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Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

Help me identify shoots please

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 18:38

Hello, these are young parsnip plants. Thin them out to about 6" apart. Just carefully, with your fingers, pull out the excess.

 Do the same with the little gem lettuces, you will find that if you pinch out a few together and look at them each one will have it's own roots a a few leaves.

Sorry, I've never grown turnips, don't like them much, and onions I grow from sets (baby onions that you plant). But I think the onions look a bit small to handle. I'd leave them a little longer.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 18:28

Evening all, been ironing and weeding this afternoon, depending on raining or not.

Loved Vicar of Dibley. Glad Dawn French has found a nice man to love.

Saint or sinner?.....don't like annuals

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 16:07

I thought that was rather poetic

Have i been growing a weed? pls help

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 12:49

Ash tree

 Jasmine, not to be confused with trachelospermum jasminoides (star jasmine).


Saint or sinner?.....don't like annuals

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 09:57

I didn't agree with the "burnt at the stake" bit, but that was a joke! In fact, only just noticed that bit!!

Saint or sinner?.....don't like annuals

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 09:54

But I am nice Verdun, at least I think so! Aren't all gardeners nice?


Posted: 16/05/2013 at 09:06

Gosh Verdun, you are such a perfectionist. It's a wonder you aren't a bag of nerves! Perhaps you are. I would love to see some more pics of your garden. I only remember you sending them once. It was beautiful. What's it like in Spring? 

Saint or sinner?.....don't like annuals

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 09:02

Hear, hear puncdoc. I so agree with you.

Saint or sinner?.....don't like annuals

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 09:00

Stirring up trouble Verdun? Shame on you!!

Saint or sinner?.....don't like annuals

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 08:48

I love the colour that annuals give to a garden. I have pots on the front and back terraces and certain annuals I use in the herbaceous borders as well. I have a big garden, over an acre, which I have built up to have a basic structure of perennials, but there are always a few gaps and annuals, such as rudbeckias, salvia farinacea, cosmos, nicotianas fill in the gaps and provide colour right up to the frosts.

Last year a couple of moles decided to set up home in a couple of my large borders and with the plants there I hadn't realised the amount of damage. This spring I've been digging out all the tunnels which had gone under perennials and killed some of them, so annuals are filling in the gaps. I'm afraid the moles were dealt with last autumn.

It takes time for perennials to get to a decent size as French GCs sell them so small so annuals are useful while building up stock. I also have a few shady areas and I like Busy-Lizzies and bedding begonias to brighten them up. Ferns, I hear you say, but they don't grow well here and I do have hostas, pulmonarias, epimediums etc but I like the colour too.

So, a bit of everything for me, but then I'm lucky to have the space.

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