Auntie E

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Plant identification please

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 14:44

Obelixx - thanks, shall keep an eye on it!!

Plant identification please

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 14:35

Many thanks Alan Clark2 and DimWit (surely not!).  I have once again Googled my plant and am sure it isn't Carex Variegata.  As for Gardener's Garters, it is very like the images I have looked at on the net, but it is this trailing habit that foxes me, However, for the time being it will be Gardener's Garters.  Thanks again, much appreciated.

Plant identification please

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 23:07

  Can someone please tell me the name of this plant?  I grow it as a houseplant and want to know if it can be grown in the garden.  Hope you can see from the pic

that it grows in sections and when it is in full flood it trails and looks very graceful.  It is also very easy to take cuttings.  Any ideas?  Had difficulty in getting the photos on, but hope you can see ok.  Thanks.

What does cvs mean?

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 11:36

Many thanks for all replies.  The book in question is Joy Larkom's "Grow your Own Vegetables" and I can now see what she means.  There is a list of definitions in the front, but all is lists is a - annual etc.  So, now I know, should have known this, hey ho.

What does cvs mean?

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 15:39

I keep coming across this abbreviation in gardening books and can't find out what it means.  Even Google didn't help.  Can someone please put me out of my misery!

That's Monty done till March!

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 15:15

I have read somewhere that Monty Don will be taking over Chelsea coverage from Alan Tichmarsh  next year, and that Alan has declined to take a smaller part in the coverage.  Is this true, does any one know.  I would miss Alan's knowledge and presenting skills.

P.S.  I am in the Nigel fan club!  Could offer a couple of knobbly toads to the pet show.


Posted: 17/10/2013 at 20:08

Thank you so much for your advice, especially the reminder that each divided piece must have a stem. I wouldn't have done that!    I will leave them alone until spring and then tackle the division! 


Posted: 12/10/2013 at 02:22

Need advice please. I have a row of dahlias which was planted 5 years ago.  Here in the Westcountry, it isn't necessary to dig them up every autumn, so I cut them back in the winter and give a good mulch.  But, they are now overcrowded and need to be thinned out.  When is the best time to do this, now or next spring? 

Wildlife gardening...hopes for the future

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 10:36

Well, I have been a wildlife gardener all my life (74).  An elderly neighbour visited me and said jokingly that he thought the gardener who managed my vegetable plot was ok (a few straight lines)  but that I should get rid of the gardener who managed the flower bed!  they were too untidy, and I had nettles! shock horror.  I explained to him that my garden is a cottage/wildlife garden and that I encouraged wildlife to visit and stay with me i.e. my army of frogs and toads who keep the snails and slugs down, the birds who feed on the greenfly.  Also the lovely silvery slow worms who live in my compost bins. This gentleman had been in his time a gardener on a huge estate and had had to garden by strict rules.  He eventually came to appreciate my garden and visited often and even brought me seeds from his  garden for me to grow, hence I now have a beautiful patch of Angels Fishing Rods. I couldn't think of any other way to garden, so try to spread the word. 

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 23:03

Lots of ideas from this thread for next year.  Here in the westcountry we have had a bumper year, even though we had a cold spring.  Highlights:  runner beans Moonlight.  Tried the new Jackpot dwarf runner beans. Very early, good flavour, have collected seeds for next year, but will give more support.

Beetroots Cylindra and Red Ace, very prolific, and tasty, just cooked the last ones.

Leeks Elefant and Porbella which were free from D.B. Brown, very good.

Courgettes best ever, Cavili, Napoli and Soleil, but will try Parador next year as suggested on here.  I make loads of soup with my courgettes for the freezer for winter lunches. 

I grow purple sprouting broccoli amongst my courgette plants in the vain hope that the cabbage whites will miss them, but they eventually found them. They are now recovering, so all is well. Winter cabbages however, were well and truly damaged, am hoping they will come good. Tried the new Black Kale and liked it, its not as tough as Nero.

Chard, always in the garden, great stand by. I grow Fordhook Giant and the rainbow collection, grow in good fertile ground.

Broad bean Monica, will grow again, have loads in the freezer.

Tomatoes best ever in the garden for Sungold, and Black Krim. No blight this year. In the greenhouse tried Delicious, and they were really were delicious but not very prolific.

Where would I be without my trusty Burpless Tasty Green cucumber.  I grow them up a south facing wall, in plenty of compost and well watered.  Picked the last one today for lunch.

Next year I will grow more flowers for the bees and butterflies, they were very much in evidence this year so don't want to disappoint next year. They loved the marjoram and verbena bonariensis, buddleigh, scabious etc.

Wont Grow Again:  This is the last year I grow carrots, they just don't suit my garden, even though I have a fleece cover, the root flies still get in.  Same goes for parsnips. 
This leaves more room next year for extra broad beans and leeks.

No more onions, as have been inflicted with rot, or potatoes either, although I had a few Lady Balfour left over from the supermarket which had sprouted, so planted them in a small row.  I recently thought I should dig them up to see if they had produced much, and lo and behold I have a wonderful crop of large sound potatoes!  So perhaps do the same next year, although I know you are not suppoed to do this!



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