* Red Dahlia *

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Cyclamen advice

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 00:50

Crickey I have no clue. Could you tell if I take A picture??

Laying in the bath plotting...

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 22:13

I'm laying in the bath plotting what I want to do with my back borders next year. I have a small garden so always favoured compact flowers but this year I bought a lynchs or some such, red scabious, my own gayser gaura cuttings, astrantia major, verbena and tall lobellia abs shoved them in and they look great.


so our challenge, what flower has flowered throughout whole season or added interest and would be valuable to anyone's garden. Pls include rough size guide.


i would recommend gayser gaura mine is white, about 80cm tall and 60 wide. Small flowers but has gone right thru all season and still looks stunning. Very easy to take cuttings from and replace next year as this appears to be a tender perennial.


please share your most valuable reliable long interest plant

Cyclamen advice

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 22:00

Evening all


last year I bought 5 Miniature cyclamen. I lifted amd stored and 2 have survived and are filling their compost pots well. Question is, can I split them to multiple or am I just left with 2. Never really had cyclamen before. Any advice would be welcome please. 

Horse manure advice

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 21:51

I can get manure with shavings but was thinking about bringing some home when I poo pick the fields.so mix with spent compost for beans. How about tomatoes and tatties and courgettes.

Horse manure advice

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 23:31

I have access to lots of fresh manure from the stables, should I bag some and keep over winter to mix with spent compost for my French beans. 

what other veg could benefit from compost and horse manure?


will one winter in a bag be enough??

next years carrot

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 20:04

the perennials are fuschia, geyser, scabiosa, lythrum, coreopsis. Soon I will move the bread tray into my greenhouse, I'm just struggling for room as I keep planting!!! My dahlias I will lift after first frost then dry off and store in my conservatory till spring.

i love talking to real gardeners rather than just reading magazines!!!! 

next years carrot

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 19:14

It's addictive. I took cuttings about 8 weeks ago and they are all potted on into 9cm pots and in a bread tray to overwinter I hope. I have 40 lupin plants in the greenhouse potted on about 3 weeks ago. 


I have perennials just peaking thru the compost from seed. I also have 500 self collected pansy seeds and they are frantically growing to come out for winter interest.


except I have no idea what I'm going to do with my plants that I'm overwintering, replace losses maybe or put a stall at the end of the drive!? Never overwintered perennials in pots, so unsure if the foliage will die off or I should be trying to keep them going. 

next years carrot

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 18:45

Verdun your posts are always so intriguing. Are you a hobby gardener or is it a profession?

this year I saved some seed from a piccallo Tom but also bought 6 gardedead delight. Me being me I ended up with 6 delight and 6 piccallo filling my greenhouse. It was like a jungle so I kept taking out shoots and reducing leaves and they were forming brill trusses. But all green and not ripening. I moved the buckets out of my green plastic greenhouse and stood against the house wall and they were ripening within a week. 


My mum cursed me telling me that shouldn't be taking shoots and leaves off the g delights. Yet I got larger crops than her and the same on my piccallo vs the ones I gave her! So I still don't know if I was lucky or silly. It's was petersfield general purpose compost in a normal black bucket and I fed once a week after first fruit set.


shall I do that again next year or learn a different way to deal with tom's. I loved every minute of collecting the seed, splitting from pulp, drying, germination and then potting on 50 to keep and give away. Maybe I was lucky as again I could have easily collected duff seed!! 

next years carrot

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 23:16

Saying that my dad has routine and his carrots are dire this year and mine were fab. Sometimes stuff seems to just go right or wrong I am learning!!! Parsnips this year have not germinated well at all!!! Disappointing as I spent a little more on pelletted seed do I could space nicely at my farthers! 

anyone else have opinions on pelleteted seed???

Winter veg indoors and out!

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 23:13

Oh why does autumn come round so fast when I need to keep the veg bills down! I will miss my potterings after work!

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