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Fritillaria meleagris from seed?

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 17:56

Ok thanks I'll sow them now. Any special treatment required?

Fritillaria meleagris from seed?

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 17:15

I would like to have more snakeshead fritillaries and have collected some seed heads as they are not especially spreading left to their own devices. Do I sow now or in the aurumn? Any advice gratefully received as I have not tried sowing these before. Thanks, Janet

Digging fork

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 17:07

Hi I'm with BobThe Gardener - mines also stainless steel and I vouch for it's efficacy in doing heavy digging. Mine doesn't have a label either sorry!

The Buzzing bush!

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 19:46


Because we have hives we are often called to check out a swarm in someones's bird box or compost heap but to date they have all been our lovely bumblebees! if you get a honeybee swarm you will recognise it - this is how they assemble immediately post-swarm prior to looking fo a permanent home (paste the link)

The Buzzing bush!

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 18:19


We have 6 bee colonies - including one in a hollow tree. I don't think that they would be making a home in the laurel as the infrastructure would not be right. If the buzzing was loud on Monday a swarm may have arrived but 8.00am is too early in the day really - from 10.30 to early afternoon is more typical as the temperatures are higher.

If there is a swarm in there and they had decided to make it home you would be seeing bees flying in and out. Why not take a look - it's very unlikely a quick peek will get you a sting.

As it happens our pyracantha which covers the garage wall is in full flower and I actually gragged OH outside at the weekend and said listen to this as our wall was really humming! Up close it was absolutely teeming with honey bees, bumble bees and other insects. A wounderful sight and experience.

What's up with my sunflowers?

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 17:24

Thanks diggindoris but this blackening is in the leaves as opposed to on the leaves

What's up with my sunflowers?

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 12:24

Sorry, let's try this, thanks

What's up with my sunflower?

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 12:19
<div class="batch_photo_img_div"><img id="batch_photo_img7319759634" title="IMG_1730" src="" alt="IMG_1730" width="75" height="75" /> <div class="batch_photo_img_div">Does anyone know why my sunflowers are getting these black splodges? Thanks, Janet

Marketmore cucumbers

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 18:03

Thanks for all the replies. On balance they sound like a trailer not a climber so that's how I'll treat them. I love cucs so hopefully with these and my greenhouse ones I am going to be a happy bunny!

Marketmore cucumbers

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 16:55

I have grown some marketmore cucumbers which I'm hardening off ready to plant out. However I have not grown these before, only a greenhouse variety.

I've read they can be grown in pots or straight in the ground, trained up a trellis or an obelisk or left to trail along the ground. I'm confused as to what to do - if anyone has grown these can you advise please? many thanks, Janet


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