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Latest posts by cloud8

Talkback: Dianthus: In the pink

Posted: 15/03/2012 at 19:42

before we started to use 'pink' as a colour as well as a 'pinked' shape we used to call pink coloured things 'rose' like the french word for 'pink'.  Not sure what the anglo saxons called it though.  Same with 'blue' for purple which we gardeners still use today as in "lavender's blue dilly dilly' which it clearly isn't, and anglo saxons would also have said 'violet' after the name of the flower not having a word for it.  All this makes me think it must have been difficult describing colours if you were an anglo saxon.

Encouraging birds to the garden

Posted: 14/03/2012 at 07:00

Does anyone have any advice on shrubs or trees to plant that will encourage birds please?  I have a smallish garden so would need things that grow tall rather than wide and also I have two ferocious cats so I need somewhere for the birds to safely hide.  In my old garden we had massive privet hedges which were full of birds but sadly we have no room for hedges now.

Talkback: Growing alliums

Posted: 14/03/2012 at 06:48

I grew alliums in my previous garden which was clay.  I didn't put them on gravel or anything, just shoved them in and they were very reliable.  I was given some seedheads for my new garden which I sowed in a big pot last summer not realy knowing the best way to go about it, and now magical little shoots are starting to appear.  What forgiving plants.

Talkback: How to make a box ball

Posted: 14/03/2012 at 06:27

what is a heel cutting please?

monty don

Posted: 12/03/2012 at 20:36

I thought it was a good programme - it answered all my questions about planting raspberries, reassured me that my hungarian grazing rye was going according to plan and made me consider getting some more interesting hellebores.  I thought the design feature was a bit of a whistle stop tour and I'd have liked Rachel to say a bit more about the size and shape of those scented shrubs and the best place to plant them.  I guess the point is that if it's sparked my interest I could go and look it up.  So I will.

Do you consider gardening to be like art?

Posted: 12/03/2012 at 20:25

hmm that depends on your definitions of art and craft.  I'd say it's a bit of both, you need an eye and an imagination (art) but you also need the technical know-how (craft).

monty don

Posted: 05/03/2012 at 19:48

We could definitely do with more gardening programmes of all types and I'd like to see them all the year round as well.  It would be very useful to see programmes over the winter to help with planning for the coming year.  I've had to watch my Geoff Hamilton dvds over and over again to get my fix when Gardeners' world finishes.

Talkback: Cleavers

Posted: 03/03/2012 at 08:58

Regarding horse tail - I used to have this in my old garden and it gradually got weaker as I kept digging it out as far down as I could and I made sure none of the leaves (are they leaves?) broke off into the soil to prevent new ones growing.  Good luck.

Talkback: Cleavers

Posted: 02/03/2012 at 21:51
my cats like to spread this around

Acanthus dilemma

Posted: 02/03/2012 at 21:49

oh thanks both of you,  I'll maybe go for the less prickly in case I back onto it by mistake.  I'll make space for it because it looks so fab.

Discussions started by cloud8

Monty's wildlife garden

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Talkback: Trees for small gardens revisited

Nooooooo James! 
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Deepest red astrantia

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Building an arbour

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Metal in soil

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Confused by my group 3 clematis

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modest hellebores

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Help! Droopy fig

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potato varieties

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greenhouse vs coldframe

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Last Post: 11/09/2012 at 10:58

short climbers???

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Last Post: 02/08/2012 at 09:11

Small tree - any ideas please?

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have I killed my wisteria?

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Encouraging birds to the garden

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Acanthus dilemma

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