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Evergreen blocker

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 09:53

I have a hawthorn tree on the boundary. It has a rose growing over it, and a jasmine growing over it. The jasmine is rarely pruned. It is still in full leaf, and although it will drop its leaves, it is not without them for long before new growth starts. There is also a clematis montana running through.This gives a succession of flowering, and rose hips and haws for the birds. Its actually quite difficult to tell its a hawthorn under there.

I'm so so bored stiff

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 21:12

Read a book.

Lots of gardening books to choose from. Start with Gertrude Jekyll, move onto Marjorie Fish, Vita sackville West, Christopher Lloyd, and Beth Chatto.

 Then replan your garden on paper, and get out the seed catalogues.

August bloomers

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 18:55

Sweet peas should be in full bloom in August from a spring sowing.  Lots of different colours available.

Dahlias are good for cutting for table decorations. small pompom ones would be best

.Phox paniculata are still flowering through August.

seed/plug trays

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 18:54

expanded polystyrene will keep heat out as well as hold it in. I have used  ep fish boxes for growing things in, but have always considered the air temperature that the plant leaves are exposed to , to be the most important factor. I use plug trays for cuttings, and have no problems.


Posted: 01/01/2014 at 17:12

Chicky, have you got any ropes that you could anchor the tree with? to at least make sure it falls in the right direction!!

Camera Corner

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 16:37

 Specially for Kef...

 Looking forward to Spring.

seed/plug trays

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 14:20

these are plug trays but not expanded polystyrene.They are a harder plastic and can be reused.


New Year's Day 2014 Flower Count

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 14:06

Viburnum bodnantense  Dawn  lots of flowers and scent.

Corkscrew hazel(catkins)

Common hazel (catkins)

erysimum bowles mauve and walbertons fragrant sunshine.

Helleborus niger.

Helleborus shooting star.


hesperis matronalis

ox eye daisy

Lychnis coronaria

Lamium (gold leaves, purple flowers)

Broccoli gone too far.

 Blackberry. in flower. also still raspberries on, but look a bit manky so I'll leave them for the blackbirds.

White argyranthemum.

Cant count the welsh poppy as the petals fell off yesterday and the next bud isn't open.

 I guess Verdun gets the  first cream donut of the year.


Posted: 01/01/2014 at 13:53

I like the new avatar, Fairygirl. You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince.

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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