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Latest posts by david spikes

Eremurus problem

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 19:32

 eremurus bungei-these are amaong the smallest but they still need an area 18 in across all to themselves.these were moved 2 yrs ago. i moved himalaicus and roseum last year so lots of foliage but no flowers. they like the same kind of conditions as delphiniums when you plant them loosen up the soil add some good stuff then firn it back down. clear a space an inch deep  spread 1/2 inch of coarse sand press the roots-they really do look like a starfish-firmly but gently into the sand cover with topsoil and there you are, you do this as soon as the foliage dries-probably in june-in england you might not need to water  . its important to remember that that need a lot of space all to themselves. mine self seed. good luck


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 18:58

ill start crambe cordifolia 20 years old a few miserable flowers-this  year 6 ft tall


Underachiever Award

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 18:43

a friend gave me a victorian tin seed box filled with all the seed packets you would need for a wonderful veg and flower garden. unfortunately she gave them to me in 1994. just rediscovered them this spring while excavating in the junk room- planted them all-so far out of 1000s of seeds one nasturtium has sprouted-hmmmm think they could be too old?

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 18:23

 palest orientals ive ever seen-they all came from same seed packet(coral reef) colors vary from coral to pure pink to this-hmmmm

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 17:38

 i say it every year but this really is the best its ever been

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 17:25

does anyone know which dianthus this is? flower


s are 1/2 across 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 17:16

wonderful foxgloves everyone-lutea blooming here but the rest a no go here alas-allim and poppies nice mrs g-beautiful here, hot and clear-36C predicted for sun-mon. oregon wonderful but good to be back .

lizzie was that ligularia tussaleginea i glimpsed and is your forest pansy new or do you cut it back-what a pleasant thing it is to be a gardener 

Camera Corner

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 00:31



 yay-did it-milky way rising over desert 06/02/14

Camera Corner

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 23:20

photos now either gigantic or weird-mac is sitting over there laughing-i guess ill learn by doing

Camera Corner

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 23:17


Discussions started by david spikes

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: Yesterday at 22:08

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. 
Replies: 4    Views: 650
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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