Latest posts by yarrow2

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!

Yet another ID required please?!

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 00:27

It's beautiful.


Is it just me?

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 00:19

I'm a bit like Titchmarsh when you see him dig his hands into 'lovely' compost.  Or I used to be when it seemed so lovely and moist and had a rich earth smell of healthy good organic stuff.  These days I wear latex gloves to re-pot plants and do anything because my OH has a weak immune system and I have to be really careful that nothing gets attached to me and spreads around.  So I can't afford to be as gung ho as I used to be.  I even now wear latex gloves under my gardening gloves.  I'm sure the neighbours must think I'm a bit of a little precious fusser!

My pet hates: can never get my nails clean after gardening, even with the latex gloves - ha ha.  Why do nailbrushes never seem to clean your nails?

Kitchen pet hate:  I'm clumsy and just about every time I make a cup of tea, I always seem to spill sugar on the work surface - as in a whole bag, or the sugar bowl, or even just getting a spoonful out of a bag of sugar.  I seem to do it to the point where I'm having to think as I'm doing it and thinking seems to make me develop dropsy.  The thing I hate is if there is any wet and the sugar gets wet and it goes all over the place when you try to clean it up.  I hate touching it.  The grainy wetness makes me cringe.  Otherwise, I don't fuss about any other kind of mess at all.  I'm not houseproud in any way and I love getting in muck in the garden.  I just have this thing with sugar.

My phobia to deal with in the next few days.  Pigeon died in the garden a couple of months ago.  I burned it in the little garden incinerator along with dead Xmas tree branches and other prunings etc.  Thought it was a good hygienic cremation.  Now, I lift the lid to put other prunings in and end up closing it again because that pigeons little legs are still there sticking upwards and I can't bear now to use the blasted incinerator.  How soft is that?!!!


Growing Roses

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 00:04

Great idea for the topic thread.  I have little experience with roses, would love to have more but due to my uncertainty of how to best care for them, I've limited myself in the past to buying cheaply from DIY centres - and this for me has been disappointing. e.g. last year I set out to purchase 2 white roses, highly scented.  And there were two roses labelled 'white' and 'highly fragranced'.  I eagerly planted both.  They were both pink.  Had no fragrance whatsoever and the stems after early spring pruning are extremely thin and cannot support the flowers when they bloom.  In this instance, I feel the labelling was careless and obviously wrong.  Could have happened when bulk supplies of roses were being moved around, or perhaps were labelled incorrectly by the supplier.  In any case, it put me of spending any more money on cheapies.

I inherited 8 roses over 20 years old from my late mother's garden and each of us in the family shared her roses.  Sadly I lacked the knowledge and confidence to take cuttings in order to continue her devotion over many years and in my garden they have not done well at all after the first year.  And they were beautiful roses but I just didn't know how best to care for them because of their age and didn't recognise what signs the plants were showing in order to truly save them and do the right thing.

Pansyface - I am thrilled to see your rose Warm Welcome.  My OH spent 10 months in hospital this last year and I used to visit him every day in an area not well known to me.  Every day I would pass a house which had this glorious rose growing up the sides of their front door and it was both cheering to see and a real stunner.  Looking at your photograph, I have a strong feeling that it as indeed your Warm Welcome rose.

I love roses but no matter how I improve very poor soil in this city garden, I don't think it will ever really sustain good roses.  We are surrounded by high buildings and tend to get much humidity and dampness in the summer months and I don't think the lack of good air circulation is that great for roses and mildew is a real problem.  Also, even the existing roses of my late mum's which were scented don't give off much fragrance in this garden and I suspect that that too is the humid conditions.  Is this possible?

I would really need to find disease resistant, very strong growers which could survive in not ideal conditions and I would love the miracle of fragrance which I have not been able to attain so far.  I need any advice I can get.

I'm sorry my posts tend to be very lengthy.  It's just so great for me to find other people so into gardening that I tend to blurt out my thoughts like an avalanche and forget to stop.  Apologies everyone.

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