Dovefromabove


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worst gardening old wives tales

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 15:52

Ma used to worry when we brought lilac into the house - it grew wild around the farm so I'm afraid it didn't stop me picking it and bringing it in.  I am so definitely not superstitious!!!

The worst piece of mis-information about plants I know of is that myth that if a rose has more than 5 leaflets it's a sucker - so many wonderful species of roses have more than 5 leaflets - I've known someone destroy a wonderful rosa glauca that had been tenderly nurtured after the death of the gardener of the family as it was 'a sucker and would never come to anything!!!' 

a probably easy weed ID for you lot :)

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 15:45

That looks like a ginormous thistle to me - have you been growing any ornamental thistles?  If not, then it's just a thistle! 

And it doesn't look like any of the ornamental thistles I can think of - it's a thistle!!!

keep seeing this ground cover plant, can anyone please identify it

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 15:43

Definitely wood anemone 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/40066.jpg?width=493&height=350&mode=max

The leaves of pasque flowers are quite different 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/40069.jpg?width=303&height=350&mode=max

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 15:31

No hail here ...... yet!

 

Fidget's looking very healthy there 

Can I keep mini cyclamen?

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 15:30

This is cyclamen coum https://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?PID=589 

 

Yours look more like Cyclamen persicum which are used as colourful early winter bedding - they're not usually winter hardy but we've not really had any frosts so lots have survived through to spring.   I'd leave them to die down where they are and they'll flower again next early winter - if we have a cold winter you'll probably lose them then.

Another identification required, saw this out on a walk on saturday

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 15:25

When I was a child we had a kerria growing through a pretty pink rose with viola odorata below - probably not planned that way but lovely

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 14:46

Could that be Snow in Summer - Cerastium tormentosum?

Good relocation   A weed is just a plant growing in the wrong place

My seedlings

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 14:43

Wait until next month - I'll be starting my tomatoes off in mid to late April on the dining room and kitchen windowsills which are east facing and as soon as I dare I'll transfer them to the little growhouse outside which I'll have to fleece or bubblewrap if we get a bad cold snap.  

For a What to do When guide, have a look at the top of this website - it has a What to do now section which is helpful, although if you live to the north of the UK you'll probably find you need to be a week or two later than the timings shown. 

Identification required please

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 14:38

I'm well thanks Ryan - and you? 

Bed with varying light conditions - how to use shaded area

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 14:37

The furlong bit confuses me - a furlong is over 200 metres  but we'll presume you've got a reasonable depth of soil 

I once had a very similar garden to yours.  I grew runner beans, lettuce, swiss chard, courgettes, various herbs and strawberries in the ground and tomatoes, dwarf french beans, carrots, beetroot and tomatoes in containers.  

Because of the lack of direct sunlight in much of the garden except in mid summer I tried to find varieties that produced an early crop - that worked quite well.  

Get some bags of well rotted farmyard manure from the garden centre and dig it into the soil - it'll be fine 

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