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Posted: 18/02/2014 at 07:39

Morning Clari,Stacey,Dove - my its crowded here this morning!  Must be that dawn chorus creeping just a bit earlier every day.

dentist yesterday, but passed a flower stall selling native primroses (farmed, of course!) at £1 a pot - so bought a handful to go under a couple of new trees that went in last autumn, and are looking particularly bare at their trunks.  Tree order arrived - not unpacked yet, so have not worked out what is in the 20ft parcel (assuming it is a cane - or a very tall cherry tree)

day out in London today with my girls, my sister and nieces.  Going to the tower to see the crown jewels, and possibly some ravens ......

Talkback: Growing hellebores

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 22:06

Don't worry Red - hellebore flowers withstand a good frost.  They may look a bit droopy first thing, but by midday they will be nodding away like nothing has happened.  Bit like daffodils

What now for my indoor hyacinths?

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 20:06

My vote goes with the blue - grew them for the first time this year, but will do it again - luckily no wheezing here. Will plant mine out next weekend, and buy some tete a tetes to fill the container !

 Just to demonstrate Nuts point about the collapsing spikes - they had to be rescued with kebab sticks


Posted: 17/02/2014 at 19:55

Love "touch of class" verdun - don't know the others.  


Posted: 17/02/2014 at 07:42

Morning all - half term this week, so the usual schedule goes to pot.  working today, but dentist at lunchtime.  Day off tomorrow - day out planned. Then work for rest of week - but OH at home, taking delivery of trees.  Have a good day everyone - punkdoc, hope you are drying out now - i suppose it was it was too much to hope that all forumites would escape damage, so hope you are sorted soon.

Anyone name this bee magnet please?

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 07:34

Hi higgy, it also looks a lot like my winter honeysuckle ... Here it is, although without the blue sky or bee!



Posted: 16/02/2014 at 22:25

Clari - little and often gets you there - go girl !

Panda - you must invest - peonies are must haves ...... Love my sugary pink Sarah Bernhardts ......


Posted: 16/02/2014 at 20:49

Stacey - no sign of peony shoots here - and i'm not worried about mine - give it a few more weeks.  Very first tulip nose poking through on my pots though - it'll all get properly going in a few weeks.  Glad you are home safe and sound.

And fidget - i am one of the ones who loves Patty's plum.  Any spares, let me know 


Posted: 16/02/2014 at 17:50

Well I also feel like i have had my first proper gardening day this year - brambles banished, new snowdrops planted and slug pellets scattered for valentines day.  Oh, and group3 clematis all snipped too.  Plus lots of exclaiming and excited squeaking when new shoots were spotted.  Here are the best bits


Best time to buy hostas and other plants?

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 10:09

I have June - she is lovely !  Have used bowdens before and rate them highly ( have i said that before  - not on commission, promise)

my favourite from them is the kiwi full monty - very pretty leaves

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Tree id

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Autumn raspberries - will they need staking?

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Plant ID - blue flowers

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Wisley Outing - sunday 7th Sept

Does anyone want to meet up? 
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Anyone know a good one? 
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Shrub id

Any ideas 
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Wildflower id

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Cap on soil

Do I need to break it before mulching? 
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Plant id - looks like pulmonaria but the leaves are wrong

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TV gardening programmes

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When is the best time to prune Group 3 clematis?

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Can i grow a Mahonia in a pot?

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Best dogwoods for stem colour

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Good Berries

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No flowers on gladioli

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