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Latest posts by Calendula

Suggestions for a bit of privacy...

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 14:49

But wouldn't anything planted there shade the garden behind it and so prevent you enjoying the evening sun? For me the warmth and sun would trump any need for privacy. A cheery "good evening!" should prevent the starers.

Gardens devoid of life

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 16:49

But flowers drop petals and require deadheading. Leaves need sweeping up. Trees need support and pruning. Real soil leads to <shudder> real weeds and real pests and diseases. We can't be doing with all that WORK in our outdoor rooms can we, when all we want to do is open the Bolly and show them off to our neighbours?

How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 17:25

Sorry if this has been mentioned before but I'm new to the site. Would it be possible to have a list of all the forum topics on each of the forum home pages? It's a bit irritating to have finished looking at, say, the fruit and veg forum but then have to go back up to the highest level and click again on 'forums' to go into, say, the garden design forum.

Or have i missed a link that allows me to go from forum to forum without going right back to the top?

Should I be hand pollinating my fruit trees?

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 17:17

I don't know about cherries but apples don't self-pollinate. In other words, you need pollen from one tree to fertilise the other, so it's good that both are flowering at the same time. I wouldn't worry - as soon as there is a hint of warmth the bees will appear. In my garden there were none apparent all last week and as soon as we had a few hours sunshine at the weekend there were loads around. Mind you, my OH has filled our garden with bee nests so they don't have far to go to find the pollen.

Broadcasting poppy seeds into the border

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 17:07

Yes - definitely works. After all, what happens when poppy seed heads dry out and burst? You are just replicating nature. The seedlings don't like being transplanted so sow where you want them to flower and pull up the ones you don't want.


Posted: 09/05/2012 at 12:57

Buy a packet of fresh watercress from the supermarket and stick it in a jug. After a few days it will have grown roots and you can pot it up/chuck it in the pond.

Can someone tell me what this is please

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 18:08

2nd is cotoneaster I think

Yellow Book Recommendations

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 13:20

Hi Yvieh

I'm in East Sussex. I enjoy the times where several gardens in one village open together so that you can enjoy (and compare) them in one visit. Winchelsea does this for one weekend of the year which I really do recommend (lovely town and good pub for lunch which is a bonus). In the past gardens in Mayfield and Brighton have also done it. In fact, why not combine garden visiting with the Open Art Houses in Brighton, where you get to nosey round houses/studios which are turned into art galleries for the duration of the festival (May) as well as their gardens? Some of them a truly beautiful - mostly very small but really imaginitively planted.

Quickest seeds to gerninate?

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 13:05

Rocket (if the temperature is right)

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 13:24

And me. It's all a bit....colourful...isn't it?

Discussions started by Calendula

Escallonia 'Apple Blossom' - few flowers

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ID please

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Mangetout seedlings: 'pinching' and dying

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Help needed: robust rain protection

Can anyone recommend a good folding umbrella? 
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