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Viola seeds

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 15:07

Thanks soulboy - I went ahead and sowed them around mid July & had a very successful germination rate.

They are flowering away, not just in the window box but in a couple of tubs as well. When I look at the price of plants in the garden centres, they have proved to be great value for money, and I'll definitely grow them from seed again .

Getting the perfect lawn [pictures]

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 15:51

It's looking good C.J. , my husband would be jealous!


Bit Disappointed By Gardeners' World Live This Year

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 17:52

That's a good idea boatingbelle!

Generally speaking, gardeners are a pleasant bunch and are pretty easy going, but I could imagine "trolleyrage" breaking out at any minute!!.

Bit Disappointed By Gardeners' World Live This Year

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 10:45

We also went to the show yesterday - it was very warm & pretty crowded, so the discount ticket offers must be working. (Ours were discount tickets).

My "complaint" involves the number of people with plant trollies, that they pulled around behind them. You need your wits about you! I spent a lot of time looking at the floor in front of me, to make sure there isn't one of the pesky things ready to send me flying.The other thing is that when people stop to look at the exhibits, the trollies are taking up so much room that no-one else can get anywhere near. I know they are more convenient than having a load of carrier bags, but I can see an accident one of these days (if one hasn't happened already!). and then

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 09:40

Very interesting comments on the coverage. The repetition drives me insane !!

What put the tin lid on it for me was the historian ( I think) Tom Dyckhoff, who when asked if he was a gardener, replied "No". So what was the point? Why not ask members of the public (like us!), their opinions after a day at the show ?

Nicky Chapman going round in the morning when the medals are given out asking insightful questions  such as "How do you feel ?" when a gold medal has just been awarded.

Sorry for the rant, but I feel better now

Getting the perfect lawn [pictures]

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 12:21

Well, it keeps him out of mischief !

Getting the perfect lawn [pictures]

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 11:01

I have shown this to my husband ( who is very keen on his lawn!) and asked him what he thinks.

Assuming you are not growing a lawn for the children/grandchildren to play on, 2.5 inches is a little long. He would keep watering say twice a week (assuming you have no rain), to try & dissipate the lawn food. He has noticed that on the lawn feed packets they often refer to a handful as being 35g ( I think I have this right) but unless you have really small hands it is often much more than that, so he has pinched my old kitchen scales and uses them to measure feed to get an accurate measurement - told you he was keen.

The problem with the type of spreader that you have to put the Evergreen on ,is that when you get to the end & turn around, you get an excess of feed in that area, which causes the scorching.

He measures the area using canes and broadcasts by hand (using gloves of course).  

Hope this is of some help.

Who`s a reliable mail order plant supplier

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 09:35

I bought some geraniums (as opposed to pelargoniums) and other things, from   Plants for small gardens. They were healthy and very well packed, and the communication from the nursery re: delivery etc was excellent.

Viola seeds

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 09:30

I bought 3 packets of viola seeds from last year's Gardeners' World Live, Viola sorbet "Denim" & "Coconut Swirl" & viola teardrops "Pink Blush".

I'd like to sow them to (hopefully) have flowers in a window box next spring. Could anyone advise the best time to do this please? I have a cold frame & greenhouse, but I think the greenhouse would be too hot at this time of year. All advice gratefully received. 

Eupatorium it invasive in your garden?

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 17:59

I've got 4 of these around my garden & have never found them thuggish, although that might be something to do with the "pan" 18 inches down (thanks, builders!).Must admit it's one of my favourite plants.

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