pity my late mother isn't around to hear me declare this - I just know she would be laughing like mad and nodding with 'I told you so' written all over her face).

A grand Auld Lad.

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 10:48

Max sounds like my kind of dog.  An old hand and subtle in the ways he gives affection in recognising where he likes to spend his holidays and chill out!  Lovely story.   There is nothing so calming and quietly perfect than to have a happy aged animal around who is at home in their surroundings.  What brilliant companionship.

Potentilla Flowers Shrivelled

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 10:42

ommthree - I've never grown them in pots but the ones I have in the garden are in ordinary soil which is quite poor and dry unless it rains.  They do well in these conditions but mine are a yellow and maybe do well in quite poor soil in the sun.  I don't know anything about red ones or potentilla in pots.

I'd slip it out of the pot and have a look at the roots, see if there's anything going on there.


White Pelargoniums in pot

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 10:37


Hi everyone.

I've had these lovely white pelargoniums for 4 years in a pot with bacopa and white allysum.  I've never fed them any other year than this and each year I just scrape away the top couple of inches of compost and replace this couple on inches with new multi-p.  They always come up nicely.

A week ago they were budding nicely on nice fresh new shoots with buds.  For some stupid reason, as I was going around feeding potted plants with liquid tomato feed and without thinking poured some (highly diluted) also into the white pelargonium pot.

Now, the flowers are mis-shapen and are opening with green veins on them all, as you see in the photo.  The whole pot photo is July 2013 and the green veined flowers photo was taken today.

Do you think this has happened due to the erroneous tomato feed - or is this some other condition which I could possibly rectify? Or not?

Feeling stupid!

Many thanks.


Posted: 08/06/2014 at 08:49

Blimey Marion, 72 gazanias!   I'm new to gazanias and was very lucky to be gifted some by a local shop who had too many to store.  They are an orange colour - don't know the name - but I'm told they're tough as old boots, which they will need to be in this garden.   Have you been given a lot of assorted colours?  What fun!

Here in Edinburgh we were on the look-out for nasty showers yesterday having been weather warned the skies would open around 2pm.   I dashed out around 1pm to pot-on petunias (fabulous red colour) which I had had hardening off outside and determined to get them under plastic covers before the onslaught.  Managed to sow repeat Sarah Raven California poppies in pots (no room in the garden) and second sowings of things like cornflower, nigella, Emilia 'Irish Poet' - which I'm now having to restrict to biggish pots to fill spaces in the beds which are full now but will have big gaps when the aquilegias and so forth are completely done.

Sure enough, just I had done the last lot of potting-on - down came the rain and that was it for the rest of the day. 



Help please with quick growing plants for school fete

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 09:31

Nasturtiums are great confidence boosters for kids and they do germinate quickly.  They're often used as beginner seed sowing examples for kids because of that.  I'm confident that if you sowed them now, you would get a result good enough to pot them on into 3" or 5" pots ready for 4th July.  Members of the public are often willing to take them at the seedling stage as well.

If the schedule looks too tight for other things, you could maybe approach a local B&Q or other store as they are likely to have some bargain trays of things they haven't taken care of too well.  You can sometimes get as many as 25 little plug plants for 50p or £1 if they have surplus to get rid of.  You can tidy up the plants and just repot them into the next size up pots and they would be good enough to sell.  The potting-on exercise would be a good lesson for the kids also and it wouldn't tax their abilities and would give them confidence that it's easy to do and serves a purpose in growing things.

Weeds covered all over my slate chippings

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 00:47

icekull - I had to cheaply cover an area about 15ft x 4ft three years ago.  I bought a roll of weed membrane and 26 bags of blue slate from B&Q.  The first year it looked lovely and was perfect.  Second year it became clear that although it seemed there were more than enough chippings, as I'd been walking around every day on them they were being pushed down, slipping around.  Some grass and weeds started to grow through in places but were very easily pulled out.  BUT - now it's a complete mess with everything pushing it's way through and now completely through the membrane.

Get advice from someone who knows the best quality membrane, as others have said.  Mine has been a disaster and I'm going to have to remove the lot and start again.

Cane tops

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 00:31

If I've bought any plug plants in polystyrene trays, I break them up and stick  bits of the polystyrene on the end of the canes. But mostly I end up with a scratched face!

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