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Latest posts by Gardenmaiden

What can I do under this hedge?

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 12:34

Very nice Obelixx. I have that weed problem with block paving. I do the same as you or I blast them with a blow torch. Its easier after its rained to get them out.

What can I do under this hedge?

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 11:57

I did what you did Fordy at my sisters house. She had a part conifer hedge and wondered what to do so I cut all the lower stems off to a height of 5ft and then mulched with lots of pebbles. Cats were using the area as a toilet and wasn't very nice so near to the house. Its a cat free zone now.

Like Obelixx's idea and would love to see a picture of the parrotia. Is it a tree or a shrub?

stock can i propagate ?

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 11:52

You can propagate by cutting roots (if they are thick) into 1-2 inch pieces and put in gritty compost or you can find a shoot and pull it off so that it has a 'heel' and then put in water till roots appear then plant out, or you can take some cuttings of shoots that don't have flowers and take off leaves and cut just below a leaf joint and pot up.

I'm sure one of these ways or a different one will work for you.

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 11:37

You're welcome Robyn. Remember to sow them at least 1cm deep, and be aware they do take ages to germinate. I've had a pot on the go for 6 weeks now and no signs as yet.


Posted: 03/04/2015 at 22:17

Anyone notice in last nights programme that they now have completely new gardeners working on the garden?

Balcony Gardening

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 22:12

Also depends if your balcony is made up of just bars or glass panels. I grew sweet peas in pots which then went up some plastic netting secured in front of a non-opening window. Also in pots Nemophila baby blue eyes and penny black. Also pelagoniums did well, 5+ years out of them.

Supporting plants

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 22:05

Never had to stake them and they have been between 2-4ft tall.

Oh what a beautiful spawning!

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 22:03

The upturned lid of a water tank, and also a potting tray.

what licence to sell produce do I get?

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 22:55

I've seen outside a few homes in Lincolnshire that people put surplus out and leave a box for contributions.

Not a happy Helleborus

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 22:53

Once the flower buds start appearing, you should cut the leaves down to the ground. If you watch GW that is what they do.

Discussions started by Gardenmaiden

Slipper Orchid

How to look after once the flowers have dropped off 
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Last Post: 14/02/2015 at 17:19

Bargain Buy of 2015

What has been your best buy? Mine was a flaming katy for £1.00 and a slipper orchid £9.99. Never seen one 'in the flesh' before so hope I can keep it going. 
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Last Post: 14/05/2015 at 07:12

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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Last Post: 18/12/2014 at 21:51

Green tomatoes

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Last Post: 19/10/2014 at 19:25

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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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 11:05

Moses in the bulrushes

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Last Post: 06/10/2013 at 11:09


What to do when the plant has gone over 
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