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Latest posts by fidgetbones

Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 09:50

For someone who doesn't like annuals, Verdun, you seem to treat a lot of these new perennials as annuals, moving them about, chucking them out, space for new ones. You seem to be more fidgetty than me.

 Can you list all the new perennials that you would not bother with again.

 I'll start with Hardy gerberas, which in my garden were a total waste of money.

I had some coreopsis in big modules last year, flowered magnificently all last year, then totally disappeared.

I've spent quite a bit this year on the new ecinaceas, I suspect these will be slug food when/if they reappear in the spring.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 09:40

The red catkin thing is Amaranthus hypochondriacus. It is a species from mexico, that I grew from RHS seed. It is also known as princes feather. The seedlings were variable, and I only planted out the most red leaved ones. Some were green. The ones planted out early got to 5 foot and then keeled over in a wind. The tassels are supposed to be more upright. I intend leaving them for the birds in the winter, they are formimg seed now. I will put them on the seed list later. Treat as half hardy annual,need heat to germinate. There are a lot of cultivars around in the seed catalogues that are shorter and have more dangly sort of flowers.

Planting red robin Photina

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 09:27

That doesn't seem to link . Its a web search for RHS , Photinia Red Robin.

Planting red robin Photina

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 09:26

The RHS advise against pruning after August. New shoots will be damaged by frost.  Plant in a well prepared soil, and prune down in spring. Look at this site for more details.


Posted: 17/09/2013 at 08:17

We could do with a thread with website addresses of current offers,share them around. Not everyone buys every magazine.


Planting red robin Photina

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 08:11

I hope they were cheap. They don't look very good specimens.

Nettle Fertiliser

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 08:08

Try  telephoning ecoworm Ltd in rochdale , they should be able to tell you if they have any retail stockists. There is a contact us page on their website.

can you save seeds from cut flowers?

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 07:57

no. The flowers will go mouldy in the water long before you get a seed pod. Best to buy new bulbs.

Bargain of the year

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 18:42

Lidl currently have 5kg of assorted daffs for £4

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 18:16

The Lidl near me has 5kg bags of assorted daffs for  £4. Good for naturalising or big areas.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

A walk at Attenborough by the River Trent.

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squash crown prince

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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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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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Felley Priory Bluebells.

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bluebells at Felley priory.

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The glory of Daffodils

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