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Posted: 11/05/2014 at 16:16

The same function as any other seed. It grows into a plant , flowers, and then forms more seeds....and so it goes on.


Posted: 11/05/2014 at 16:11

Yes, please, that would go nicely with my coffee.

Mystery fuchsia

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 14:58

It looks like it is damaged due to aphids/virus. Cut the offending bit out, and spray against the aphids.


Posted: 11/05/2014 at 14:53

I have mice and voles outside.

They pick up the bird food that that the birds throw around.

They wont eat you.

growth on twisted hazel

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 14:45

Haveyou got a photo, katy?

Aquilegia photo album

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 11:28

Most of mine aren't in full flower yet. I posted some here last year, and Carrie Thomas of Touchwood(national collection) put some of hers on as well.

I've finished pricking out from 20 packets of Touchwood seed. Next year i expect some really good ones. Most of my existing, except for my raspberry ripple and Nora Barlow will be coming out.



Posted: 10/05/2014 at 17:16

Showers on and off today.gladioli, cornflowers, and dahlias for cutting planted out.

More aquilegias pricked out,all done now. Rooted cuttings of last year's brugmansias potted up.

My meconopsis has a flower bud on.

Canna virus?

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 15:49

If its a virus there's nothing you can do for it. If you think it might spread to other cannas you will have to burn it. Otherwise I would just let it grow. It may not flower as well as usual. Check for aphids which are common virus carriers.

Aquilegia shapes

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 12:39

Most of my crosses are with Nora Barlow. I get pompoms as well as different colour barlow babies. I have 20 packets of Touchwood doubles(mainly yellow and something else) on the go to give some different colours to the mainly pinks I have on the back and mainly blue/blacks/purples on the front.

This is the last year that the owner of thenational collection (Carrie Thomas) is going to offer seeds from a single plant, so if anyone wants new gorgeous aquilegias, I suggest you get on her website  Touchwood plants (as above) and get the seeds in now.

starting a new 'Patch'

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 12:32

For good value , you can't beat a blackcurrant bush.

Fresh blackcurrants are nigh on impossible to buy.

One bush planted 20 years ago, gives about 7 pounds of fruit a year. A  hardwood cutting taken off it and shoved in a patch of sandy soil gives another 7 Lb a year.

3 hours a year picking, one hour pruning and 10 minutes in spring for a sprinkling of fertiliser.

2 hours to make 14 jars of jam. Enough to keep us going all year and a few to give away.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

Brugmansia cuttings.

how to take brugmansia cuttings. 
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white mouse

Is this an escaped pet (or a boas dinner) or a natural occurring albino? 
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fungi identification please

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A walk at Attenborough by the River Trent.

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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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Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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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.

black and yellow body, yellow legs, black antennae 
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Identification needed

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Felley Priory Bluebells.

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