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Biennial / Perennial growing from seed

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 21:39

Last year I started some Knautia macedonica "melton pastels".

This year they are flowering some five feet high and covered in gorgeous pink scabious type flowers. They should flower until the frosts and are good for cut flowers.Only problem is I put them at the front of the border.

 Sow seed now, prick out into pots outside over summer, and plant in final position in Autumn.

Orange Flowered Climbers

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 21:22

I have an eccremocarpus   that has survived the winter, and has been flowering since March.  Though perennial it is supposed to be tender and I didn't expect it to survive. This last winter has been so mild it is possible it is Thunbergia alata. I wouldn't expect it to survive next winter though.

Camera Corner

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 20:07

This is paradise.. or is it. A turtle nesting site on a  remote beach.

 a closer look

 The actual turtle nest. We went in response to a report that turtles were emerging at sunset the previous day, but as we had to get back through rainforest,and steep hills, with no lights,we had to leave before sunset. It made me so sad that these turtles would start life  by hatching amongst the rubbish washed down on the currents from malaysia.

What's your acronym? A guessing game......

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 19:45


What you see is what you get. Thats me. LIOLI

French Marigolds, something is eating them!!

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 19:44

Slugs or caterpillars.  Tiny mites wouldn't decimate overnight.


Posted: 29/05/2014 at 19:38

promise of better weather tomorrow....... as it drizzled all day today and tipped it down yesterday it couldn't get any worse. The heating is on here.

Today Ashfield council decided to cut the grass on the A38 from the motorway into Mansfield. They then coned off one lane in either direction, so when they had scattered wet grass all over the place, the sweeper machine had a lane to itself to clear up the mess. Thus all the lorries etc including me in my little car had a 3 mile tailback. 

Cutting long grass in heavy drizzle... Are they mad???

Dad had his catheter taken out this morning to see if Tamsulosin had worked in shrinking his prostate. As he couldn't pass any water, the district nurse put a new one in this afternoon. 2 hours later it "accidentally" fell out again. Currently waiting for a nurse to come back again and put another one in... ho hum..

I think Dad and Mike could spend a happy afternoon swapping waterworks stories.

Help ID

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 16:23

Pineapple mint is variegated. pineapple sage has small green leaves and red flowers.

Help ID

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 16:20

Most of the salvias have a smell, so count that out.

In fact most herb leaves have a smell if you crush them.

Help ID

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 16:10

It looks like one of the salvias, maybe pineapple sage?

If you crush a leaf, does it smell of anything?

Neatness.....a swear word in the garden?

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 16:01

I wish I hadn't looked that up.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

chelsea winners

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Lotus corniculatus

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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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