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Latest posts by artjak

New Family Home with Lovely Garden - worried beginner

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 14:54

Welcome Mark. If you can recognise dandelions then gently dig them up with a small trowel. Also, any brambles could be removed at this time, including as much root as you can. Be careful not to tread on the bare earth as it might have bulbs about to pop out.

Bringing back the Annual!

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 14:49

Nut, what time of year should I plant, should they be sown straight into the ground?

Gardening Clubs

Posted: 21/12/2013 at 16:44

How would I go about starting a Gardening Club? I think it would be a good idea in my area.

Bringing back the Annual!

Posted: 21/12/2013 at 16:40

I love Cerinthe, I tried from seed one year with no results; any tips Verdun?

winter solstice 2013 Saturday, December 21

Posted: 21/12/2013 at 16:35

I've got friends coming over later for a drink; I think I shall tell them that they have to dress as Druids with greenery around their heads to celebrate the return of the sun. I suppose that is why we bring green stuff like holly into the house at this time and also why we feast, it's all pre-Christian, from a time when there might have been a genuine fear that summer would not come. Of course, dealing with British weather, that could be a very sensible concern But I am not deterred, I shall be planting Aubergines and Peppers in late January. Starting them off in the house and then when germinated, out to the moderately warm greenhouse.

winter solstice 2013 Saturday, December 21

Posted: 20/12/2013 at 18:14

Mark, Apple picking at Sandringham sounds great. I was walking in Sandringham forest with my Jack Russell on Tuesday and found this stunning glade with my two favourite trees; Silver Birch and Scots Pine. There were huge views of the surrounding countryside, such a beautiful place.

winter solstice 2013 Saturday, December 21

Posted: 20/12/2013 at 11:01

Dove, I never did know how hellebore was spelt

Thank you Mark, but I'm basically a Londoner; I've only lived here for a few years! Did you do much gardening when you lived here?

winter solstice 2013 Saturday, December 21

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 20:50

Mark, any plant with 'heli' in the name ought to like sun as I think it may be Greek or Latin for sun. But I'm not sure about helibores?

Gardeners' World Live 2014

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 20:44

I have no idea where Gardener's World is held, but I have used airbnb, in London; you stay in people's homes and I really enjoyed it.

Merry Christmas

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 10:29

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a happy and peaceful 2014

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