Daintiness


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castor oil plant

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 10:18

lol Lindyloo2! Both pieces of advice above are correct but they are for two different plants! I believe you have Ricinus communis aka Castor oil plant and therefore should take nutcutlet's advice. However if you have Fatsia japonica aka Castor oil plant then take Dovefromabove's advice. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 17:14

Mild n wet all day in Essex. Really dark at just past 5....glad I don't have to go out! Still got bulbs to go in - hope  we get a dry day as the soil will be easy to work to get the bulbs in.

Can you recommend a shrub for this border?

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 17:08

How about Nandina domestica?  evergreen, flowers, berries, leaves change colour, upright habit, AGM - various sizes/varieties - low maintenance, I love mine.

Can an architectural graduate move into garden design?

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 17:26

Hi, Kentish maid - are you based in Kent? I took a RHS Level 2 cert. in Essex through Capel Manor. I would ring Capel Manor and ask about career advice as they are a Horticultural College http://www.capel.ac.uk/

Bird seed falling in pond

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 17:19

Congratulations! I have just moved my bird feeders closer to the house so I get a great view whilst staying warm. The birds are beginning to come back to the garden now it is getting colder. Good timing on your part  - enjoy!   

WILDLIFE PICTURES

Posted: 14/10/2012 at 16:43

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/14946.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 Gatekeeper butterfly sunning itself.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/14948.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 Female Great spotted woodpecker feeding in my garden.

First wildlife pictures I can share that I have taken with my NEW (at long last) camera.

Quince

Posted: 14/10/2012 at 16:15

Did you see Monty's recommendations on Friday night? Glad I don't have to pick mine the way he does!!

New school greenhouse- where to begin?!

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 11:53

Good advice from Flobear .We are members of the RHS School Campaign. You work yourself through different levels and get freebies along the way (money when you get to level 3!!). Your school is also put on the country map with the level you are at denoted. If you access the site now, you could find out if there are any active schools in your area. They also give you a pack to run a 'Get your Grown Ups Day' when you can run a day where parents, staff can do some of the hard graft for you - we put together raised planters and planted them up in one afternoon.

It would be good if you could team up up with one of your secondary feeder schools - share local info, borrow equipment to get you started etc...visit the other schools for inspiration...We have also made contact with our local park and have helped plant bulbs/plants in the park.

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening/default.aspa

Quince

Posted: 07/10/2012 at 21:42

Google 'membrillo' - it's what the sppanish do with quince. A lovely paste/jelly that they serve with cheese.

New school greenhouse- where to begin?!

Posted: 07/10/2012 at 21:13

I too run a gardening club in a Primary school and should love a greenhouse.  What about some lettuces to start; overwintering your geraniums etc (- we are using window sills all over school for ours and other things we have propagated); give your bulbs a head start - we've just planted up some and have hidden them away from the squirrels/foxes until they get their roots down.

I want to get a heated propagator for next year....so we can sow a wider range of seeds with more success.

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