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Posted: 16/02/2015 at 10:50

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June can be awkward, too early for bedding plants and spring flowers going over, but good for roses. But what about violas? I plant out plug plants in autumn, in the flower beds and pots around the house and they are still in full flower in June, feel sad at having to dig up the ones in pots to plant the summer bedding. Or you could grow them in pretty pots to put on tables as pot plants. A friend of mine did that and then gave them to the guests as presents afterwards on their way out.

 

Using plastic non heated propagators for flower seeds

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 10:43

That's what I do too.

New Build, New Garden

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 10:10

Betula Nigra, the river birch grows in wet soil http://www.deepdale-trees.co.uk/trees/2010/09-Betula-nigra.html  but I don't know what size tree you are thinking of.

Does size matter?

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 19:27

Sorry, I don't. But I live in France and the seed potatoes here are much smaller than the ones I've seen in England. I seem to get good crops though. In England they seem to be chicken egg size, here they are smaller than bantams eggs.

But I was interested to know so I had a look on Google. T & M say

Seed potatoes are normally about the size of a chicken’s egg, but will often vary in size. Don’t be concerned if you receive different sized seed potatoes - they will all grow equally well.

In fact, during the 2nd World War it was common practice to cut larger seed potatoes in half or even smaller divisions to make the seed potatoes go further. The cuts should be left to dry out for 3 or 4 days before planting

 

Newbie with a big garden

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 19:15

I would deal with it bit by bit, far les daunting than to look at a whole acre and think "I've got to tackle that"! But also it's good to get to know your new garden and what it's like in summer, there may be more that you like than you thought. Deal with brambles and bindweed as soon as they appear, if you have time, as they can take over if not dealt with.

ground cover help / suggestions

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 16:18

How rampant do you want it? Vinca (periwinkle), Pachysandra terminalis, Bergenia cordifolia Purpurea, Epimediums.

Curious bulbous thing

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 16:07

Definitely not a primula, not bulbs and that is a bulb. Looks as though it hasn't been planted yet, couldn't be a dropped daffodil could it?

Back garden privacy

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 16:01

DON'T grow Leylandii in a small garden, it can get huge and if you cut it back too far it doesn't regrow and stays brown. I agree with Swiss Sue that Thuja is a much better evergreen. Photinia Red Robin is a pretty, evergreen shrub. I like Dove's suggestion too about the trellis and the clematis, I have already suggested it to others. It wouldn't grow too wide into your garden. If you want a tree then crab apples are good for small gardens and you can get some quite narrow flowering cherries.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 15:50

Sunday lunch guests have all gone. I feel much better today. The children were lovely and lunch went very well.

My bedroom is primrose yellow and lilac with wisteria stencils, all painted by me! Yuk and Passé I hear you cry, but I like it. Sunny and cheerful. It was inspired by an old Changing Rooms programme. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 21:57

Back from curry evening. Food was nice but was really too tired to enjoy it. Chap sitting next to me smelt sweaty, OH was opposite.

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