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Under-rated climber?

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 20:48

This months RHS  magazine has a picture of a new honeysuckle called"mandarin"

I was really excited until I found that it had little or no scent. For me, the whole point of honeysuckle is the scent. I have  "Graham Thomas," which I believe he found in a hedgerow and then propagated. It is all yellow and has a long flowering season. Belgica and  Serotina are also well perfumed and will extend the season.

Although it can be rampant, it responds well to an annual hackback.


Plant ID please

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 19:39

I was thinking more like Centaurea montana.... blue perennial cornflower.


Posted: 27/02/2014 at 18:59

Hmmm.. My seed tray rack arrived (a day late). trouble is the 15 seed trays supplied have no holes in. Either I replace them all and use them as gravel trays, or I get the drill out.

the vernon geranium company

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 18:31

Vernon geranium catalogue on the mat when I got in this evening, My first thought was that it was T&M

Vernon geraniums used to have a good reputation, but as with Van meeuwen which is T&M under another name, I won't be using them.


Posted: 26/02/2014 at 20:32

The old "Amateur winemaker" books are pretty good too.

If you do an amazon search for wine and C. J. J.  Berry it brings up a lot of paperbacks that I have found useful in the past.

Soilless cultivation in the office, sweet potato

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 13:40

Will it grow tubers like that?

Planting Lupin seeds

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 13:37

It depends on what variety you collected the seed from. If they were one of the F1 types, they will not come true to the parent plant.

 When they germinate you can put the jiffy pellet in a 7cm pot to grow on and add a  bit more compost.

Talkback: How to plant long-cane raspberries

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 13:21

The ones being sold as "long cane" raspberries should fruit this year with no pruning.

 What variety are they?

Subterranean activity in the polytunnel.

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 13:19

I have a hole the size of a broom handle at the side of the slabbed path in the greenhouse. As I have lost trays full of things like sweet peas etc, I have put " big cheese" mousetraps down. They have caught 8 mice in the last fortnight, but one got triggered and didn't catch anything, and they chewed the plastic top off to get at the peanut butter. I have voles in the garden, similar size holes, dug into sandy banks.

I am newbie here

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 13:13

Hello, James.

What part of China are you from? What is your garden like?

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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