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How do you dead-head roses?

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 09:49

I agree with Paul, and most gardeners don't prune low enough.    I was told the best rose pruner is a generous lady!      She cuts enough stem off to go in a  vase.   I used to just pull the flower head off, but doesn't that look awful.    All those chopped off stems sticking up!

What to plant around vegetablble patch?

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 09:45

We always plant a border of marigolds right round our vegetable plot.    We didn't use to but we were plagued with black fly.    Now we don't get any.     We always plant the single pot marigold, which comes in yellow and orange.     We get a lot of bees and other pollinating insects attracted to them, and the veggie plot looks pretty too.

Can you help me ID this flowering plant?

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 09:41

Just leave the seed heads on and you will have lots of them!

Autumn sown sweet peas

Posted: 13/06/2012 at 09:31

Great!   We need to nuture an interest in gardening in children.    I always wish it had been done wih me, although I did watch my Dad - just wasn't allowed to touch anything.   I'm a pensioner now, but if I had my time over again, I would try for horticultural college!

Autumn sown sweet peas

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 08:21

Oh, goodness me.     Still, life is one big learning curve, for you and your daughter!   I hope you were able to laugh about it later (after the tears).

Autumn sown sweet peas

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 06:01

Yes, I shall be trying the autumn plus spring sowing starting in October.    I am still waiting for a sign of flowers on mine this year.    Mind you, a little sun might encourage them but that is beyond any gardener's control!

give and you will receive

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 06:25

A swap shop would be a very good idea, Julie.

Help with identification please

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 06:23

Violets are pretty flowers but spread and take over.     If your third picture is a speedwell, take care, this can do the same!

Grass snake in the pond HELP !

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 10:07

This thread reminds me of the lovely poem written by D. H. Lawrence "A snake came to my water trough..."

give and you will receive

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 10:03

If you are too shy to knock on neighbours doors, but want to do a plant swap, why not design a flyer and put it through people's doors?    Then the only ones to contact you will be those who are actually interested.

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