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Posted: 01/06/2015 at 07:43

Good morning Fg  

Think there's a heatwave coming at the end of the week - hope you get some of it too  

There's the sound of very angry robins outside - I can't see anything going on but I think it may be related to fledglings and a cat in next doors' garden - hope the robins are fierce enough to send him packing

Do ALL tall(ish) plants need supporting?

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 07:33
Verdun wrote (see)

So sayin my plants  are betterer than yours? 

I think that's a strong possibility Verdun

I must go out and stake those hollyhocks ...........


Plant (weed?) identification

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 07:24

A weed is simply a plant in the wrong place - Herb Robert is a pretty wild plant - if you like it then keep it - if you don't then pull it up

Small green eggs? in compost.

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 07:20

Don't think they pop - think the casing is permeable and the fertiliser seeps out very very slowly when in moist compost (well, they are slow release capsules ), and then the casing very gradually decomposes.

coleus - painted nettle

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 07:13

There are so many different colours and patterns - have a look here

Now I'm tempted to get some seeds and grow some again  .........

Edited to say:  I should have said, they're not long-lived plants - they used to be treated as annual bedding plants.  What I did was to bring mine in during the winter and take cuttings in the early spring and throw the old ones away.  But then I took to growing them from seed every year because you never knew what colours you were going to get so it was much more fun

coleus - painted nettle

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 07:09

It's the first plant that I ever grew 'on my own' from seed with no help from anyone.  I think I was about 11 years old.  I potted them on and sold some at the local fete, gave some to friends etc, saving my favourite ones for myself as they all had different colours and patterns.  They're dead easy - they're happy in a cool greenhouse, conservatory or sunny windowsill at the moment, outside in dappled sunshine when it gets just a bit warmer than it is now, then back indoors in the autumn - too much sun will scorch the leaves and too much shade will affect the colours - they do best in morning sun as long as they're in a warm but shady spot by the time the sun gets really hot  - they're not at all  frost hardy.  You can put them in the ground but I think most people keep them in pots - they need good moist but not soggy compost and try to keep the water off the leaves.  A general liquid fertiliser at half strength every 4 weeks is fine - too much fertiliser spoils the leaf colours.

They  do best if you nip top and side shoots out every so often to encourage them to bush out, and as they strike easily you can use the bits you nip out for cuttings.  Also nip out the flower spikes - they're insignificant and boring and spoil the shape of the plant - who needs flowers when you've got leaves like those?!

They went out of fashion - but I've seen more about lately - I think you're right 'on trend' this year


Posted: 01/06/2015 at 06:54

Good morning Mrs G, Woody and anyone else who's about

I think Verdun may know something about the rugby ... you could ask him

I went to bed soooo early last night, and had nine hours solid sleep - love the new duvet   Now the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and fingers crossed I can play in the garden, at least for the morning


Posted: 31/05/2015 at 19:50

Verdun, were you saying something about Rugby???????

Tree Identification

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 19:46

Jill, try clicking on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post, and follow the instructions ... fingers crossed.

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Shall we pool our piggy banks?

Or shall we stick with our seed swap? 
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Oh dear! Is this the beginning of the end?

Shall we have to say goodbye ... 
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Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Monday 27th July 
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Foxglove 'Illumination Pink'

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ID please

Can't remember  
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Last Post: 17/07/2015 at 12:44

Flower ID please

Spring flower in Northern Brittany  
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Last Post: 10/07/2015 at 06:56

Sisyrinchium striatum

Aunt May 
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The reason I'm not weeding

And it's not laziness ...  
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Last Post: 07/07/2015 at 09:35

Markings on hosta leaves

What can I do about this pest? 
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Last Post: 03/07/2015 at 12:41

Shock!!! Horror!!!

Whatever next??? 
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Congratulations to you both ... 
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Last Post: 21/06/2015 at 19:25

ID please - is this Toothwort?

Can anyone confirm 
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Last Post: 15/06/2015 at 15:20

I was going to mow the lawn but ......................

Excuses, excuses, excuses .......... 
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Last Post: 14/06/2015 at 09:15

Hail storms in East Anglia tomorrow/Friday!?!?!?

Weather warning! 
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Last Post: 11/06/2015 at 19:34

Good intentions ...

Things I really must get around to doing ... one day ... 
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