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Posted: 05/11/2013 at 18:57

Dove, hopefully this picture says a thousand words:


Camera Corner

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 18:44

Taken a while ago on my old Fuji 4700 pointNshoot but still one of my favourite pix:

 The simple but complex cornflower.

Sweet Potatoes

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 21:33

Hi Madeleine, they are unrelated to ordinary potatoes so no problem in growing them where you grew spuds this year.  Funnily enough they are the same family as Morning Glory (Ipomoea.)

large/gigantic flower pots

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 13:45

Them's "proper" pots, Dove, at very "proper" prices!

BTW, I always say "spend as much on the hole as on the plant going in it" but I don't know where to buy plants that expensive!  Hmm, maybe one of those diamond encrusted gold trees which grow in Fairyland?!


Posted: 03/11/2013 at 13:43

Well, that's the daffs in - 'twas a lot quicker than I expected!   Quick cuppa and will start ripping out the old timber front of the long raised border, before it gets dark..

large/gigantic flower pots

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 13:37

I looked at some 'reconstituted stone' pots a while back FG - you are right, £70 to £seriousamountofdosh!

...and todays identity crisis is...!!!

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 13:31

Malus suavitas, probably..  Good luck in finding one, Verd!  It would look great between your marzipan bush and the liqueur fountain!

Garden insect egg?

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 12:20

Those look like slug or snail eggs, marodj..

Edit: I meant to add that now you have uncovered them the birds will probably eat them.  If not, I would dispose of them, personally.


Posted: 03/11/2013 at 11:47

I've not bought any fireworks for years Dove but I think I'll buy a box and let them off on Tuesday night for you (well, now I have an excuse!...)   Can't wait for my own retirement but it's a few years away yet, unfortunately.  

The sun has come out so off to plant 300 mini daffs (half of my bulb order finally arrived!)

Growing agapanthus from seed

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 11:35

Hi Anthony, while many agapanthus are hardy when established I would worry about seedlings being frozen so would keep them in a coldframe etc.  If they have not germinated yet they need to be kept indoors until spring which is the time I would normally sow them.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39


Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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Last Post: 10/12/2013 at 12:21

Front garden revamp - before and after photos

Redsigning weedy crazy paving 
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Last Post: 21/10/2013 at 20:16
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