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Help! Am I growing stinging nettles!?

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 18:38

Cut all the nettles down or pull them out and cut off the root bit. put the leaves and stems in a bucket as much as you can get in. Fill with water, leave for a few weeks. It will stink and go brown.Dilute the brown stuff, a cupful to a 2 gallon watering can. Useful for brassicas or anything that likes a high nitrogen feed.  (use comfrey mix, made in same way for flowering plants.)


Posted: 06/06/2014 at 18:33

Its been sunny all day here, but every other day or night this week we have had rain.

The weather forecast for tomorrow is atrocious, up to 30 mm of rain . flood warnings etc. I haven't watered anything outside, just tipped water out of the trays.


Posted: 06/06/2014 at 18:25

Well of course the deliveries didn't come until 3pm. So I packed up SIL's pots., pulled out some weeds in the front nature reserve.(cant call it a flower bed, and daren't stick a fork in for fear of upsetting the bee colony.)

I posted hellebore seeds to Lesley K

I got Star Gaze Lilys email- I will be in contact shortly.

and then I could go out in the sunshine....

Planted more hellebore seeds, may have mixed up the labels, (oops ) shoved in a few plants in a gap, and had a look for neighbours lost cat again (didn't look very hard)

OH will be home from Manchester soon, with his cold that he has acquired there.

I wonder if a tin of chicken soup will do for dinner, or if I could make it to the chippy.

Tomorrow I need some more roottrainers, a visit (early) to the garden centre, I think.

I hope the weather men are wrong about tomorrows forecast. I dont know about dove watering her courgettes,mine are doing the backstroke. If it rains anymore they'll need snorkels.

Help! Am I growing stinging nettles!?

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 12:15

Its pretty hard to kill a blackberry. BUT it looks like you've done it. By now it would have new shoots , even if you had cut it down hard.  Nettles are good for compost or as food crop for butterfly caterpillars, but if you want blackberries you will have to start again.


Posted: 06/06/2014 at 09:43

Roscoea purpurea is bone hardy, surviving  minus 15c here and at Mums. Mums survives in sandy soil andwith a fair amount of neglect.. I retrieved a clump last month because I thought I had lost mine. The ones in the pot I found clearing a patch last year and dug them up accidentally. They need to be well drained but humus rich soil. They dont like full sun, or total drying out. I am making a new patch under the pear trees. They like a good mulch in winter of compost.The little tubers will be about 6 inches deep, and dont emerge until late may. The main danger is sticking a fork through them because you think you've lost them or forgetting where they are. I advise marking with a ring of stones or a wire cage when they start to die down.

Have you got the small one ,a few inches high with a smallish flower, or the new purpurea hybrids, which flower later, and are much bigger?

The new hybrids I bought last year, including red ghurka havn't emerged yet. Fingers crossed.


Posted: 06/06/2014 at 09:13

Bright and sunny here but cold still at 5pm. What was I doing up at 5pm? well, OH has gone to Manchester. He has left me with jobs to do. Pick out the pieces of pottery his sister might want... unwrap, check, wrap again, box. He is going to drop off on sunday and bring them back the week after

Wait in for parcels from two different carriers, because he forgot to postpone one from yesterday and they tried to deliver when we were both out

I figure they wont deliver before 9 am so I've opened the greenhouse and watered.

Two of my new salvias have flowered, ...lavender dilly dilly which is... wait for it ... lavender coloured, and clotted cream which is cream coloured.

Also Roscoea kew beauty is opening and a rescued R. purpurea I potted up last year to save it has flowered.

The rain has knocked over some foxgloves, so I will tie them up later. The magpies have two newly fledged youngsters.

I should be safe pulling out weeds on the front. I cant miss the delivery man then.

Hellebores Mrs Betty Ranicar(double white) and Kingston Cardinal(double red) have produced seeds. I will put some of each in for you , Lesley K. I will post today if the delivery men come early or tomorrow if not. Plant ASAP.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 22:27

David, that pink looks like Dianthus deltoides "arctic fire" 

T&M have seed and say it will flower in first year

David, I like the bed with the delphimiums at the back.

The garden is looking good, Mrs Garden.

Calla lilies

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 22:05

You can  leave them in the pot over winter. Repot in spring if they seem overcrowded.


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 21:44

I finally found a use for the mini rake for houseplants that someone bought me. It's good for scooping up those big fat slugs and dropping them in strong salt solution.. the snails got crunched underfoot. I also found 2 baby frogs, so I guess the ducks didn't eat all the tadpoles.


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 21:40

Sglily, has anyone else got your address they could pm to me?

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