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Talkback: How to grow astrantias

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 13:30
Please try them, they are not divas, they self seed all over my garden. I have found Roma a very reliable one that increases in size each year.


Posted: 23/01/2015 at 15:48

Iam very allergic to even a very small amount of sap so please be careful with all Euphorbias.   Had to have all removed from my garden


Christmas of yesteryear

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 18:43

Oh how I remember the outside loo and the potty under the bed and the smelly pararfin heaters.  Once it was so cold my cousin's hot water bottle froze in his bed.  Although things were not so luxurious as today, we had such fun and it was lovely to see family members we had not seen for a while and play silly games that we could join in as children and not be sitting in the corner playing computer games etc.  I too would like to hibernate for the whole of winter, but once Christmas is over the nights start to get lighter and there is the promise of Spring !!  I was born in February, perhaps that is why I too dislike Winter !!   Hope all of you who suffer from Winter Blues are able to stay cheerful until the Spring.

Cane tops

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 20:45

I use the measuring pots from laundry detergent and any other small tops, if you feel inclined you can colour co-ordinate with your  Also buy tiny terracotta pots and birds from Garden Shows, will look for the owls mentioned above ... they sound good.  I too enjoy using empty snail shells and shells found at the beach.  But have bought little green caps from Garden Centre, as seem to need so many !!!

Talkback: Lily beetles

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 12:40

I don't grow lillies as I have cats and am afraid of them being made ill by the pollen but I do grow frittillaries and lily beetles affect them ..... both snakeshead early in the year and others later.   I have an iris that has been shredded and nibbled, even into the flowerhead,  and wonder if this could have been the lily beetle.   Although feel it may be muntjac deer as they will graze the leaves from geraniums and hellebores .... it is just one bearded iris although I have very many more bearded ones and different varieties around the garden that have not been touched.  I use the pick and squash method ...don't know how this is affecting my karma.

Growing veg with little space

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 10:39

Potatoes in bags are very successful for me, so easy to earth up and get lovely clean crops too.   Have even kept a bag in an unheated greenhouse to use at Christmas.  The 'used' compost goes on the veg beds and rest of garden.   Have also grown carrots in large pots, usually the small round carrots and they have come through the awful winter this year.   Grow runner and climbing beans in an old 'muck bucket' which had badly cracked with age.  If you choose varieties with interesting coloured flowers and maybe include a couple of sweet peas you get a very pretty display.   Salad leave do brilliantly, I suffer from flea beetles all over the garden and so cover pots of salad leaves so I have some to eat myself.

Bay trees

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 12:15

You're lucky to have bay trees, I keep loosing mine during the winter and now have to keep them in a pot and carry them into the greenhouse for protection when the weather gets cold.


Posted: 03/02/2013 at 13:09

All the above sounds so interesting, I would love to have a few chucks but my husband is against the idea.   So will have to be content with being jealous of my nextdoor neightbour, who lets me look after his when he is away. 

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