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Sweat pea -disaster

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 22:56
Thanks all. Anyone know how to germinate sweetpeas so you can see the seed to see what's going on?? Wondering if my mums seed is all duff or if I did it wrong!!

Sweat pea -disaster

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 22:11
Have seen the gardeners works offer for free sweetpeas just pay postage! But think I only need a few for one of my arches!

Sweat pea -disaster

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 20:24
After 17 days of germinated no sweet peas were showing. So I decided to have a furtle and see what was to be had. Nothing is the answer!!! I went through the compost with a fine tooth comb (not literally!) and couldn't even find the seed. It was seed my mum had lurking in her seed box so no idea how old it was. Question for me now is do I buy more sweet peas or does anyone know of a sturdy climber that won't take up much root space and is an annual!

A project for you all to enjoy!!

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 23:59

One of my helebores

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 23:55
Not frustrated at all, just eager to learn! Wrists slapped for too many questions. Sorry!

A project for you all to enjoy!!

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 23:52
Lots to google tomorrow then. Half the time your limited to what is in the garden centre. Thankyou!!

A project for you all to enjoy!!

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 23:04
I'm in need if advice -again!!!! I'm stood needing my bread and thinking about how to design my bed at the front of the house. After standing today and watching the newly planted skimmia getting bashed with the cruel winds I know its going to be relocated tomorrow night after work. By the time I put my bread to prove I had about a list of 2 plants to use in the bed, and that is because they are plonked there awaiting a 'plan' So as my knowledge is v limited and all I have in my head is the perennials that I have planted in the back boarders. However I fear that alone they too would succumb to the wind. So I'm a tad lost and in need of key gardeners out there to throw some designs my way. It's sandy soil that I shipped in to replace the clay. It's right on the tip of my drive so in full sun and east facing. It catches the wind on bad days!! I fancy all year interest and neat compact bushy evergreens softened with lots of colour. The bed itself is triangular and 5ft by 6 ft by 4.5ft approx. At the moment I have a hebe red edge, an aquilegia and a skimmia and something that looks like cannabis but is definitely not!!! It's spikey leaves and then puts out green poddy sort of heads. Although mine hasn't flowered yet. Apparently it spreads and can get leggy. It was a clump from someone's garden so doesn't have to stay. So feel free to make suggestions and if you know rough prices for plants then let me know. See how many limbs I need to sell to get the entrance of the drive looking stunning!! Thanks in anticipation

Tomato plants wanted

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 22:46
I sowed some in pop bottles cut in half. Then cut the base in half again then take cap off abs stuff with cotton wool and fill with compost abs sow away. My self harvested tomatoes took 5 days to germinate, no time at all.

One of my helebores

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 22:03
I have winter moonbeam or moonshine and Niger. Can you give me my 5 point plan for how to care for them all year round. Can I not leave them be and they show foliage all year. But I bow to your knowledge and I would love to keep these stunning and not woody and leggy

One of my helebores

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 18:56
My dads looks really spikey leaved and leggy/woody. I fell in love with a purple one but it didn't have foliage, only a couple if leaves that died back. I'm after all year interest and the pinky hellebore that I git from b&q has variegated leaves, pretty!!

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