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Salvia Hot lips

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 22:01

 I'm planning on leaving this in the ground and taking cuttings to overwinter. How hardy is it?


Posted: 09/09/2014 at 21:55

I tripped yesterday. OH shouted at me because he said that the place should be tidier, and then I wouldn't have anything to fall over. I fell over the line prop that he had tidied up by the compost heap. I had a soft landing though. I fell into a builders bag of shreddings mixed with grass cuttings. I did need a bath and wash my hair.

Get well soon Dove.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 21:50

You can easily save seed. These were from seed I saved from last year. Also the plants form tubers that can be overwintered in a frost free place, and will flower earlier next year.

Oak tree problems

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 21:43

The  Elm shoots come from the roots, not the stump. They dont get diseased. Apparently they will only get diseased if we let them get above a certain height, because the insect vector flies high.??

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 21:39

I planted seeds into a plug tray, then potted on seedlings into 3 inch pots, then 3  plants into a 12 inch pot.  Ordinary multipurpose compost mixed with a bit extra blood fish and bone because I usually forget to supplementary feed.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 21:35

Cosmos looking good

 Salvia Amistad in front of Rudbeckia Goldsturn

Chinese dogwood

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 21:28

 Give it ample room to spread. I planted easy fillers either side of this, that I didn't mind sacrificing as the Cornus got bigger.  Buddlejas and lavateras are cheap and make good temporary (5 years) fillers

Oak tree problems

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 21:21

There used to be an elm in the hedgeline, about level with the polytunnel. It got Dutch elm disease. It was cut down and had to be craned out over the house that you cant see to the right of the top picture., about 30 years ago. The stump was left, about 3 ft across. It has sent up lots of elm shoots that are now part of the hedge, amongst the hawthorn.

Oak tree problems

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 21:18

I get crown galls as well in the acorn cups, but only rarely have had the oak apple gall.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 21:13

In pots so a bit of a cheat.. Salvia patens from this years seedlings( 3 in pot)


2 pans of cyclamen. One an old one that has no leaves yet, and a pan of seedlings from Nut last year. Both flowering well , but one has leaves and the other not.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

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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squash crown prince

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Talkback: The best way to grow potatoes

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.

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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Hidcote on Easter Sunday

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