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What are your favourite scented plants?

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 20:28

Oh, and I've just remembered the wonderful smell you get when you bury your face in a bunch of lilac blooms


Nut, I like the smell of Fritillaria imperialis too

What are your favourite scented plants?

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 20:26

Honeysuckle for me too, and Sweet Rocket, another that casts its scent on warm evening air and smells like a cross between night scented stocks and parma violet sweets. 

And on a sunny winter's day, the scent of Sweet Box is magical

Raised beds

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 18:13

I use two thirds good topsoil and one third well rotted farmyard manure. 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 17:56

Think Katie is leaving us now - we've even got some sunshine - although the wind is still pretty gusty.

Dysons, I ended up shouting at ours, it knocked our blinds down and hit me on the head, I was so annoyed I bought a simple straightforward Panasonic upright with bags (and a powerful suck) like the one I had years ago and it's wonderful!!!   Wonky and her Lovely Hub have our Dyson - he's a techie and loves it - well, he did ... not sure if he still loves it

Speaking of Wonky - I rang her this afternoon to see how the gig went - she didn't go, she came down with a tummy bug and is still poorly - she's had to phone in sick for tomorrow as of course, as she works with vulnerable people she has to be clear of bugs before she goes back to work. So she really didn't have to go into town and buy a new dress and more plants did she?

Apparently the gig went really well, lots of people attended, Lovely Hub enjoyed his evening and got paid into the bargain

Dog wee and my lawn

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 14:40

If you go ahead with it let us know how you get on - it'd be good to have the Voice of Experience on here

Slugs and catapillars! Surprised I have any plants left!

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 14:38

The bigger spotted striped slugs  and big black and big orange ones eat the small slugs rather than our plants, so I leave them and concentrate on the small grey jobs.

What are your most diisease free roses?

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 14:22

I grew Buff Beauty in a couple of earlier gardens - it flowered its socks off and never showed signs of disease despite being in a rather inhospitable north-facing back yard.  It also struck very easily from cuttings

Urgent Help - Mexican Palm blown over

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 14:19

Now wouldn't that be gorgeous?

Can someone please help me identify these?

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 13:59


  1. Mahonia
  2. ditto
  3. Skimmia
  4. a rather hungry looking rhododendron (those brown buds will be flowers before too long).

Urgent Help - Mexican Palm blown over

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 13:52

That's what I thought - I think that if the plant is healthy it will put out some new roots to replace any that have snapped.  You just need to keep it propped up until the roots grow and it has firmed up.  That may take a while. 

Of course, if there is a drainage problem the roots may be rotting off down below and it might be an idea to take this opportunity to dig the container up, improve the drainage and repot in fresh compost  - possibly JI3 with added horticultural grit. 

What do others think?

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