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What have you learnt this year in the garden?

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 17:31

that planting when it is 40C and then going to the beach for three weeks does not guarantee success                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         that beautiful ideas in the mind are not always beautiful in the garden                                                                                                                                                                                                   that its ok if people dont notice what i think is wonderful                                                                                                                                                                                                                         that people in the US dont really care about gardens the way you Brits do and hasnt it been great kinda knowing you                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and that theres always next year-but i guess i knew all this already

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 02:13

malva alcea isnt it? wendy thats a nice one



Posted: 16/07/2014 at 20:24

are courgettes zucchini? zucchini fritters are very tasty. anyone for nectarines? nectarine shortcake, nectarine pie, nectarine cobbler, fresh nectarine icecream-oh i am a fool for nectarines


clematis tie dyed

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 17:45

 very vigourous grower here in nevada. does anyone else have it and hows it doing.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 16:38

 chaemaebatiaria millefolium

hardy geraniums pictures

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 16:32

 i have many geraniums but climate isnt right for them-rozanne blooms for a few weeks before the heat does for it-spring bloomers are better-some-ann folkard for instance- pack it in almost instantly. mavis simpson is a strange one-dies back to a tiny clump every winter then comes back and blooms all summer-here with callirhoe involucrata

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 16:06

beautiful victoria sponge-bold combinations in containers are my favorite although the magenta and orange pelargoniums are pretty close to the edge. googled your nom du jardin-ho ho who says we aint got culture?-and found dozens of recipes for you-made one for strawberry shortcake-everyone agreed you are a tasty morsel. chicky do you have any terracing on your pretty slope or is runoff not a problem? just leveled a small sloping bed as part of the great iris project.

silene laciniata a  little clashy with pink 

Laying new turf lawn on solid builders clay

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 18:34

for a good lawn at least 6 in of topsoil. the turf will only root to the clay layer then stop. you will end up with a lawn that requires endless inputs of water and fertilizer. there are a lot of those out there.


Posted: 15/07/2014 at 17:17

internationally known star of stage, screen and television?


Posted: 15/07/2014 at 17:07

hurray for veggies-cooler temps(32 t0 35) so alls right with the world 

Discussions started by david spikes

what color is your garden

late bloomers 
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Last Post: Today at 10:45

along came a spider

i'd run away too 
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Last Post: Yesterday at 16:04

autumn crocus

do you grow them 
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Last Post: 29/08/2014 at 08:27

dahlias dahling

show us your best 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 16:44

whats cooking from the garden

its all good 
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Last Post: 24/08/2014 at 15:00

sunflower seeds

and the pear tree is full of birds cooing and twittering 
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Last Post: 23/08/2014 at 18:14

phlox paniculata

would that they were mine 
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Last Post: 26/08/2014 at 13:26

clematis tie dyed

great blue variegation first of its type 
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Last Post: 16/07/2014 at 17:54

what were they thinking of

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Last Post: 26/06/2014 at 18:18


great thread on underachievers. think we need to balance it. do you have something which has gone gonzo this year after fiddling about forever? 
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Last Post: 06/06/2014 at 16:33

just curious

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Last Post: 04/04/2012 at 20:47

searching for seeds

stuff i want 
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Last Post: 29/02/2012 at 23:53

Talkback: Dieback on Leyland cypress hedges

it looks like improper trimming or it could be spider mites if they are the soft evergreen curse in the uk that thet are in nev. 
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Last Post: 08/05/2012 at 10:26


all through the year 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 20:25
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