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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)

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 21:23

I grow them in the veg patch and then strip every flower off every couple of days. That way it doesn't matter as to what the plant looks like. All the flowers go in vases or get given away. The more you pick, the more you get.


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 21:11

Tracey, dahlia have  big seeds and pretty easy to grow from seed. They will flower in the first year, then die down to a tuber that you can store frost free over winter and then restart the next year. I just keep the best ones to overwinter.  If you get a really good one, you can then  root  cuttings off of the new shoots in the spring.

An ENVY thread....

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 20:34

Verdun, I need to see the pictures.... so we can all drool.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

Has anyone got a trail cam for night time critter visits?

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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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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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