Flower bird

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Talkback: How to grow sweet peas

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 20:13

Talkback: How to grow sweet peas

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 20:10
Interested in trying to grow sweet peas. Didn't do very well last year but going to persevere this time. Picked up some helpful hints but didn't think the video was long enough.

Busy Lizzies

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 17:08
Will give it a bash. Watch this space!!!

Busy Lizzies

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 15:42
I have just bought some Busy Lizzie seeds with the hope that they may be free of the disease that has played havoc with them this past few years. Does anyone know about this years busy seeds?


Posted: 25/01/2013 at 22:43
I look after a nursing home garden with raised beds ( about two and a half feet off the ground) , the bed with the shrubs in is well sheltered , more or less in a court yard. In the middle of all the shrubs and at the front of the display is ceanothus. It does well every year and I just give it a trim when it gets overgrown. Not had any probs with it, don't know whether that is because of its surroundings and the raised bed it is in bunny. It has shrubs behind it and at each side. The raised bed itself is about 10metres long . Sorry about all the detail but trying to explain the location of the shrub and maybe why it does well.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 18:29
Has bin very bitter here on the Wirral, temperatures going down again and has been snowing.

Seeds are up

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 15:35
I'm chomping at the bit to get started with sowing some seeds. Bort sum today when I was in town, probably too soon but will give it a go. My indoor cuttings are doing very well so will try putting the seeds next to them.
Was very hard when I was in the shops, so many bulbs, seeds, plants....wanted to buy the lot.
Also bort my GW mag today, drooled over it and every page was I wish, I wish I wish had a garden like that . But I haven't , so back to reality and my lovely little plot.

Been very cold here today.


Talkback: Garden birds in the snow

Posted: 24/01/2013 at 12:58
Hi Pippa, I enjoyed reading your blog. Our road this past week has been very icey, torville and dean would have loved it. I like the winter snow and all as long as we don't get a winter like the one we had a few years ago.
This morning I have been checking out all my plants and pots on my balcony (I live in a flat) like a mother hen. No casualties as of yet but was nice to go out their and potter around.
Even though I live in a flat, I am surrounded by trees, a wild garden and plenty of wild life. My flat is on the first floor and I feel I am up in the trees with the birds. They are all chirping a lot lately!
This week I saw the return of a Jay, haven't seen it since last summer, sometimes we get three. They are really beautiful. I have seen a black cap but not this year, never seen one before, we also get robins, sparrows, pigeons, thrushes, blackbirds, blue tits, finches, all types of birds, some I don't know the names of, but all lovely.
I hang feeders out from my window in the living room, filling them with mixed seed, sunflower seeds and nuts. Unfortunately there a lot of cats round here so I can't throw food out for the birds.
We also have a fox that comes up the road every evening checking all the bins and generally having a good nose around. It is a little bit on the skinny side though.
Today it's been nice to read what's on the website, especially your blog Pippa, it prompted me to write this, thanks.


Looking after an orchid

Posted: 24/01/2013 at 11:05
I think if it was me I would cut back on watering at this time, too little will be better than too much. While the weather has been cold at night I have been taking my orchids off the window sill and placing them in the room and putting them back again in the morning. Hope your orchid picks up again Lisa, maybe it's a case of sitting it out and hoping it wll pull through of its own accord.


A to Z of gardening

Posted: 23/01/2013 at 21:35
I think you could be right!!!

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