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Orchid help - flowering

Posted: 23/09/2017 at 15:40

You will know when you have a new flower stem as it looks very different from the roots.  I move my orchids into a cool room once flowering is over and with patience they do flower again though often not as showy as the original flowers.  Repotting usually encourages root growth initially and so delays flowering.

Rhododendron flowering

Posted: 23/09/2017 at 07:43

Just looked out of the window and a rhododendron bush in my garden has started to flower.  Does this mean there will be no flowers in the spring?

Fothergill's offer not working

Posted: 13/09/2017 at 17:40

Has anyone else tried to take advantage of the bedding plants offer in Gardeners' World today (any two trays and get the cheapest free) and found like me that it is not registering at checkout?

I.d please

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 23:44

Here, in the West of Scotland, it is rampant and the councils ignore it.  Giant hog weed and Japanese knotweed are likewise ignored.  Does anyone have a suggestion on how to make councils do something?

Salvia hot lips

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 18:28

I did take cuttings and at the moment the flowers are all red.  Hopefully that will change through time.  

Isn't this weather glorious!  I am sitting feet up on the patio and it is baking hot.  Didn't realise how glorious it was while I was at work! Just as well really. 

Hesperis taking over

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 16:17

What a happy bunch you are!   Thank you all for your input.

 Pansyface, my OH is looking out spare wood to make me stilts as I write. 

Hesperis taking over

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 10:40

Not sure of the advantages of sitting on it but if Dove does it she must have a good reason. 

Hesperis taking over

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 07:58

I like a wild, natural look to my garden. I have had Hesperis growing now for about 20 years but this year it has taken over. Two weeks ago the main colour was bluebells, the last of the tulips, honesty, columbine and Welsh poppies then one week of amazing weather and the Hesperis shot up, some now taller than me, and is absolutely dominating everything.  It is swamping the rest of the plants which are responding by growing taller themselves.  It feels like I'm shrinking.  I've never seen anything like it and clearly I need to remove lots of it but it looks and smells divine.  Is anyone else noticing the same thing?  What can I do to keep it smaller next year?

Wildlife pond resident

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 07:59

I did introduce frog spawn both years (rescued from a nearby building site). I'm in the city so little hope of a passing frog finding my tiny pond.  (Though a neighbour did open their curtains to find a deer in their garden a while ago!)

Wildlife pond resident

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 07:37

Thanks ladybird, I would have loved to welcome back one from last year.  This may be the first this year and there are scores in various stages in the pond.  Reckon the spinach helps them develop faster than the lettuce I fed them last year.

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Rhododendron flowering

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Set my teeth on edge......grrrr 
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Which nuts do you use? 
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Whole stem removal or flower? 
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Survived the winter, what now? 
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Does anyone grow bodi peas?

Bodi peas/yard long bean/bora/asparagus bean 
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Coffee husks

Anyone been using these in the garden? 
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Best method 
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It is flowering now, pretty little honeysuckle like flowers which don't seem to be attracting any insects. It has to be moved so I am contemplating whether or not it is worth saving. Any advice welcomed. Thanks. 
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Chelsea Flower Show

Why was Grayson Perry allowed so much time? 
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