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Runner beans

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 17:34

You'd get away with planting in April in Cornwall. Oop north, we get frosts until late May, and that will kill them.


Posted: 13/03/2014 at 14:58

Osteospermum  voltage yellow is a tender perennial.If you cut it down now, it will bush and reflower this summer.It is usual to take cuttings off tender perennials to overwinter in a frost free place, but this winter is so mild,I think many will have overwintered safely in sheltered positions.

If they are in a pot, I would repot into next size up and feed it.

Bonsai Tree dead?

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 14:55

Bonsai trees are just trees that have been kept small by root pruning and small pots. What varieties are they?

Allium Purple sensation

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 14:41

Allium christophii seeds about generously in undisturbed spots. They take about 2 to 3 years to reach flowering size.

Bluebottles & Conifers

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 08:33

Is there a dead animal or bird in there?

Bluebottles will succumb to normal household flyspray.


Posted: 13/03/2014 at 08:28

foggy here.  I think I will do supermarket run this morning, and hope the fog burns off for later.

Gardengirl, it looks like you have found a good place for bargains. Spear and Jackson border fork and spade in stainless steel at less than £15 each!!!!

Louise, where is this GC half way to Cornwall?. I normally stop at Taunton Deane, but out of necessity rather than pleasure. A garden centre one minute off the motorway sounds like a good detour.

Can you please help me identify this plant, x2 photos attached, thank you

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 23:05

You can cut the old stems down with secateurs, but at this time of year, the old stems will just snap off. Usually, heavy snow would have flattened it by now,

Runner beans

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 23:02

I always start mine indoors at the beginning of May, to plant out at the end of May.

I sow one bean in a 3 inch pot of MPC. I then put two plants to each  8 ft cane in well prepared soil.

Can you please help me identify this plant, x2 photos attached, thank you

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 22:05

Fennel is easy to identify. crush a few leaves between your fingers and smell the aniseedy type smell.


Posted: 11/03/2014 at 11:00

Mr and Mrs Mallard are still here.They give me quite an indignant quack when I disturb their peace.

  Yesterday I cleared an area that had shasta daisies in, and this morning I am wondering what happened to Thalictrum thundercloud. Good job I saved some seed.

I'm glad your mum is OK, Dove.

Seeds of brassicas  sown in plugs yesterday. Hardy annuals to sow in plugs for gaps . My cosmos are up, and the onion seedlings.

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