Busy-Lizzie


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Seeds are up

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 15:12
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I remembered this thread from last year and we are back to that exciting time again when seeds may be coming up.

Here are my newly born babies on the shelf that my OH made for me in the sitting room. Plenty more to sow, that's a start.

 

Seedaholicism

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 11:09

My OH and the dog mess it up, but OH is very good with the Hoover. Anyway, housework can be done when it's raining. It's rained a lot this winter though and my house isn't any cleaner!

Talkback: How to grow peas

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 10:47

I use cheap nylon mesh for peas that I can throw away afterwards, but perhaps not very "green". I hoe out a shallow trench about 6" wide and 2" deep and scatter the peas in about 2" apart, then cover them with the soil I hoed out. I find Kelvedon Wonder, which is a dwarf variety, is good, sweet and tasty, freezes well, also I like Hurst Green Shaft - but that is harder to find here in France.

What they call "wrinkled seeds" are usually sweeter that "smooth" ones, but smooth ones can be started earlier. The 2 above are wrinkled. I sow when weather has warmed a bit, end March, early April.

Rodendrum Help!

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 10:37

Usually Rhododendrons just get on with it, you can't stop the wind. It should have flower buds at the moment. After flowering you can very carefully pick of the dead flowers, but you mustn't damage the shoot. When I had a lot of big Rhododendrons in a previous house I never bothered and they were fine.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 10:34

Good morning all. Hugs to Bill and your wife.

Sunny, but clouds coming. Just had a look around garden, grass is growing, needs cutting, but ground is like a wet sponge.

OH has had 3 colds this winter that I haven't caught. I gargle with mouthwash and take extra vitamin C. Don't know if that will help, Dove, as you say you are chesty.

Think I'll go and sow some more seeds, perhaps nicotiana.

Photos of your ponds please

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 23:12

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 It doesn't have fish anymore, it has toads.

My pond is quite small, my son dug it before he went to University in the summer holidays, he is now 30. I don't seem to have a recent picture and it's messier and more overgrown now. This was 2007.

 

Clematis plants in containers

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 22:30

I think the containers shouldn't really be less than 15" deep, mine are about 18", but I'm afraid they cost over £40. When I grew one in a smaller pot it died after 2 years. So making one would probably be your best bet. Clematis are quite greedy feeders.

Sowing Poppy Seeds

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 22:11

Californian poppies (Eschscholzia) usually grow OK here, it's annual poppies that don't come up.

My First Rose-What Variety

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 22:04

Shrub roses that don't repeat need a very light prune, just to tidy up, and removal of dead wood. Shrub roses that repeat flower need a light prune, can shorten by up to a third and remove oldest and dead stems. HT roses need a hard prune.

What to put in cleared terrace border?

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 17:59

I've lost both Phormiums and Pittosporums in hard winters. Easy, evergreen and OK in shade for the 2 matching ones could be Euonymus. There are gold and green or white and green and they can be left loose or clipped as you like.

There are loads of perennials, rather depends on your taste. But how much sun does it get, a few hours a day or only one or two?

Plants that are OK in shade - Brunnera Jack Frost, Alchemilla Mollis, Autumn Anemones (there are some lovely new ones that are smaller and not as thuggish as some older ones), astilbes (if it's damp enough), heucheras, some of the hardy geraniums, campanulas (partial shade), epimediums, lamium, euphorbias.

Campanula muralis could tumble down the wall.

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