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Any help on what this is?

Posted: Yesterday at 15:31
Could it be magnesium deficiency. I've had pelargoniums in pots for a couple of seasons and that's what they suffered from. I believe my problem was caused by constantly watering with tomato food which locks up other minerals. The solution is Epsom salts apparently.

Autumn nectar sources for bees and etc?

Posted: Yesterday at 15:27
I grow open flowered dahlias, my favourite is a dark leaved variety with bright pink flowers called Fascination, but there are many others.. They are an absolute bee butterfly magnet, flowering from mid summer to the frosts

primula candilabra

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 10:59
Victoria Sponge...I've sent you a message...

Anyone else get slightly "rare" bird visitors?

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 10:49
I live in a town in NE England. I posted in the winter that I'd spotted some goldfinches. I bought them a special feeder with Niger seed and they ignored it for months. However they seemed happy on the no mess sunflower seed feeder. Now they use both feeders so I don't feel I be waste of my money. Lots of tits chaffinches and robins blackbirds dunnocks etc. sadly no sparrows and just the odd starling...the real pests this year are wood pigeons, greedy devils.
My best spot was a lone bullfinch which I only saw once two or three weeks ago.

Dividing certain plants

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 16:41
Hi Blue Dragon, I can't help with pansy cuttings but maybe your spreading plant is Ajuga. It does have have the flowers you describe. It throws out runners which produce small plant lets on the end. If conditions are right they will root where the touch down. The plants like moist conditions. My plantlets root easily when detached if you want to propagate them to grow in another area.


Posted: 06/05/2015 at 12:14
I'm currently cursing the wind this week. I live in NE England and love to grow parrot type tulips in pots which stand on a lie wall. Normally a lovely bright show but mr wind came along and snapped nearly all their heads off....well there's always next year.

Plant ID's

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 12:09
I have Lady's Mantle, Alchemilla, in several spots in my garden. If you don't have masses of it it's easy to stop it self seeding. As the flowers start to go brownish reach down to the bottom of the stem and tug. The come away easily.
I also think the second plant is Honesty, Lunaria, easily weeded out as they don't have strong roots.
PS don't but the Alchemilla seeds heads in the compost bin but you knew that already didn't you.?

Can't prove anything

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 13:51
Ahh give yourself a break, you know yourself best and you're trying your best. It takes us all a while to meet and mix with new neighbours and by your own admission you have certain problems so it's more difficult for you. Just take your time with the garden, folk will see you are busy and trying hard. Experienced gardeners generally love advising new gardeners but they can also hold back incase they are seen as interfering. I'm sure they are not being judgemental so just be patient with yourself and enjoy the creative process that's called gardening.
All the very best.
This is a great forum on all levels.

Dahlia seedlings

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 13:48
I grew theses a few years ago..they are smashing plants and the bees etc love them.
Where are your plants, a house window sill? And how tall are they, have new stems appeared from the leaf joints after the first pinch. What size pots are they in.
It's probably more a case of them needing more light. I have a small greenhouse so I'm lucky, if you don't have one try popping the plants outdoors in a warm sheltered spot and bringing them back indoors on an evening.

seed collection

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 10:02
The simple answer is yes but what I looked at were too expensive for merely storing your own seeds. If you google seed envelopes you'll,get a list. There are also templates to down load.
I recycle envelopes I receive ..cut the corners off say two inches by two inches cello tape one open side closed. When ready write on seed type etc, fill and seal shot with more tape. Works for me.
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