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david spikes

Latest posts by david spikes

Prepare for a heatwave!!!

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 17:39

wonderful to have late season heat wave-reno is going for a record for latest first frost. from the garden this morning



Posted: 10/10/2014 at 18:49

my wallflowers have self seeded for years-they got knocked back the year it went to -18F but a few survived. i wait until  the flower stalks are completely dry and then cut. the entire plant back by about half. the seeds then germinate toward the end of september. my best ones are in a raised bed that is completely shaded from nov til early april. i do believe that clay is absolutely deadly for them

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 17:55

RB whens dinner? nice spuds.

artjak wrote (see)

RB, lovely veg

David, what are those fabulous flowers, are they Datura (now called something else I think)?

datura metel from seed- actually a volunteer that i moved from veg garden. another of those plants that has(to me) an unpleasant smell-others say it smells like honeysuckle.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 16:32



Posted: 03/10/2014 at 21:56

red tail hawks live across the street and keep the birds on their toes. the stellars jays have learned how to imitate the hawks cry and raise hell with all the other birds.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 21:51
Charlie November wrote (see)

It is, indeed. Quite how a sunflower got planted under the gutter remains unanswered, but I have my suspicions involving birdfood and birds.

Feed the birds a lot. Get sunflowers in weird places.


sunflowers a mess this time of year but i let them grow for the finches.  i do wonder how many they eat-they fling them about so-volunteers everywhere though not yet on the roof.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 18:34

very cool rb

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 18:04

 not really a  star but kind of nice-warsaw nike with vitis purpurea and cecile brunner

 and a volunteer echinacea with leaves a foot long

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 01:14

 if winter werent following behind, this would be my favorite time of year


Posted: 02/10/2014 at 17:14

if you shake all the dirt off the roots and hang them upside down in a dark frost free place you can then repot them next spring-main thing is absence of light. i put mine in brown paper bags so the leaves arent so messy. 

Discussions started by david spikes

what color is your garden

late bloomers 
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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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