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Posted: 07/04/2014 at 18:32

I'm not sure yorkshires count as one of your five a day, Kef, even in Yorkshire

Talkback: How to grow dahlias from rooted cuttings

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 18:00

Do you have a warm place you can put them? If so, I would pot them up into largish pots of a good  compost with a little added extra fertiliser. Then water and keep in a warm frost free place. If you do not have a frost free place, Wait a bit before planting out.

trying to identify this shrub, have tried with two pictures, hope it helps

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 17:53

Are these the same pics as last week.?

Can we have a close up of the leaves?

large gap needs filling

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 17:11

A buddleja will tolerate lime and quickly fill the gap. There are lots of different colours... pink , white, reddish, as well as the normal pale purple of the wild sort.

Or Buddleja x weyerana has orange flowers that go on until the frosts.


Posted: 07/04/2014 at 17:08

We just had the heavy rain, now its just raining. It knocked so much blossom off the plum and cherry trees it looked like it was snowing. I'd better go and rescue the kale plants from drowning. They were supposed to harden off, not learn to swim.

Looking ahead

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 17:01

It will be useful to make a list now of what you would like for next spring, and then in September you will have some idea of what bulbs etc you would like.

The garden centres will have lots of winter bedding such as pansies and polyanthus and wallflowers to plant in September.

Thompson & Morgan - issues!

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 16:55

Natalie, Could you indicate whether you think the above three plants are acceptable.. especially the one on the right.

Surely, even if you are really busy, it doesn't take much training of the packers  for them to be selective in what plants they send out, and substandard ones be held back for further growing on or discarding.

 I havn't written in to complain. Last time I did with some plants from you, I was told that"All our plants are capable of flowering in their first season." The blue poppies died before flowering, the hardy gerberas weren't hardy, and the Verbascum plugs were rotten when I got them.

I won't be succcumbing to the pretty pictures again.

Bay Tree trouble

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 16:47

It looks more like leaf miners burrowing through the leaves.

How to design my garden

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 14:52

I used the low tech method of taking photos, putting it in a plastic sleeve, and drawing on it with wipeable felt tip pens.


Posted: 07/04/2014 at 14:46

Clarington, some bread makes me bloat. I have found its the ones with soya in. (added as a flour improver) Also smoky bacon crisps make my finger joints swell. I reduced my arthritis rapidly once I realised that it was an inflammatory reaction to things I was eating.

When Ryton Gardens was first set up, I used to go and have my lunch there when I was in the area.  I got talking to Lawrence Hills and dropped that out, and he took me to see his wife (Cherry) shortly before she died. They both had fairly restricted diets because of intolerances to various foodstuffs. He explained how much their health improved with the right diet.  I hope you find the culprits soon.

I cut the first salad leaves of the new season yesterday. They were a lovely addition to a BLT. I'm not allergic to good dry cured bacon.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

bluebells at Felley priory.

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The glory of Daffodils

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Last Post: 08/04/2014 at 01:32

Talkback: Growing kale

This year I have sown seaweed kale,cavolo nero, and brukale. I sow one seed to a module in the polytunnel, then plant out 30cm or a foot apa... 
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Last Post: 25/03/2014 at 13:08

I am a sniffer.

What leaves do you like to smell? 
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Last Post: 02/03/2014 at 18:13

For hellebore enthusiasts.

John Masseys garden is open this Saturday behind Ashwood Nursery. 
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intended trip on Wednesday 12th February 
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unusual bird nest

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Last Post: 03/01/2014 at 20:21

Gardeners Freebies (for the cost of postage.)

magazine/newspaper offers of plants or seeds for the cost of postage. 
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Bug id please.

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Last Post: 03/09/2013 at 16:05

odd aquilegias.

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Last Post: 01/08/2013 at 14:22

tree bumblebees in a bird box

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Last Post: 14/07/2013 at 13:29

Oxygenating sprinklers.

Pure rain v ordinary sprinkler. 
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Last Post: 04/07/2013 at 20:59

How would you describe your garden?

typesof garden 
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Last Post: 14/06/2013 at 22:01

solitary bees

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