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Seedlings and propagation

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 07:18

Just remember that seedlings need light - they'll soon become weak and leggy if they're in a warm environment for long. You then have issues getting them outside unless they'e going into a greenhouse.

Natalie - don't make the mistake of sowing all your seeds into a small area. If they all germinate, you'll have to remove most of them! Sow sparingly into small pots or trays, then prick out into individual pots when the seedlings are big enough to handle. You don't need too many plants for one basket. 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 07:13

Morning all to come and afties Pat. You'll need some heating on soon! Are the skinks ok after the visit from the snake? I'll go and have a look at your frog 

I'm about to head off to Glenshee/Braemar to walk a hill there - weather forecast is best for that area . It's a few hours drive but it means I'll get views  

Hope everyone has a good day and the weather is kind. Catch you all later 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 19:36

Lazy b****r ..... 

Evergreen plants

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 19:34

Keep a record of your changes with photos too - it's a good way of reviewing areas that you alter or add to.

We have a Garden Pic thread on the forum too, so you can put pix on there for everyone to see  

Evergreen plants

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 19:22

Some plants will cope in sun and some shade Lorna. You can use those to link your two areas. Potentilla is another shrub which is happy anywhere - I use the white ones in shady borders.

If you have a Dicentra already, you'll be able to divide it and get some plants for free to place in other areas  

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 19:18

Think someone should rescue him Dove - don't want him face down in a bag of compost all night...

Braised sausages with onion gravy, veg and mash for us tonight . Very nice it was too  

Tried very hard not to have a kip  later this afternoon too after being awake at 4 this morning for a while. Early to bed tonight and off to Glenshee/Braemar tomorrow for a little hill 

Nice day for you chicky. Youngest fairylet said to me that I'm like plants the way other people are with shoes. Don't know what she means...it was only a packet of seeds........and some of those Acidanthera/Peacock orchids ...

Evergreen plants

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 19:08

Nut's right - pop some perennials in to give you seasonal variations amongst the more structural shrubs. Astilbes and Dicentras are very good for shade - white ones in particular are excellent. 

English Ivy Everywhere

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 18:55

The ivy clad trees near my work are always a big attraction for birds and insects. Ivy gets a bad name but if you have an area where you can let it have a bit of room, it's wonderful for all sorts of creatures.

fruit/veg in a trug - easiest?

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 18:52

Strawberries and little tomatoes are also ideal for children but you may need more room for toms. You can grwo a strawberry pr two in a container no problem. Mine liked Mange tout when they were little - they're quite easy too.

I agree totally with pansyface about putting some containers in the sun for little ones. They like to see results quickly!

Evergreen plants

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 18:48

Crocus like some sun so a few hours a day would be fine. I have a lot in semi shade and they open up when it's sunny, although we don't get a lot of sun at the time of year they're out. As nut says, daffs, narcissus  and snowdrops are fine for shadier areas as are Grape hyacinths and lily of the valley. Hyacinths might need more sun - I don't grow them. You could also try the wood anemones and Chionodoxa

Lilies are quite happy with a bit of shade but I can't think of any other summer ones I'm afraid. You could have a selection of alliums for the sunny area though 

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