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astrantia from seed

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 15:42

cotty.. i have struggled for some years to grow them.. but last year i harvested a load of white seeds and a colour i do not know as pinched seed head form osbourne house gardens and they have all grown.. have over 35 young healthy plants.

so each time i have tried differenct ways to get them to seed..

this time i sowed them in a tray soon after harvesting.. let them dry out for bit then seeded. kept htem in my greenhouse and kept moist.. and checked on them regularlay.. they stayed in my greenhouse in a shady bit under the shelving all winter long every couple weeks i would rough up the surface a bit and poke any seeds i could see back in.. they ahve stayed in my greenhouse the whole time even when it has been hot in there.. they have loved it.... in march time they started to shooting and i just pricked them out into a celluar tray when they got second leaves..

i dont know if this ws just luck this time or i have finally masterd it.. i do not know.. but that is what i will doing again this year.. as well as splittig them.. that i have been told is good too.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 08:53

@artjak... they get as big as you let them.. i keep mine well pruned each year so they dont get to large..

lovely cake birdy... yum (licking lips) just right with a cuppa rose lea and absoluetly right..both enjoyed sat in the garden breathing in all your acheivements.

Feeding meal worms to my nesting blue tits

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 08:49

yeah thos starlings are gannets.. really. noise and fight all time.. have loads of young again this year and they empty the two large feeders of suet pellets very fast.. sometimes i hve to go and shoo them off.. as it is madness.


Posted: 08/06/2013 at 11:58

i love the soft pinks and mauves with soft blues .. i have oranges and yellows in areas.. but find them rather bright.. so they are a connecting focus point along the borders.. and as already stated .. ones with russet colours on them blend the colours together really well.. from the pinks through the soft reds (dont like harsh) the russet ones blend it in.

i love greens and whites in the shaded part as they really stand out..

Whats moving our bird seed feeder?

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 11:51

in my garden it was the jackdaws.. stood and watched them one day.. and videod them too.. just unhookin them form the branch and droppin them to get the seed.

How would you describe your garden?

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 11:49

my garden well.... it started off as well kept.. now it is more self seed adn remove it not in right place.. and just let it do its thing... i just go round and weed and dead head and split and divide when needed..

i think i am more romantic/cottage style.. but i am always changing it each year.. as my ideas and loves change..

Feeding meal worms to my nesting blue tits

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 11:45

lovely pictures.. i feed the birds all year round.. have thought about mealworms.. but not really got anywhere to put them.. as all feeders are in the big apple tree.. and i have rooks and magpies that come round and pinch anything that is on a flat base.

i feed minethe choice of suet pellets (the most fav of all) sunflower hearts as well as shelled ones.. wild bird seed, nigera seeds and peanuts.. and finch seed.. and throw out halved apples for the blackbirds and thrushs..

not got room for much more..

blueboots.. my mum used to do this at her old house.. leave them inside the conservatory and he used to come in.. and when bigger bring the young ones in too. they are such lovely friendly birds.

i have a female blackbird that comes over when i am filling up the feeders and sits and waits for me to sprinkle some down for her.. she getting rather tame.. so gorgeous.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 11:38

a ha.. its a good excuse i think then.   note to self to practice harder..

Summer has arrived

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 11:36

all talking about roses.. i have never been a lover of roses.. but i think as i have got older my choice of plants has changed i have this year for the first time done fuschias.. i will add pic of them later.. all taken from cuttings i have taken as walking past gardens or been given by a friend who has them..

and i have also started roses.. we have two very very old ones in our garden.. pink flowers one very old fashioned rose full tight with petals and flowers continuously if i dead head it and one that has one lot of pink flowers and more open singular petal flower and only flowers the once..

they have started to get old and tired.. and one is in totally wrong place.. so last year i took three cuttings from each of them as i read on here.. and i lost 1 on one and 2 on other.. so now i can grow them on and plant out in new borders.. and dig othes up without worrying if they die in the move..

i will get some pictures of them and hopefully someone on here can identify the plants for me.. as i have no idea what they are called.

and maybe give me some ides for roses i can have that stay as bush form rather than climbers..

Summer has arrived

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 11:29

i love cleamtis.. but thye just do not like where i live... on top of the cliff with strong salt and sandy winds continuously.. i had many of them at my old house and brought some over with me when i moved.. 3 died and the rest i gave to my mum to save them going the same way..

she has her whole fence covered in them absolutely glorious site.. and they all flower at different times and look like they are moving down the fence.. if ya get me.. as they go.

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