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Posted: 06/03/2014 at 21:40

Tracey - my dahlia seeds are sprouting on the windowsill.  After recommendations on here i am trying some called "Bishops Children" - which are meant to be dark leaved like the Bishop dahlias (llandaff, dover, leicester etc etc).  

Lily - best wishes for your friend - sending positive thoughts for her

Ask Alan

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 21:31

I loved his "Secret Garden" book and have serious delphinium envy.  How does he get such a fantastic display ?  How close does he plant them, what does he feed them, does he replace or divide plants, and if so how often?  And any other top tips


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 06:41

Morning Matt.  Lighter in the mornings, and only just dark when i got home at 6.30 last night - wonderful.  My first batch of seedlings are already going on the windowsill, and will start some more off this weekend.  Feels like spring is here

Can't upload image using iPhone?

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 22:11

It used to be iPhone compatible, but the ability to upload photos and add smilies disappeared when ios7 came along.  Works on the iPad though 

Funny bird behaviour

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 22:06


recommend a spade and/or fork

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 18:11
My OH is notorious for destroying garden tools - doesn't know his own strength - we have several garden forks with mangled spikes. He bought a bulldog one 3 years ago and it is still in one piece (and it gets used lots) - so would definitely recommend

Angry as all Hell

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 09:18
Address safely received here too - seeds will be sent at the weekend Chief

Can someone please help me identify this lovely smelling shrub/plant

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 09:14
BB2 - i can only tell you where mine is - i didn't plant ityself, it was here when we came - but it is thriving. It is in acid soil, woodland edge, so partial shade. Rhs website gives more details - but i know it resents pruning, so try and pick somewhere where you won't need to cut it back. Also nice to have it somewhere you walk past lots in the winter, so you get a blast of the perfume every day


Posted: 05/03/2014 at 06:56

Ooops - missed you there Dove.  You are lucky to have found a place like that for your parents - it must be comforting to have confidence that they are well cared for as people, as well as physically.  


Posted: 05/03/2014 at 06:51

Morning Clari , Archie and AWB.  Cold one here - thick frost again.  Birds on the bird table have started bickering rather than playing nicely - must be nearly spring

Discussions started by chicky

Shrub id

Any ideas 
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Wildflower id

Blue flowers like a forget me not 
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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

A reminder 
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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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Cuttings from sedum "autumn joy"

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Camellia - yellow leaves

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Plants to identify - grasses and some sort of monster

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