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New flowers to recommend

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 12:47

Wow! Thanks Liliylouise. Lovely pictures!

Other ideas from everyone welcome, and although pictures are nice please don't think you have to send them. Just the names of the flowers and reasons why you like them would be fine.

New flowers to recommend

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 12:12

I must try 'Prairie Sun', Gracie. How great having something you've grown from seed still flowering well into October.

The compact Buzz varieties of buddleia are bought as plants (not seed), and these compact plants are perfect for small gardens, or even patio pots. You'll find 'Buzz' varieties in Red, Sky Blue, Magenta and Ivory, and I think I recall hearing that new colours are coming along in future, too. 

New flowers to recommend

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 10:06

Thanks Gary, and great to see your pictures too. I'd love to hear from everyone about the varieties they've grown, especially new flowers from seed. 

I'm a great fan of Cosmos, and have always enjoyed 'Seashells'. I've had the pleasure of growing a new colour in this series this year called Cosmos 'Seashells Red'. Each petal develops as a complete trumpet, forming a ring of these round teh central golden eye. It's new into the seed catalogues to sow and grow in 2013, and I'd thoroughly recommend it.

What's everyone else been growing?

New flowers to recommend

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 23:08

New flower varieties are introduced every year, and we feature many exciting ones in Gardeners' World Magazine. I've been trialling some new ones ahead of their launch for 2013, including a striking free-branching dwarf sunflower called 'Solar Flash'. It's easy to grow, and great in a patio pot. But what about those you've grown this year?

Have you grown any new varieties from seed this year? How did they perform? Would you grow them again?

Whether your favourites were sweet peas, hardy annuals in pots or something to attract bees, let me know which flower seeds you'd recommend to other gardeners.

 

 

 

Talkback: Where have all the hedgehogs gone?

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 22:50

Now you've got me thinking, Flyer. The thrush is one of my favourite birds, and I'm trying to remember when I last saw one. Not for several months, I don't think – but they are quite elusive. It's usually the empty snail shells I discover on the path that remind me that they are around.

Talkback: Where have all the hedgehogs gone?

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 21:57

Thanks for all your comments.

Now BikerBabe, how do we encourage the wood pigeons to eat the slugs?

 

Talkback: Where have all the hedgehogs gone?

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 21:31
How sad, Supernoodle. I wonder what had happened to it?

And great to hear you have a content family of hedgehogs in your garden, Dovefromabove (I wonder where that name came from). Count yourself incredibly lucky that you've had no bother from slugs this year. My garden is breeding giant mutants!

Talkback: Where have all the hedgehogs gone?

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 20:44
Oh yes, foxes. They're cunning creatures, and have infiltrated most areas I think. I haven't spotted them in my garden, but my neighbour has had their chickens slaughtered twice now. Senseless killings – more for play than food.

But there must be some hedgehogs around, surely?

Talkback: Where are the ladybirds?

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 10:46
Thanks for the comments. I'm in the East Midlands too, Bookertoo, in Peterborough. It sounds as if those early ladybirds could well have been ones that overwintered in your garden, and some have stayed around.

Perhaps the lesson here is NOT to tody-up and cut things back in the autumn, but leave dense cover for ladybirds (and other creatures) to hibernate in.

It stands to reason that if your garden is a 'desert', and devoid of food (pests) then you won't have much friendly wildlife around either.

But my garden isn't a desert, and I DO have plenty of pests!

Talkback: Glow-worms

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 21:55
Now that's one creature I've never had the pleasure of discovering. How exciting. I've stood for many an hour in the past looking upwards in the hope of seeing a shooting star around this time – I think the peak was meant to have been last weekend.

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New flowers to recommend

Can you recommend a new variety of flowering plant to others? 
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Talkback: Feeding garden birds

Good advice, Kate. And it's not just bird feeders that must be kept clean, but bird baths too. Possibly it's even more important to keep bir... 
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