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Seed swap

Posted: 12/12/2012 at 19:48
Gardengirl.. wrote (see)

Hello blairs

what sort of seeds do you want to swap for? 

None - am happy just to share (they would just be wasted otherwise TBH)

Seed swap

Posted: 12/12/2012 at 16:22

Am happy to give away spare seeds if anyone wants them:

Laitris - purple but they take a few years to flower

Allium - Purple globemaster - again they take a few years to flower

Lupin - white and purple perennials - should flower late next year

Eryngium - tall silver thistle like with purple flowers

Echinacea - purple, these seed well and flower in one year

Blue Festuca grass - not tried to grow from seed but they should grow true.

Hedge or border

Posted: 12/12/2012 at 16:09

Actually Rosemary is a good idea. it also roots readily in water within 2 weeks. I use it as a border in my back garden (south facing). It also roots in the spring and summer when put stright into the ground as flowering rose has said.

Hedge or border

Posted: 12/12/2012 at 10:58


I have a very similar front garden and also put Buxus around it to make a low hedge. Works very well if slow growing. When it grows, the curve of solid Buxus looks great. It grows faster in full sun and slower with more shade. I would not avoid using Buxus just in case it might get blight! We do not stop growing tatties in case of blight. It is however not a wildlife hedge plant...rarely see anything on it.

Berberis is a valid choise, it is very spiky and can get out of hand after a few years but is evergreen and cuts well. Photonia Red Robin get large - like 3 metres, and looks untidy, so not front garden material, so is not appropriate.

I would go for Buxus and some bedding as you wanted, you can plant them now if the ground is not frozen or waterlogged. It does not look like an area to get waterlogged.

Clearing snow...

Posted: 10/12/2012 at 14:35

Hi zoomer,

To echo everyone else, if you want to clear the snow then it is appreciated by everyone. You will not be taken to court or sued for clearing snow and you are helping yourself, family, neighbours and the postmen. The tripe in the news a few years back is just scaremongering. No prosecutor will allow a lawsuit for you clearing snow. If you made ice deliberately by pouring on water to make ice then yes, but just clearing snow, then no.

s it possible to to exchange seeds between Dutch, English and Scottish gardener

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 20:32

Within the EU you can send seeds with no problems. If personally taken you can take plants - I have taken plants back from hols no problem.

I have also taken seeds back from Africa and the US to the UK and no one cares. Some states in the US do control what you bring in.

So to answer the question, there is no issue in sending seeds/bulbs etc from Nederlands to the UK/Schottland.

christmas tree

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 20:27

I always used to think LOL meant lots of love and not laughing out loud.

underground slugs

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 08:12

Agree with Dove, we need to knoe more about these 'slugs'

Is my newly planted Quercus Ilex dying?

Posted: 06/12/2012 at 14:39

@Marc Assis - Quercus ilex /Holm Oak do well in moist soil. They are tolerant of drought when the root system is developed (2 years after planting). So my suggestion is to keep them well watered for the first few years.


All I want for Christmas is...

Posted: 05/12/2012 at 11:31

Warmer weather and for it not to rain so much
Summer house (to sit out in summer and for my tropical plants in winter)
Some tall Bamboo
Everyone to have a happy Christmas

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