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Latest posts by Gardenmaiden

Mondays pop quiz!

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 15:41

Your top picture of 3/ looks like a hebe. I have pruned one in the past and it didn't look any better or sprout any sideshoots to bush out. Perhaps it might be best to move it.

choisya pruning

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 15:37

Hi, yes I prune when flowering has finished and I tend to do it again later in the summer as it does grow quick when you're not looking. The prunings are good in flower arranging or in wreaths.

Adding colour to grassy bank

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 15:34

You could add ajugas, geraniums, thrift, black grass, ipheion, sedum. My first thought was cornus but they can get large very quickly, though Midwinter Fire or Midwinter Beauty can stay fairly compact.

Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 15:28

Timperley Early 99p in a sale, two roots in a bag. Our house already has two other rhubarbs but I don't know which ones they are. I love rhubarb and need to get a mid season and a late one.

Any recommendations on what I should choose?


Distinctive Shrub/Plant

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 15:22

Hellebores are in flower in my garden, they could be an alternative. However, don't buy them from Wiseley where they are currently £17.99.

There are some nice crocus and snowdrops around too, and there is also primroses, tete a tete daffodils, pale pink scillas, violets

chilli peppers

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 22:29

Is there a room or an area where you could leave a light on a timer so that its on overnight? We do this with our chillis and they do appreciate it. If you have a standard lamp or similar you can put them under it would help the plants.

chilli peppers

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 12:17

I was just looking through the Feb issue of GW magazine and they have a 4 page article on chillies and peppers with tips and troubleshooting. Might be worth a read.

Strange Soil sucked out in lawn

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 11:45

If you're lucky enough to get starlings in your garden, they'll do the drainage work for you in their search for daddy long leg larvae.

chilli peppers

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 11:41

We sow our seeds at the end of December and put into a propagator under lights overnight. Our plants are about 8 inches tall and will be going into a heated greenhouse, along with the chilli plants we cut down to sticks and these are already producing leaves and in some cases, flowers.

The only downside is that the greenhouse gets packed with plants that are taller than me (5ft 3), and I have to pick them as my other half is colour blind.

We also use chilli focus and also something that my husband puts in the water for the plants called Superthrive, literally just a drop and it really helps with the growth. We also pollinate the chillis with a small brush, and leaving the greenhouse door open, we get bees in there too.


Climbers for my shed

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 12:49

You could try a potato vine (solanum). They have blue or white flowers and eventually berries. I have a white one that seems to be in flower all year round, attracts bees and butterflies. You could have some evergreen clematis, or a rambling rector rose.

On a different note, I currently have a woodpigeon bathing in the birdbath while it is also pouring down.


Discussions started by Gardenmaiden

Plant ID

Mystery plant at the bottom of my garden. I've never seen this before and it isn't something I planted. 
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Moses in the bulrushes

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What to do when the plant has gone over 
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