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Flower I.D. anyone??

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 16:04

This  alogyne is gorgeous isn' t it - I kept it outside in a pot one very warm summer, but doubedt it was keepable over the winter, and indeed it died, though was in a cool greenhouse - I expect it likes more heat and light than we can provide here.  It really is that colour, you'd make a fortune if you could produce a fabric just like that!

First time hanging baskets

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 16:01

Try getting a book or two from your library - we need to use these alot so they don't get closed anyway.  You can make as many notes as you like, and don't have to buy the book - unless you fall in love with it, when you can get it from a book shop!  

Hanging baskets are wonderful, but you need to remember them!  A day or two forgetting to water will end in early death - hard to think about that just now as it rains for the umpteenth day in a row!


Posted: 20/02/2014 at 15:55

Many of the more reputable (and thus probably more expensive but also decent quality) tunnel suppliers do sell replacement covers.  However, any decent tunnel should last more than 2 years - unless you live in a particularly windy place, or a stony one where getting a reasonably tight fit over the frame is a problem. 

Some of them sell  'patches' which go over the joints of the frame where the metal might get hot and stretch the cover and weaken it, and so on,  the better the tunnel manufacturer the more likely you are to get useful bits and replacements where needed.

Enjoy it, I'd love one, but have nowhere to put it - think the council might object if I put it on the pavement outside!!!!




Posted: 20/02/2014 at 15:48

Perhaps we shouldn't mention it - might give them ideas!!   I suspect much of it is just a computer programme anyway, written so that certain words generate certain adverts - after all, how many people do you know who buy a tablet of soap also buy a jumper and a candle from the same site?  This was one I had as an 'the people who bought this also bought……..' type of thing.

Spammers are very stupid, but sadly so are a very few people, and it upon these few that they prey. 

Saving a fuschia!

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 16:07

I also suspect the poor thing has been over potted - plants dislike going into a pot which is too big for it.  If you do see signs of life, and with green wood I think you will, give it a smaller pot, fresh compost, no too much water and wait - it will do fine I strongly suspect. 

What now for my indoor hyacinths?

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 15:47

Happy c-t, I have always found the white hyacinths less perfumed than the others, but thought maybe that was just me!  Glad to hear someone else thinks so too - blue ones are always very rich and deeply perfumed. 

Anyone name this bee magnet please?

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 10:10

Indeed not dull now, & later I grow clematis on mine - but probably if its wasn't such a wonderful early shrub for its flowers, nectar etc., I probably would overlook it regarding it's summer appearance. I've not had anyone nest in mine, but several birds do so in other parts of the garden, so I must not be greedy.  Maybe a bit near the feeders for happy nesting. 

Talkback: Growing hellebores

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 10:08

No garden passion is, everything is wonderful in its own right and time - wish I had more space for the collections I'd love to have, but as it is everything overgrows everything else - & more things will somehow get here and planted somewhere.  Do you think anyone would notice if thee  grassy area (can't call it a lawn under the trades description rules!), got a bit smaller?  Again!!!

What now for my indoor hyacinths?

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 10:05

Hear hear re the lovely surprise in a corner you had forgotten about!  Glad to hear someone voted for the pinks, though I still can't really like them -some of the very deep ones OK, but blue then white would get my vote.   

I brought in some winter flowering bush honeysuckle twigs as the hyacinths were about over, they perfume the whole house too - not silly strong but gorgeous.

Hmm, bought some more hyacinths in a pot which were looking lonely, never could resist a plant offer -they'll do fine ………….

Anyone name this bee magnet please?

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 19:58

Pick a couple of twigs for a small vase, they will perfume the house beautifully - makes the keeping of an otherwise rather dull shrub worth its space. 

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