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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.

Caterpillar ID

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 11:29

No idea what it is - but cute!

Clearing a garden

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 11:28

I'd be loathe to go about spraying weedkiller or anything if there are children getting out and about in fresh air.

Fuchsia ID please

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 03:01

 For ref only 'Mrs Popple'

Fuchsia ID please

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 02:59

Maria Landy?

Fuchsia ID please

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 18:19

Tom Thumb maybe?

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