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Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 18:29

 Gladioli are three tied back to back with raffia, then dahlias around the base. This colour will be over by october, but I hope I will have buddy which is yellow, also coral ruffles.  The dahlias may get changed for chrysanths or cosmos.   Experimenting, if I put the gladioli in as soon as the first floret is starting to open, they look their best about 4 days later.

We're to buy JARDIN DE FRANCE cutters

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 18:20

Sorry, missed a decimal point. £2-99 or 299p

gladioli clumps

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 18:18

Dig them up, fertilise the soil. Replant the big ones, discard little bulbs.

Gladioli are cheap. Last year Lidl had huge bags for a fiver. Maybe time for a change.?

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 15:00

Wyevale garden centres have reduced all seeds to 50p packet. Apart from parsnips and onions,(which have to be new each year)  shop to your hearts desire.

We're to buy JARDIN DE FRANCE cutters

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 14:56

I bought some secateurs from Lidl last week. £299. Brilliant. Very sharp.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 07:29

I love your garden, lillypilly.


Posted: 26/08/2015 at 07:00

We have finally got proper rain. Its not very warm. I put a jumper on last night, then I gave up and put the heating on for an hour. Have a good day folks.


To move, or not to move

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 23:47

Fertilisers are ok. Its the weedkillers you have to be careful of. Some of the weedkillers can persist in manure from horses fed on the hay.


Posted: 25/08/2015 at 23:46

Sweetcorn are best grown in a block, it helps with the pollination. With only 9plants I would do a 3rows of 3.

Being greedy, I put in two packets of seed and have 7rows of 10, planted about 15 inch apart. Even then , I sometimes find the ones on the outside edge do not get 100% pollination.


Posted: 25/08/2015 at 21:49

How are you growing them, horseygirl? How many?

are they in a line or a block. ?

They have to be wind pollinated, tapping the stems to disperse pollen on the air helps.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

bananas from seed

has anyone achieved this? 
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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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Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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Photos of fasciated flowers/stems/seed pods. 
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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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