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Talkback: Wintery weather

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 15:30

Same here....I'm in the East Midlands. Today it's perishing cold and we've had a few snow flurries altho nothing has settled. I went out to the GH and brought lots of the seedlings back into the conservatory where it is warmer.  I have decided to just observe how the seedlings/plants are behaving and react accordingly One thing tho...they're not particularly leggy and the leaves that are there are they're getting enough light, it's just the temperature that's a problem. On Tuesday and Wednesday it was lovely with bright sunshine...out of the wind it was positively it's back to winter again...

front garden design

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 21:17

Will it be dry shade bramblelover?


Maybe a narrow brick path leading up to the front door and a little bed with one or two ferns, a foxglove or three poking up between them and maybe alechemila mollis ? lovely foliage. Snowdrops will grow in dry shade too. Don't forget to improve the soil before you plant, if hasn't been cultivated it could need organic material digging in...there is loads of unformation online...ask specific questions and you should get the answers you need. Good luck

Purples in my garden but what colour for you?

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 22:12

I go more for the 'explosion in a paint factory' palette me....although I suppose that it's all the different greens that hold everything together and prevent it all looking like a complete disaster....


Posted: 30/03/2013 at 17:08

Mine are usually in by now too, but are still in the conservatory chitting. If the weather doesn't start to warm up soon they'll just have to go in anyway. I'll just have to grow them in containers...I have an old water tank and some 14" pots. I'm growing Marfona and Lady Chrystl.

Penstemon seedlings

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 17:00

I'm trying them this year for the first time (electric blue and pina colada pink) Mine were sown in a heated propagator but as soon as  they started to germinate I took the pots into the (unheated) GH. They're still tiny but seem fine. I put a plastic propagator lid over them at night...and the GH still has bubble wrap up which probably prevents too much light getting through.

Little Jim Hosta

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 16:54

Are you going to any of the RHS shows this year? there are usually a few hosta specialist nurseries exhibiting there. Most shows will have a list of exhibitors online prior to the event, then you could ring them and ask them to bring and reserve one for you. Other than that you might get in touch with a local nursery/GC and ask if they could get one for you?

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 16:50




I always enjoy the programe....OK Carol can get a bit gushy but she knows her stuff and is a jolly good egg as far as I'm concerned. I look forward to GW and invariably enjoy it.

Which Delphinium seeds?

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 16:32

I haven't the room for great big delphiniums but I usually grow a dwarf variety  delphinium chinensis blue butterfly (as an annual) from seed. It flowers the first year and does best in pots.

trying a new one this year naudicaule red fox


both are quite small, supposed to be perennial but I've not managed to get the blue one through winter yet,,,they look great in pots.

Why I never buy online

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 09:18

Like others on here I don't really have a choice. I do not drive. We have a family car but my OH loathes GCs (well shopping at all really....supermarket shopping is about his limit tbh) and will chose routes that avoid GCs...sounds worse than he is achully he's generally a sweetie and has done a lot of structural work for me in the garden. He's taken me before but he's so impatient it's not worth it...

I go to GCs with family members sometimes, but obviously as I'm being taken I am not at liberty to request particular sisters in particular choose GCs on the basis of the standard of their restaurants. Most of these tend to be humungous 'lifestyle centres' where plants and gardening products form a tiny percentage of the merchandise. I know that these places have to attract as many people as possible to compete in the marketplace, but that is scant comfort when one is looking for a particular plant.

These huge GCs seem to offer a pretty limited number of (often poorly cared for) plants. Occasionally I will purchase something that I know that I can't grow from seed, but on the whole I prefer to wait until I can get along to garden shows in the spring and summer. A local company puts on a coach and it means that I have access to many specialist nurseries in one place, I can usually see what the plants are going to look like (in theory) often the growers are around to chat to and generally the prices are not bad.

Seeds I do buy online, and I have had excellent service from companies like Nicky's Nurseries, Chiltern Seeds, D T Browns and Nuts n'Cones amongst others. Quality Control has been excellent and on the rare occasion that I've encountered problems the customer service has been prompt and effective.


Trillium seedlings

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 17:01

I have tried and failed to germinate trillium seed over the past 10 years....altho' I've succeeded with other seeds that are supposed to be difficult/slow to germinate...well done tuppence3....


They're not too wet are they? are they in a cold frame?


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