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Venturing into the gardening world...

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 16:57

If you want to go into design then you will have to go back to college and take design courses.Build up experience and a portfolio of what you have created etc. This will probably working for friends and family initially (probably for nothing) to build up your reputation and skills. Working for a landscaping company as a 'labourer' will give you experience in 'making the earth move'.

I too completed my RHS Level 2 - I maintain my 'day' job but garden for my local school for fun/volunteer status. Sotongeoff is right  I'm afraid. In this climate of recession, there is little money for niceties even for proven pros. I wouldn't give up your day job - but try to get more qualifications/experience and do more research as to where you could fit it in the horticultural world. Maybe PA for RHS....a gardening or nature based organisation may satisfy both your sets of skills.

You unfortunately will not make a fortune in gardening unless you are very talented - Chris Beardshaw; Dermot Gavin; Alan Titchmarsh; Carol Klein and they have all diversified from being just 'a gardener' or 'designer' or 'nurseryman/woman' to TV presenter, author etc.

Mystery Plant

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 17:19

An aster, possibly

WILDLIFE PICTURES

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 21:05

Thanks for the info Gardenfantic. I am currently researching prices etc. The Nikon you speak of is the only one I have found with such good zoom - 36 and without changing lens etc.

Scented pelargoniums

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 20:30

I've just bought some at a 'Green Fair' in East London. If there are some garden shows on, head for the herb section - they usually have all sorts of smelly plants!

Perennial Geraniums

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 20:27

Probably just older leaves reacting to being planted out - new weather conditions/soil conditions etc. if you are getting lots of new healthy growth and flowers too, there shouldn't be a problem. I would just remove the old leaves if they are annoying you.

WILDLIFE PICTURES

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 23:16

Some fantastic photos. I need a camera to take just such photos - nothing too complicated...any pointers, recommendations, pitfalls...We've just had great spotted woodpecker chicks fledge and I got so frustrated because the camera on my phone would just not focus/zoom enough to give me a decent snap!

Trachelospermum jasminoides

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 22:22

Oh dear! It sounds as though it has already been cut back enough. I'd give it a feed and lots of TLC but also question its situation. Is it in a sheltered spot? How much sunshine does it get a day? What kind of soil do you have? What part of the country are you in?

Can anyone help identifying a plant?

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 19:24

Tattianna, I think that is the proper way to do it or divide the plant in spring. However, at a friend's house she told me to help myself to a bit and when I pulled pieces away close to the base of the plant, there was a little root attached to the pieces I pulled and they all took!

Do you know what this pretty plant is?

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 17:43

Looks like a form of Centaurea/Knapweed.

Sickly smelling plant

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 17:40
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Oh!! I copied the name from the internet as it is difficult to spell and obviously the font was not compatiable!

I suspect Geranium macrorrhizum which is a good ground cover plant in shade and has strongly smelling foliage.

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