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Posted: 28/03/2013 at 21:12
Will give it a whirl then whilst I am on a week off. I have the following seeds I need/want to sow. Which shall I get in now, which shall I wait for....

Red dahlia-dwarf -going to try these
Normal dahlia (stolen from my farthers bishop of llandaff or something)
Home collected African marigold
Sweet pea
French bean
Sugar snap pea

I have more I fancied but these are the ones I want!!


Posted: 28/03/2013 at 20:48
That us a picture from about late August last year. As I say they were bound for the bin so I was quite chuffed with how they came through. I collected lots of the brown heads and an now waiting for some mythical signal to tell me when to plant some of the seeds I have waiting in the wings! I don't like the not knowing when to sow stuff and how. People keep telling me to hold off but books and Internet searches tell me they should be sown now. How does anyone know!!!!


Posted: 28/03/2013 at 18:44
Thankyou all and especially Figrat for the help yet again with the pictures. Picture2 are the ??1.50 babies. Believe it or not the green and yellow variegated is the one on the left in picture 1.

The green and white variegated in picture 1 was one plant but I split into those 2 pots you see and it ballooned. It's now 7 years old and I will split this again I think. Can't afford tubs so will have to be builders buckets as they are only ??1.

The red flower is def a Dahlia (hence my name!!) just some type of dwarf.


Posted: 28/03/2013 at 17:32
I just need some time in the garden when its warm enough for me to stomach doing it. My Hosta growing tips aren't even showing yet!


Posted: 28/03/2013 at 09:51
I may leave last years newly set ones then as the root was not even orange size and hit the 6 year old one. It filled my tubs last year and when I had divided it the roots were still about a Half a foot by just tad more. I really want a Hosta ally!!!


Posted: 28/03/2013 at 09:22
Oh so sorry. Last time I was helped out as I am on an iPhone and can't put the picture on. I seem to have trashed the Hosta thread! Oops!! Still wondering if I should split my hostas again. What do you think. The 6 year old I split in 2 last year, will it divide again!? How many do you divide into?


Posted: 27/03/2013 at 23:31


Posted: 27/03/2013 at 23:28
Thankyou. Have to say there have been some lovely responses and helpful people on here. Like minded I like to believe. I started gardening at hone last year and a lady I know in the next village invited me to look at her garden, she came to mine and she gave me so many things, including the red dahlia that she said... Are looking scrawny so if you don't take them I'm going to throw them. I cut all the dead out, watered and tried to care for them, they came back strong and were one if the highlights in the garden, especially as they were on death row. Another happy memory!!!! Will try and post a link to the pic. If you know what type of dahlias then pls tell me. They are corm less, just tiny seeds, I so so so hope they come, when indeed I sow them. Don't even know how!!!!


Posted: 27/03/2013 at 22:05
I agree and a few if the perennials we bought last year (spent a lot more than I should) were bought because I recognised then from growing up. Also bulbs and bits I pick up from days out or bargain finding trips and they stick in my mind. Like 50 gladioli bulbs for 50 p, they didn't flower last year but I'm hopeful for this year! My dad kept coming to see my garden last year and I know its tiny but we sat on the tiny decking looking out and he would tell me how much nicer it looked and I felt so proud.

I was given 5 dwarf red dahlias that stand only about 6-8 inches tall and they made such beautiful plants. Everyone mentioned them, I can't wait to sow the self collected seed (so hope I did it right) then I can give some away and make people smile too. X

Fencing for raised beds

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 18:51
Tempting as v beautiful but I know that bit would be my job to maintain and need to have a think. Saw some willow hurdles today. V v v cottagy but think I would need maybe 2.5-3ft deep

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