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Salvia UFO

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 09:46

Thankyou thought they might be yours.

So me looking for UFO was pointless then lol. I have spread the to speak and they are now growing in most of my gardens so will happily return seed when I get some.

I do lurk here quite often just don't post much as don't have time to follow conversation. I am ridiculously busy...not complaining! 

I think the Polemonium I have grown came from you too? Took longer but looking good now x



Salvia UFO

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 00:39

Hi all

Last year someone sent me these seeds and I now have 30+ seedlings. Cannot find any info online about them. Is it because whoever sent them meant unidentified flowering object lol.

Please any info on hardiness, colour etc would be great!

Bringing back the Annual!

Posted: 21/12/2013 at 20:33

Nemophila a fave of mine along with Cerinthe and lets not forget the humble sweet pea. Really dislike anything "pompom" or double marigolds 

Mysterious happenings

Posted: 14/12/2013 at 13:01

The berries are poisonous to most but foxes and squirrels eat them. Could either of those be the culprit? 


Posted: 12/12/2013 at 16:20

Right caught up on everything I've missed over the last couple of months. Glad you are on the mend James now off to read your blog 

Compost Bins

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 15:34

I just chuck a piece of natural carpet on the top. Stops stuff blowing away, helps keep it hot and easy to leave off if you want some rain on the heap. Rots down eventually too so get another piece every 2/3 years.

Gardening for a living means I like things that are as quick and easy as possible lol.

When do I cut back my Hellebores?

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 15:05

I think its personal choice with most of them. Hellebores are pretty hardy but the flowers can be hit by frost. Personally I prefer leaves off but some customers want all left on and others like just the messy ones cut off. No hard and fast rules just do what you like the look of.

Plant support

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 15:01

Thanks for posting that James. Brilliant, cheap and easy to do. Up until now I have either used what my customers have or have used willow sticks, hazel or dogwood. All bendy enough but obviously not lasting more than a season.

Sorry no pics, no camera 

Compost Bins

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 14:51

Your compost bins are better sited out of the sun.

The compost heats up enough with the bacterial action going on and if in full sun temperatures can rise and fall quite dramatically which can slow down or kill off your lovely bacteria/worms etc. Best in semi or complete shade. Adding grass will speed things up if the heap gets too cold.

Personally I prefer working with the slatted bins (at least two of) Ease of access being the main reason and ease of filling too. I find the daleks ok for a few leaves, twigs, cut back stems etc. but when you have a large garden you are talking wheelbarrow loads of compostable stuff rather than the odd trug full and an open fronted or removeable fronted compost bin is far more practical.

Growing your own fruit and veg to donate to food banks

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 14:37

Hi Grace  I took apples, eaters and cookers, to the food bank this year and they took them. The problem with fresh food is just that it will go off if not distributed in time. That is the only reason our food bank won't take it. I just said if they couldn't give them away to make use of them themselves afterall they volunteer their services for free so should get a few perks from the job. Have a word with a local food bank and see what they say.

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