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Posted: 19/03/2014 at 09:14

Rhododendrons and azaleas die in my soil. I have a camellia. Ever year it forms nice fat buds.... and then the squirrel eats them. Its between a Magnolia soulangeana "Dawn"  and a Magnolia grandiflora "Exmouth". Its currently obstructing my view(from the living room) of the old hellebore bed. I think its going to get a major chop soon. I think the phlomis fruticosa is for the chop too. Its never really done well where it is. too much shade and not good enough soil. A cutting i gave a friend grew to three times the size of the parent plant in two years, and always looks a lot better.

I'm off to do a bit of shopping now.

Best buy books!

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 19:45

Beth Chattos series of books are good to study for what to plant in dry area, or damp areas, etc. Also I love anything by Christopher Lloyd.


Posted: 18/03/2014 at 19:42

So, are you in Nottingham all week, Tracey, or are you commuting?

Nottingham Railway station is a disaster area. I went round it twice trying to find panda when we went to Hodsocks. The rest of the roads around here are full of potholes. Hence it cost me a new spring for the car when I had it MOT'd last week.


Posted: 18/03/2014 at 19:13

Yep, Tracey, the weather up here has been vile. I was at work today, the boss had today off to do some gardening LOL. The girls said I should do the bosses garden, but as hes distinctly OCD tidy, I don't think my exuberant approach would impress him. Tidy in the garden I'm not.  The spag bol I took out of the freezer this morning appears to be stew base, So its been turned into gravy to go with sausage and mash. I must really start labelling stuff in the freezer. I have too many UFO's (unidentified frozen objects).  Good day for gardening forecast tomorrow. Time to harden off the broad beans and dig the broad bean patch over.

Mmm this Sauvignon blanc is really good after a hard day at work.

Replanting aquilegias

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 19:50

Bits of aquilegia will not grow unless there is a growing shoot left in. If it was a really big plant, you may find it won't  transplant well.

Talkback: How to grow sweet peas from seed

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 19:26

Yes,busybee. You will need a support about 6 to 8ft high unless you are growing snoopea or the knee high varieties.


Posted: 17/03/2014 at 19:21

Its  far too early to plant runner beans. Plant them outside in late May, or one to a 3 inch pot in a greenhouse in early may. Don't soak them, they may rot before they germinate. Runner beans don't need it.


Posted: 17/03/2014 at 18:30

I know its only March, but my raspberries seem to think its May..... they're starting to flower

Still, I love raspberries.... by the bowlful with cream.

Camera Corner

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 18:06

Good bird pics , Jack. My mum thinks blue tits are exotic, She only gets sparrows and starlings and the odd robin.

Protecting Lillies & Hardy Fuchsias in Pots

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 17:58

My lilies in pots have been against a house wall all winter, and are now growing. They will be fine outside. If your fuchsias are hardy, they should be OK outside now, but most of the fancy fuchsias are not hardy. The main problem with them outside in winter is if there is an extended freeze, if the pots are sodden then they will often crack with the frost. If I have space I put lilies inside the greenhouse over winter, but more to keep them on the dry side than to protect from cold.

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