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Welcome to my New Secret Garden

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Lets say the magic word - “Herbidacious”, and welcome to my New Secret Garden

           Entrance to my Secret Garden

I’m very fortunate, I’ve been after some land, to grow vegetables on for a while, we still await the outcome of funding for our local allotment association.

A neighbour in the hamlet has kindly agreeded to let me have part of the garden to cultivate and grow vegetables, because the garden is very large and it’s too much for them to maintain. This area of the garden used to be culivated and used as a vegetable plot, 10 years ago.

I’m very excited, don’t know, when I’ll find the time, but it’s very close to where I live. It’s going to be a lot of work, but follow the journey here, it starts now…but well worth it I’m sure.

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Andys Secret Garden

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Maybe this deserves a new blog, but I’ll keep it here, coming soon …

Andys Secret Garden pictures shortly…

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Garden Casaulty of the Winter Frosts

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Yesterday we dug out a casualty of the hard winter frosts we had, where the ground remained frosted for many weeks, lots of garden Hebe’s around this area have died in the area due to the hard winter frosts. Lindsey was thinking of replacing it anyway, because it had grown too large and straggly.

Dead Hebe, frost damage

Dead Hebe, frost damage

After removing the dead Hebe

After removing the dead Hebe


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Water Lilies

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

We spent some time out yesterday at Burnby Hall Gardens, home to a National Collection of Hardy Water Lilies - the biggest such collection to be found in a natural setting in Europe. Here are a few pictures of some of the collection.

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July 2009 Chilli plants update

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Chilli plants in July in the porch

Chilli plants in July in the porch

These chilli plants have been grown from seed, I did think I would lose them all at one time, but since transplanting into larger pots, they started to do very well, and signs of flowers haved started to appear in the last few days.

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Rosa filipes ‘Kiftsgate’ in flower

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

A few people have asked what the flower looks on our rambling rose Rosa filipes ‘Kiftsgate’. At the time of the last post, when I removed the sucker it was only in bud.

Here’s a picture in flower.

Rosa filipes 'Kiftsgate' in flower

Rosa filipes 'Kiftsgate' in flower

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Good Morning World!

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Blue Delphinium

Blue Delphinium

Geranium

Geranium

Cheery flower for this mornings post. Blue Delphinium and Geraniums growing in the front garden border.

Sorry about the cane!

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Andy’s prize Hostas - use Slug Gone by Grow Aid

Monday, June 29th, 2009

I’ve had a few emails about what type of Hosta, I have in my garden. So I’ve taken a few pictures of each plant and displayed it’s name for easy identification. I have a total of five different Hosta plants, two are a blue variety which are supposed to be slug and snail resistant - this is why I bough them (it’s not true!). I did have a sixth plant Hosta ‘Wide Brim’,but before I discovered Slug Gone by Grow Aid Ltd the slugs and snails ate and killed it. This plant and Hosta ‘fortunei Francee’ both have won RHS Awards of Garden Merit, but that doesn’t exclude them from being eaten by slugs and snails - hardy doesn’t mean slug and snail resistant.

Despite the Gardeners’ World 2009 Reader Awards voting the Hosta into the 3rd place as the Nations most hated garden plant, I like them. Maybe it’s because people who purchase these plants hate them because they look awful after the slugs and snails have attacked and eaten the plant! They’ve obviously not discovered Slug Gone by Grow Aid Ltd.

I’ve now been using this organic product for three years, and have fantastic results in my garden. I previously blogged about it here and here. It was only available mail order, but I’m now see-ing it appear in more and more garden centers. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time, and it will be in B&Q. If your local Garden Centre doesn’t stock it - REQUEST IT - stop using chemical slug pellets in your garden today!(rant mode off!) Otherwise order on-line at Slug Gone by Grow Aid Ltd, and tell Brian I sent you!!!

If you don’t believe me look at my prize hostas, “proof is in the pudding” and I’ve tried everything. If I don’t use Slug Gone, the slugs and snails in my garden eat it!

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Blog Posts in 2007

http://andysworld.org.uk/2007/05/10/cottage-garden-border/

http://andysworld.org.uk/2007/05/15/cottage-garden-border-re-visited/

I’m not associated with Slug Gone or Grow Aid Ltd in anyway, I’d just like to recommend, an excellent organic product to fellow organic gardeners and Hosta growers. Your mileage may vary, it works for me in my garden.

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Planting out Impatiens ‘Blue Sky’™ Busy Lizzie

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Time to plant out the trays of Impatiens ‘Blue Sky’™ Busy Lizzie. Actually Lindsey planted them out, whilst I attended to tomatoe plants.

Impatiens Busy Lizzie 'Blue Sky'™

Impatiens Busy Lizzie 'Blue Sky'™

Impatiens Busy Lizzie 'Blue Sky'™

Impatiens Busy Lizzie 'Blue Sky'™

Impatiens Busy Lizzie 'Blue Sky'™

Impatiens Busy Lizzie 'Blue Sky'™

Impatiens Busy Lizzie 'Blue Sky'™

Impatiens Busy Lizzie 'Blue Sky'™

All planted up, My elderly neighbour looked on whilst I gave Lindsey planting instructions. So I gave my neighbour a plant, to plant out.

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Pruning out suckers - Rosa filipes ‘Kiftsgate’

Friday, June 26th, 2009

We purchased a climbing rose from R.V.Roger Ltd Rose Nursery, Pickering last year, to add some colour to the magnolia tree in the summer, after the tree had long since flowered in the spring. The climber we purchased is called Rosa filipes ‘Kiftsgate’, described as a huge and very vigorous climbing and scrambling rose; with creamy-white scented flowers. We’ve been regularly checking on it’s progress last winter, and early spring waiting for it to flower, within the last few weeks the plant suddenly started to put on massive growth, which comparing the growth with the rest of the plant, I suspect this was a sucker from the host plant, which has grown from beneath the graft.

Sucker below graft

Sucker below graft

close up of sucker below graft?

close up of sucker below graft?

I debated long and hard, and on inspection I think it’s a sucker, so proceeded to cut it off.

sucker removed

sucker removed

It’s almost four feet in length.

after - sucker removed

after - sucker removed

So I removed it, and also pruned out some other black wood. I chopped the sucker up into small lengths, and potted up in the greenhouse, and we will see if they root! (well it’s worth a try!)

sucker planted out in greenhouse

sucker planted out in greenhouse

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