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Spawn 2014

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 15:47

Lots of frogspawn today.

Near Nottingham/Derby.

greenhouse advice

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 12:26

We're all 27 on here, except for Dove and she's 28 now.(but she says she's 26 and going backwards. Don't tell the bus pass people)

Border in complete shade

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 12:22

Foxgloves. A packet of seed will give you plenty of plants. A garden near me was filled with them last year (I think they were camelot series).It looked gorgeous.

  Dalmation Peach will give you flowers this year, but mostly you sow foxgloves this year to give flowers next year. Once you have them they will seed themselves.


Posted: 07/03/2014 at 08:01

Can you send some Sun up country please, verdun.


Posted: 07/03/2014 at 07:51

Sorry, Good morning everyone.

I'm making coffee then going back to bed.


Posted: 07/03/2014 at 07:50

Raining here. Nice weather for ducks...who were at the backdoor waiting to be fed when I opened the bedroom curtains.   One 5 star buffet coming up.

An ENVY thread....

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 23:51

Lidl have mini polytunnel type greenhouses at £40.  cheaper than replacing the cover. Use the old frame as staging.

An ENVY thread....

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 23:09

Mike, until this last year, I have to admit I could take or leave them.Mine were 20 year old, spread around a bit, in a shady place that nothing much else grows, and tend to be ignored.  However, the new breeding lines coming along in the last 20 years have changed them out of all recognition. Look at the photos on Ashwood nurseries site.

Then if you can, go visit the nursery. The actual plants are better than the photos show.  The big polytunnel full is mind blowing. I'm now digging out the old ones and replacing with new improved versions. I hope to grow some nice seedlings on using the Ashwood  plants as parents. Some of them look like dahlias except they flower in winter and less trouble.

A quick visit to Kew

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 22:56

I went to the Orchid festival last year. They were packing up one of the big greenhouses for restoration. A woman was querying why the Rhododendron fragrantissimum had parcels of moss in plastic tied on the stems. The gardener working nearby was studiously ignoring her.  I explained to the lady that it was being air layered, so that if it died when they moved it, they would have a spare to replace it.

About a month later, they showed just that on the TV. My OH commented that somewhere was a lady who was going...Oh I know that.


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 21:52

Gardeners World back on Beeb 2 tomorrow at 8.30. I think we survived the winter OK.

(with the aid of verduns cabin, lots of vino and cake)

Discussions started by fidgetbones

A walk at Attenborough by the River Trent.

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squash crown prince

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I always thought that potatoes need a lot of water. Certainly the potato growers in Lincolnshire seem to use water cannons to irrigate throu... 
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Talkback: Grass snakes

Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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Fascinated by Fasciation

Photos of fasciated flowers/stems/seed pods. 
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Talkback: Seven-spot ladybirds

This year is the first time I have seen ladybirds mating. Then I found another lot the same day.I recorded them as well. Well, I would soone... 
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ladybirds mating?

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Bug identification please.

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Felley Priory Bluebells.

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bluebells at Felley priory.

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The glory of Daffodils

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