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Latest posts by Gardenmaiden

What is this?

Posted: 26/12/2014 at 10:18

Yes I'd heard you could eat certain varieties, but haven't tried them. The one I have produced fruit similar to that and the flower was white with the purply striped centre. Have not seen the birds try them so they can't be very tasty.

Where to put arch?

Posted: 26/12/2014 at 10:13

The end of your path looks a good spot to start with. What part of your garden get the sun the most during the day? It might be better side on with a seat under it, a nice place to sit in the summer.

I agree with Nut in trying it in various positions around the garden, as it may be best somewhere totally different to our suggestions. Look forward to seeing where it ends up.

Christmas from the garden

Posted: 23/12/2014 at 17:39

I found a circle of polystyrene with oasis glued to it some years ago in a florists, which is what I use to make the wreath, and cut bits of shrubs from the front and back garden to stick in it. I make sure the oasis is wet first and the whole thing lasts 2-3 weeks. It hangs below a porch light and is sheltered from the elements.

Glad you like it and I wish I'd taken photos of all the ones I've done.

Christmas from the garden

Posted: 23/12/2014 at 13:44

Made today with trimmings from the garden (cornus, choisya, a very tiny holly leaved shrub with orange flowers, chinese holly). The variegated holly literally blew in to my front garden yesterday morning so I've made use of that too.



Posted: 23/12/2014 at 10:26

What's the website called? My OH is interested to see it.

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 22/12/2014 at 14:42

Ooh yes, I'd like to have those please. And thanks for the info on the yellow one. I've left it because it is in flower long after the other buddleia. Do you still have my address?

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 22/12/2014 at 10:05

What colour would the little buddleias flower as? I've got one that seeded itself and a yellow flowering one that has seen better days. In my old house there was a row of them at the bottom of the garden, from L to R they were coloured fuchsia, white, pale lilac but big flower, pink, dark purple and orange globes. Wished I had taken cuttings, but my gardening knowledge and experience was in its infancy.

If you have any looking for a home, I'd like to have one or two.


Grapevine pruning advice please

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 23:07

We cut back the shoots that are very long and that seems to encourage lots of bunches in the summer. We're hoping to get enough to do a bottle of wine next year.

See you later work, two weeks off!

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 23:05

Compliments of the season to all and a more satisfying New Year in the garden.

Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 11:19

I am hoping the neighbours might leave her with us, I have been asked twice and said yes so we will see.

Discussions started by Gardenmaiden

Shrub ID

This has been growing in our hawthorn hedge and this year decided to be 12ft tall with read berries. I thought it migh be a pyracantha but not sure which one as there are no thorns. 
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Green tomatoes

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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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