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Waterlogged veg patch

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 19:03

Digging a trench/ditch alongside soggy ground will help to dry it out and lower the water table.  

When the land has dried out, half filling the trench with pebbles  and then topping up with soil will permanently improve the drainage - or you can create an open land drain as above.

If you can join it up with a ditch so much the better. 

will my orchid flower again?

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 18:57

My parents have some in their room at their lovely care home - they bloomed and bloomed and bloomed, then bloomed no more - someone cut the stems right down and now, some months on, they've sent up new stems and are blooming again 


Posted: 03/03/2014 at 18:55

Hello folks - no gardening here today - more pondering , and perusing of my new book Christopher Lloyd's The Well-Chosen Garden.  I used to get it out of the library at least once a year - now I've got one of my own for the p&p plus 1p 

Well done Mr & Mrs Podd 

allium2 wrote (see)

......... Chilli seeds seem to be taking an age. Dove - was it you mentioned to soak them in tea or am I going mad??

No it wasn't me - I'd probably think they'd be more at home in tequila 

Please identify

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 17:52

Those look like hyacinths to me - in a week or so the bloom I can see there will smell beautiful 

Can anyone help ID these plants please?

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 17:42

Yes, might be Spanish bluebell - we'll know soon enough - it'll be putting up flower spikes soon if it is 

nutcutlet wrote (see)

If the leaves in 1. that come off half way up and go to the right belong to this shrub it's a cotoneaster. The manner of growth looks right, I wasn't  sure about the berries

I think the second one is a bulb

Yes, I wasn't sure about the berries, but the growth and leaves look very much like a cotoneaster. 

Can anyone please identify these plants?

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 17:39

I don't know cardamine quinquefolia Nut - just googled it - looks as if it's another candidate for under the ash trees 

Found a couple of new things in the garden.

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 16:24

Dead head it after it's flowered 

Found a couple of new things in the garden.

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 16:00

1. Grape hyacinth /muscari

2. One of the ornamental forms of celandine (distinguished from the pesky wild one by the silvery markings on the leaves) .  Not sure which one it is, there are several. The ornamental ones are usually not as invasive as the wild one either.  

3. Kerria japonica pleniflora

4. Not sure - really familiar but can't come up with a name 

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