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Winter flowering jasmine- can it be trusted?

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 07:14

Winter flowering jasmine is lovely

There's no way I'd describe it as a thug.  It will grow quite happily even if you ignore it, so if people do that and it outgrows it's space what do they expect ?   It's very easy to keep it to it's space, with just a bit of regular attention - that's called gardening in my book


Posted: 13/01/2015 at 07:11

Morning Clari - you snuck in there!


Posted: 13/01/2015 at 07:10

Good morning all  

MrsG - a very happy birthday to new teenager and huge congratulations to the parents for having got this far

Sorry to hear Mr & Mrs Bill have been poorly - recovery takes longer when you're older, so be patient and take things gently.

Panda - just love those sparkling gnashers

Dd - glad the old gentleman's ok - didn't I say labradors are fantastic?!

Hugs and everything to everyone I've missed - I need more coffee


Posted: 12/01/2015 at 19:39

The Good Life?  

I'll get my coat ......


Posted: 12/01/2015 at 18:49

Absolutely agree Gemma - so much good stuff from Geoff Hamilton, and all still available in books and on DVD and YouTube - I have some of them - so another presenter needs to do something else - imagine the fuss if someone came along and showed us how to make a hypertufa trough ... again!  And I've just watched a video of GH tieing up the leaves of cardoons - how I'd love to have the space to grow cardoons, but I don't and that's that.  I don't hold it against GH that he's showing me something that I can't do any more than I'm more than a tiny bit envious of the large wildlife pond that Monty has when I only have a small one.

You never know, if I'd turned that 9 acre smallholding I had into a wonderful garden instead of growing hay and milking goats I might just be the presenter of GW now - but I'm not and I really don't see any point in being miffed about it. 

MD will not be the presenter of GW for ever - I'm sure he has other things he wants to do - and I don't suppose the person who steps into his gardening boots will be able to please all the people all of the time either

only leaves

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 18:24

I think you've hit the nail on the head WO

only leaves

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 17:57

Mine were starting to grow in the box with no water at all WO - They'd been under my daughter's Christmas tree for a week or more, then when I got them home the buds on each were growing strongly in the box- one was at least 4" long.  I planted them up the Monday after Christmas and gave them a little water and put both plants on the dining room windowsill.  The bud that was growing towards the base of the bulb has straightened up and is now about 15" tall and just about to colour up and open.  The other one is about 8" and has two strong flower stems and buds.  Neither have leaves. They've been watered very lightly. I'm very pleased with their development so far. 

When flowering is over I'll cut the flower stems down to the base and water and feed generously until the autumn when I'll encourage them to dry off and then I'll put them somewhere cool for a few weeks before hopefully starting them off again.

Harvested this today.

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 17:49

Congratulations Neighbour!  Tha's a goodun


Posted: 12/01/2015 at 17:13
Lily Pilly wrote (see)
...  Dove nice one!

Well, we shall see - there's many a slip twixt cup and lip (appropriate teatime saying )

Ideas please for storm damage replacement

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 16:50

I was thinking hawthorn too - good at standing up to wind and tempest - really thickly foliaged  from early on, and able to blot out the school during the summer and even in the winter the dense twiggy nature of it's growth will obscure it pretty well.  Coupled with that, gorgeous blossom in the spring, wonderful haws in the autumn/winter for the blackbirds, thrushes and redwings - a really good wildlife tree and they grow into such gorgeous shapes - a little group of three native hawthorns would look lovely

And tall enough but not too tall so if they should ever blow over in a hurricane they shouldn't reach the house!

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Flower ID please

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ID please - is this Toothwort?

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