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Should I interfere with the onion?

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 14:23

I've got the largest onion left from last year. It has shoots and roots. I'm going to stick it in, let it flower and save the seeds.

Plant ID, please

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 14:19

That was my thought as well. It should flower soon, yellow flowers in the evenings.

Plant ID, buddleia? One other.

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 14:17

1 Not buddleja

2 Sisyrinchium striatum called blue flowered grass but not a grass obviously as it flowers.

Grandmas Garden

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 14:12

The slabbed area needs treating with weedkiller, unless someone wants to get on their hands and knees and pull out all the weeds.

The grass area needs mowing. A hover with a sharp blade should do it.

Most mowers will pull out chunks unless the blade is sharp.

I'm assuming that  with four generations there is enough persons fit enough to do it.

Aquilegia photo album

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 09:26

I just call my garden exuberant. Explosion in a paint factory sounds brilliant.

How old are your gardens

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 09:22

My house was built in the 50's , one of a pair on the old farm track. Next door had the old hedge and two oaks and an elm in it. When the new A52 and M1 went in, the farm went and an estate built around the back of us. Next door has seven houses  sideways on to the length of the garden. The Elm got Dutch Elm disease and had to be craned out over the new houses about 30 years ago. The stump is still rotting in the hedge bottom. Old Tom who lived next door allowed three of the houses to rip out the ancient hedge and put in conifers, all of which do not grow well and look awful. Apart from Old Toms "Peony Rose" as he used to call it, and a japanese anemone, all that I inherited was a lot of grass and some diseased roses, and two apple trees. At the thought of constant spraying, the roses went. The Peony rose and the japanese anemone survived the doberman, a dalmation and two great danes, and so I consider them bombproof and worthy of their place.

Everything else I have planted , either from bought plants(some) begged cuttings, or seed. I love growing a variety of stuff from seed,just to see the variation. If I don't like it it gets replaced the following year.Quick fillers get replaced by something better and slow growing. The shrub border had a lot of buddlejas and lavatera in for instant colour the first few years, but they have gone as the magnolias, and cornus Kousa chinensis have matured.

The grape vine in the greenhouse is a cutting off of one I had at the old house. That was a cutting off my nans. My nan died in 1980. For a long time we kept a piece of her lavender hedge going by cuttings as well.

The Eucalyptus perriniana I grew from seed. It always reminds me of my visits to my friend in Western Australia. It will never grow to the height of the forests in the South west of Australia, but its a reminder.Its been pollarded twice, but still grew over 6 ft last year.The four main stems are 4 year old, and stand at around 25 feet.

cut or leave ?

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 08:58

By the third year it should be producing more than one spear. Are these named plants or from seed? Are you feeding them well?. Asparagus like a good dressing of FYM in the winter, and a sprinkling of BFB in the spring. Also they have to be kept absolutely weed free so the later shoots do not get crowded out and they can build up a good root system to produce lots of spears the following year.

Aquilegia photo album

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 08:53

I do collect seed so if anyone wants anything in particular you can PM me. Of course you may get true to type or not, as this lot have all appeared as self sown, the only ones I have bought were a blue type and  Nora Barlow. Everything else is a random cross.

Getting the perfect lawn [pictures]

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 08:47

Daisy, as an interim measure, I would just mow the lawn on a high setting once a week. maybe a bit of autumn feed when the autumn rains come. Digging up the lawn and reseeding is a major project and it looks like you have plenty to be going on with. My lawn is more weeds than grass, but kept mown, its a green patch that has the same effect if you don't look too close.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 08:41

 The oriental poppies are opening.

 Anthriscus ravenswing is getting a bit floppy under the pears.

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fungi identification please

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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.

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