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Salvia UFO

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 19:15

They grew so well in all the gardens I planted them in and all my ladies loved them. Best combination was with blood red hollyhocks. Looked stunning.

They will be winging their way back to you asap 

Bug Hotel & Hibernation Area Finished :)

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 19:08

One of the gardens I was working in had several sheets of white corrugated plastic  left in a corner. When I went to move them and lifted the top sheet way it was teaming with hibernating lacewings. Put it back and left it til the spring.

Whatever you leave in the garden will be a winter home for something. 

Shrub ID please

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 18:44

Possibly a Weigela. The leaves are more leathery than Philadelphus


Bug Hotel & Hibernation Area Finished :)

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 18:29

Hi Hefty

Looks great. Wish more people would do this.

Everyone has an area in their garden that they can tuck a little bug hotel away and the fact its all reclaimed material is even better! 

Salvia UFO

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 07:28

Hi Are you still after UFO seeds? If so can you message me your address again. Thanks 

Overwintering pelargoniums-how often to water?

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 08:37

Oops  Mustn't comment when half asleep lol.


Overwintering pelargoniums-how often to water?

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 21:09

9ft Verdun?!!!!! That must be some kind of record 

Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 01:20

Have found both the variegated and yellow forms much weaker growers and both prone to scorch in full sun.

If you want the scent but not the height and something a little different in the Philadelphia world I would go for Manteau D'hermine. which has beautiful double flowers or if that's perhaps a little too small then Belle Etoile with her splash of purple in the throat is another of my faves.

What are good quality tools for beginners

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 01:00

Hi Norton 

I garden for a living so put my garden tools through hell most of the time.

The tool I couldn't be without and I always spend the most on is secateurs. I can make do with rubbish hand forks and trowels. I can work with bent tines on my garden fork. I can dig gently with a cheap spade but I cannot prune with a crappy pair of secateurs! 

Up until now I too would have said Felco but this year I was bought a pair, as a gift and they are now my favourites.

They are fairly small which makes them so easy for us ladiees to use but so tough. Their shape is really comfortable too. I have had them since around July/August time and as yet have not had to tighten anything which I always seemed to be doing with my Felco's. Only drawback...the colour...why green?! I have lost them so many times already.

if you do decide to buy secateurs then this is the best stocking filler to give her yet not needed for secateurs but always using it... 

Bought mine at my local carparts shop for just £1.50 



Overwintering pelargoniums-how often to water?

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 00:11

I have a large pelargonium that I am overwintering too. Never got round to taking cuttings so its leggy,  woody and on a lean too!

I have it stood on a low table in front of a window a couple of feet away from the glass so it doesn't get chilly. I took off all damaged, furled, curled, blotched leaves and in the process made about 6 caterpillars homeless lol. So now I am left with an ugly, woody but very healthy looking plant. I can see if a leaf yellows or wilts and can act accordingly. I let the compost dry out completely between watering.If the leaves start to wilt I water until it starts to appear in the saucer. That's enough to keep it going through the winter. You are far more likely to kill it by watering too much than not enough. 

Hope that helps. Am itching to take cuttings but know if I do most will fail at this time of year. Must be better organised next year!

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