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Latest posts by david spikes

sunflower seeds

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 18:05

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Composting

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 17:43

weeds treated with glyphosphate can be composted. adding other treated materials can actually stop the compost process. lawn weed and feeds and systemic treatments seem to be the worst-they are meant to linger but other weed killers are very long lived so probably better not to use any in the compost.

phlox paniculata

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 17:30

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phlox paniculata

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 17:26

the more or less original ones-bright eyes, davidii and  that pinky purply magenta one seed around and about but the hybrids one would like seem not to. for a few years davidii were a curse comparable to asters but have now been replaced by leucanthemum as worst offenders. does anyone have any thoughts on why plants go through cycles of exuberant seeding then fade and sometimes stop. at various times ive been overwhelmed with centranthus, echinacea, asters, leucanthemum and phlox-then suddenly its hard to find a seedling. 

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 05:15

blue flower is a gentian-rigida?

phlox paniculata

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 04:30

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 its sheer laziness that keeps me from having something like this at this time of year but next year will be different bekkie some of the ground cover phlox will do in shade but think the paniculata need full sun.

phlox paniculata

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 00:22
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 lunch in graegle with my friend susan. i always forget how wonderful her phlox are-sigh. been thinking about redoing the border by the front gate-perhaps its time for a phlox obsession. how are all of yours doing?

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 18:23
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 second bloom delphiniums very good this year. matt by midsummer britain seems wonderful to me but then its sept. and i know we have 2 or possibly 3 months of great weather still to come and its yippee!!! your climber wall is luscious.

turning air into soluble nitrate to feed garden??

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 18:11

lightning storms have to be followed by rain to deposit the nitrogen otherwise it just drifts around. even the biggest storm only deposits about one ton per acre which sound like a lot but isnt. if electrical production of nitrates was feasible it would be big time commercial-its not.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 21:14

ighten pear trees are about 70 years old and produce what seems like a ton of pears every year. which is sad because one pear a year is about my limit.

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 but i am a fool for nectarines

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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autumn crocus

do you grow them 
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show us your best 
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sunflower seeds

and the pear tree is full of birds cooing and twittering 
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phlox paniculata

would that they were mine 
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clematis tie dyed

great blue variegation first of its type 
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what were they thinking of

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overachievers

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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just curious

usa/britain 
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searching for seeds

stuff i want 
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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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bulbs

all through the year 
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