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My plant supports are shooting and have taken root!

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 20:45

YEP!! DE: That's the word I wanted to use - but could I think of it???

My plant supports are shooting and have taken root!

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 19:48

I've 'grown' numerous hardy fuchsia, buddleia, hebe and willow from plant supports. If they have good form, they get potted up when I clear the beds at the end of the growing season and used as 'infill' within the dedicated borders. What's not to like about such fortunate occurrences??

Pretty Visitor

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 19:40

GfB: I was just about to congratulate you on the quality of the 'photo'....Still, it's great that you get regular (fleeting) sightings, eh??

An invasion of you forum lot's privacy...

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 20:08

Be afraid! Be Very afraid!! Don't say I didn't warn you! My avatar will stay the same as I'm a great supporter of bats and their conservation.

Giant poppies

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 20:03


 This charmer always has as much room as it needs in my 'sheltered-but-sunny' border. The seedheads are quite 'sculptural' and get gilded for indoor arrangements in the autumn & winter.


salad cropping

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 19:32

It's well worth adding German Mustard as a salad leaf to be picked young to your square-foot scheme - mine crops all year (near sea-level & coastal in Pembrokeshire).

Repotting - a word to the wise

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 19:20

If you should elect to house a sightly smaller / less awkwardly-shaped pot inside a 'potbelly' BEWARE: the 'gap' inside will create a perfectly safe  (& inaccessible to humans) 'hideyhole' for you-know-whos to loiter!!! [4 letter word beginning with S...???]. [perhaps you could pack the gap out with fleece or similar, hessian sacking etc.].

Cutting back a Hebe

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 19:00

Whilst agreeing with the Pansyface notion of 'outing' the offending hebe, I'd also treat the live/ leafy stem portions as cuttings material? Plunging the cuttings into a fairly deep 2litre pot spaced around the edge and minus the big leaves - this will encourage the buds in the nodes and if the compost is kept moist but not soggy, you should have a few rooted cuttings for strategic planting by the autumn. You've nothing to lose and everything to gain by this 'belt & braces' approach. Enjoy the scope that your 'new' garden brings!!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 19:36

Day of heavy drizzle & rain today, so 'gardened' indoors! Prefabricated a new walk-in shelter in the kitchen [OH very understanding], adding mid sections when I get it through 2 right-angle turns & out the back door tomorrow (hopefully), then add plastic cladding overall. *It will need weighting down to avoid blowing about as the previous one, so I've stashed 4 sash weights in the yard ready to attach at each corner. [I may add a 'sky-hook' attachment at the rear apex & fettle onto a nearby hanging basket bracket]. Photos will follow once installed.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 19:27

Rain and heavy drizzle here for most of daytime; so amused myself constructing bargain 'tall, skinny' plastic shelter from Wilkos [OH spotted a real bargain: £2.50 from £5 from £10 'cos one small rod missing!]. Got busy with hacksaw on Pembs hg bamboo cane replacement, (dried & seasoned from Colby Lodge NT gardens nearby 3 years ago). Shelter now installed inside 8x6 greenhouse - has trays of seedling tomatoes & sunflowers in it already.....busy, busy time of year...!!

Discussions started by David Matthews2

I've got a luverly bunch of ? Definitely not coconuts!

So I've grown gourds this season & needing to know whether these are edible, or merely ornamental?? Positive information would be most welcome - before I poison aybody!! 
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Last Post: 19/10/2015 at 19:03

What shall i do with a 'Hairy Onion'?

Head of bolting onion has grown 4 feet, then sprouted 'hair' 
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Last Post: 10/08/2014 at 19:47

Please help to identify this miniature shrub

Small evergreen shrub withsharply-pointed glossy leaves and white 'malteser-sized' bobbles supported on short stems. 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 18:17

Gardening featuring in Seasonal Greetings...??

Do other 'forkers' know of examples of gardening techniques and practices being featured? ing in  
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Last Post: 26/12/2013 at 06:47

Getting Crafty in my old age...

Planting and discussing spring bulbs with my grand-daughters prompted an ad hoc craft session with them the playroom 
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Last Post: 23/12/2013 at 21:26

Huge Bee on Winter Clematis "Freckles"

Sighted this afternoon in my sheltered courtyard....can anyone identify the bee species? 
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Last Post: 21/12/2013 at 06:56
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