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Posted: 08/09/2014 at 19:21

We're the waterlilies in flower?


Posted: 08/09/2014 at 19:19

I've never been, but it's on my wish list, along with tulip fields in Amsterdam.

Now ,that would be a good forum outing. Leave the undergardeners at home.


Posted: 08/09/2014 at 19:11


Chinese dogwood

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 18:37

Fairly slow growing. About 5m high and spread after 25 years. Flowers well even when young. I only prune out dead branches.(usually at the bottom)

Problem with pumpkin.... Help and advice needed

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 18:16

I think its a waiting game. Wait until the leaves die off of their own accord. Pinch the tips out and any new flowers as they wont have time to grow fruit now.


Posted: 07/09/2014 at 17:27

Lovely day here. I've been catching up on the deadheading, lifted onions, made cakes and cheese scones, so I'm all ready for the party.

Is it in Verduns cabin??

What pollinates Molly the Witch

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 17:21

I've just taken about 50 seeds off of three heads. (the black shiny ones, not the red infertile ones.) My molly is dying back now. I should call it blushing molly, because it has a slight pink flush at the base of the yellow petals. I gather molly should be pure yellow.

If anyone wants some blushing molly seeds, let me know.

I dont know what pollinates it, there are no other peonies in flower around here at that time of year, so I have always assumed it is self pollinated , perhaps with help from a bee or something.

compost advice

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 17:13

No. It will become a smelly mess.

Compost that you buy in the shops is different to what you make in a compost heap. Your potato peelings need to go in a compost heap to rot down before use.

If you have a plant in a pot of compost , then when the nutrients in the shop bought compost are exhausted, you need to either top dress with a little new compost and add some fertiliser, such as osmocote pellets or blood fish and bone.

Or you can add a soluble fertiliser such as phostrogen or miracle grow to the watering can when you water.



Posted: 07/09/2014 at 10:20

As they have also invaded scandinavia, I guess theres no chance of a good hard frost killing them off. Salt pots at the ready. I was a bit repulsed at them sliming over road kill, enough to make roads slippy.

Chilean bellflower

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 19:57

Google Lapageria rosea

pink hanging bells.

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Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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Bug identification please.

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