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What new plants for next year?

Posted: 31/10/2012 at 16:42

For kniphofia check out the terranova nurseries website they have a lot of different ones, i have one of their pinapple variants which is very bright yellow. You might be able to source them locally even though they are from US. Our local garden centre has lots of their plants in.

Suitable hedge

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 21:18

How about a cotoneaster? Flowers and berries for the birds? I planted a cotoneaster hedge this year with cell plants as i wanted something with year round interest and wildlife friendly.

greenhouse vs coldframe

Posted: 11/09/2012 at 10:58

I want a green house, but i want to do it right so i'm saving up for a decent one with toughened glass. But i wanted something for this year to overwinter my very small perenial plugs from the readers offers, and also start off my veg earlier in the spring next year. 

So i bought a couple of coldframes from, have to say they were on special off for 14.99 and they were an absolute bargain.. looking now they are still half price at £19.99. For the money they were excellent. They might not last for a decade but for the next year or two until i can get my greenhouse they will do a stirling job.

Talkback: Goldfinches

Posted: 06/09/2012 at 16:57

It's amazing how much difference the type of food makes to the visitors you get.. i always wonder how on earth the birds find their way to your food.

When we moved out into the country the first thing i did was get a feeding station up and running, baring in mind the garden was a 20 m2 piece of grass with not a single plant in it, so no shelter, i wasn't expecting too much at first.. Boy was i wrong,  I put up mixed seed and peanuts, as well as some fat balls, first to arrive were obviously the blue tits, great tits, sparrows and starlings. Then came the green finches and some yellow hammers eating the scraps off the ground. Then a woodpecker appeared, and a pied wagtail started to visit along with chaffinches. Interestingly no gold finches.

So last week i got a nijer feeder and stuck it up, and litterally withing an hour gold finches started to appear, now i have them forming lines to visit.. Next i'm hopeing for a siskin!

Gardeners' Question Time

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 14:13

I'm new to GQT, but i was thrilled to find out it's available on BBC Iplayer, they go right back to july 2009... Think i've caught up on the last 12 months so far...




Creating a Hedgerow

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 13:23

In the spring i planted about 20m of native mixed hedgerow in one corner of our field to make a windbreak for the horses (eventually). I got mine from the hedge nursery also, and becasue it was too late for bare root, i went for cell grown plants. Although small when they arrived they all took well (i used root grow too). On top of their standard mix of hawthorn, blackthorn, field mapel, and dog rose, i also added some cherry plums. 

White Beetroot

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 14:52

I got two white ones at the weekend from my boltardy sowing.. boiled them up and if you closed your eyes you could not tell the difference. Got my seed from T&M maybe the batch got contaminated with white ones.. could tell it was not going to be purple though as the leaves had no red veins either.

perrenial foxgloves?

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 12:17

The T&M one that won best new plant at chelsea is the one christopher2 is thinking about. (Illumination pink). It's supposed to be a true hardy perenial and is sterile so won't self seed, i won one and it's flowered right through the summer and is still in flower now (i just keep dead heading it). 

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