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What's in your potting shed?

Posted: Yesterday at 12:08

Well you have certainly inspired me, Daryl. I'm going to have a good sort out of my shed and get organised.   

What's in your potting shed?

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 20:32

What a lovely shed Daryl2, so neat and tidy. I love how you have hung the bean poles from the ceiling, what a cracking idea. 
I have finally claimed back my shed, OH was using it as a computer lab up until recently. I have a huge work bench that houses all my camping equipment and tools hanging on the wall, and net curtains up at the windows, the outside looks nice, as its painted like a little like a beach hut. I would like it to be a proper potting shed where I could actual pot things up, but need would need to find a home for the camping stuff. I'm rather jealous of Monty's shed and the big box of his own mix of compost for seedlings and cuttings. I have to do it all on the kitchen table. Have to be a tad careful there as vermiculite could pass for muesli 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 12:47

Obelixx your cakes sound spectacular. Perhaps I could filch a recipe or two from you? I have 3 boys with a healthy adoration of cake.

Its was a stunning day yesterday, warm with the promise of Sping in the air. I spent an hour looking at weeds trying to decide whether they were indeed weeds or not.  

Then had a good tidy round, washed up pots, dug up 3 lavender bushes they were far too woody, and just generally enjoyed being out in the garden again, and so excited about the coming year in the garden, that I was ready to pop.

Mind you today its mizzly drizzly, but OH talked me into going to our local nursery to buy two new pots (clever girl, that I am).   

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 21:55

Wintersong,, I've not heard of Liatris before, so I've just googled. Oh my goodness I want some!!   

Obliexx, what lucky students! 

Sorry Lizzie, I haven't a clue about witch hazel, but there's sure to be someone who does. 


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 14:40

I've had a good day today, managed to get the rudbeckia lifted, divided and moved into new home. Transplanted a sedum, 3 primula, a tea rose, and michaelmas daisies. As well as plant the honeysuckle I had layered last autumn and had taken rather nicely, so it can climb up the lilac tree. The only trauma was digging up asiatic lilies by mistake.  
And I hit concrete about 18 inches down in the spot that I was originally going to put the rudbeckia. Arrgh! I spend 15 minutes sweating (and yes there may have been swearing too) in trying to dig that beast up, but gave up in the end as I realised it belongs to a fence post. *blushes*  
So moved the crocosmia and planted the rudbeckia there. Mulched the acidic loving plants with an ericaceous compost, and mulched the biennials too. And finished digging in some organic matter and a little blood, bone and fish into the back border.

All in all a good morning's work.  

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 19:57

How lovely, don't forget to share some piccies please Ali.  


So many frosts

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 17:41

As KT said its been a mild winter in Gloucestershire, where I am we haven't even had snow this year, and what snow we did have the hills east and west of us took the brunt of it. Generally not too many frosts, and only a couple of lasting all day when temps were not getting much above -2.  
But the wind! my goodness its been bitter, enough to freeze the bone marrow.
But all in all not too bad and with the superb autumn we had, one cannot complain.   

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 13:09

Yviestevie, I think I may join you for the visit to the garden centre. I did manage to prep the soil that I wanted to, but once my fingers lost all feeling I decided to come in. I'm brave, but not a flipping martyr. 


Spring Bulbs

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 12:22

Good spot Dove. I was surprised to read daffs AND tulips had finished flowering.   


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 12:03

It was a promising start to morning and so I thought I had all the time in the world, of course rain has stopped play. But my cause is a worthy one, I'm going to don the waterproofs and face rain and tide.



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Discussions started by Caral

Hardy Annuals

Favourites for autumn direct sowing.  
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When is the best time to plant out the varying bulbs?

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Two plants that I need IDing.

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What's plant to use that is similar to perfoliate alexanders?

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Received 48 perennial plugs, but what do I do next?

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Lupins, can I move them now?

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How do you take cuttings from plants?

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Can I grow a Clematis alongside a Virginia Creeper?

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Pumpkin Magic

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Duh! I bought the wrong Clematis for a container to train up a pergola.

What would best climber for a pot?  
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Help! What can I do? My crocosmias have been traumatised!

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Best way to prune this flowering shrub?

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ID of this perennial

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Peas have gone Pete Tong!

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Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

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