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Cornus Kousa

Posted: 22/12/2015 at 20:49

I have one in a raised bed for about 8 years. It does take a while for it to settle in. I had the first 'flowers' last year.

I bought the one that I could afford at the time, which was about the size of most dogwoods. There's nothing worse than buying a big plant only to have it die. I prefer to buy a plant that will grow to fill the space.

tastiest cherry tomatoes to grow recommendations?

Posted: 16/12/2015 at 21:10

I agree with Bob. Have grown Sungold for a couple of years in hanging baskets. Very tasty to eat when warmed by the sun.

I've also grown Gardeners Delight which were good too.

My grandpa in law used to grow Shirley, Gardeners Delight, Moneymaker and Alicante.

I also grow Costoluto Fiorentino. Its a large tomato but very tasty, lots of flesh. I grow it in a big pot outside where it gets the sun all day and I get good sized tomatoes.

what plants will you use from the garden as Christmas decoration?

Posted: 06/12/2015 at 10:17

Chinese holly, eleagnus, pyracantha, cornus, lavender, rosemary, euonymus, brachyglottis anything that has berries and flowers at the time of making the wreath.

Can't stand that song/Singer

Posted: 03/12/2015 at 22:20

1Runnybeak1 nooooo not Chesney!

Verdun, how about Last Night My Wife Hoovered My Head by Fat and Frantic. Yes its a real song.

Your eight 'Desert Island Discs' plants

Posted: 03/12/2015 at 21:04

Dog tooth violets, foxgloves, roses, geraniums, pawlonia, phlomis, persian ironwood, poppies

Book would have to be 2 - Brown and White and Brown Mouse by Frank Jennens.

Can't stand that song/Singer

Posted: 03/12/2015 at 21:00

If you like the Ying Tong song Verdun, you'll like the Postman song by Spike Milligan and possibly My Boomerang Won't Come Back by Charlie Drake.

"Show us ya baubles!"

Posted: 02/12/2015 at 16:22

When I've decorated the outside ones Wonky, I'll put a photo on this thread.

"Show us ya baubles!"

Posted: 02/12/2015 at 09:59

I have four. One in my dining room, one in the hall and two outside that are real Christmas trees bought from Baytree for 45p and grown on. Here are the indoor ones.



plant id

Posted: 28/11/2015 at 23:06

If there are garden centres in your area, go for a walk around as seeing the plant and name together will help.

Garden centre recommendations

Posted: 25/11/2015 at 20:49

Happy, where in North london? B&Q in Watford is good for reducing plants. I recently bought three massive pots of achillea for £2.5 each and a nandina for £5.

Smiths Nurseries in Uxbridge is another good one and so is Flowerland in Iver (these two are not far from each other).

Van Hage in Chenies is ok.

Aylett Nurseries on the way to the Galleria is a little pricey but good for ideas.

Further afield, Butters and also Baytree, not far from Spalding are good too. I got 2 callicarpa complete with purple berries from Butters for £2.50 each.

Discussions started by Gardenmaiden

What is this plant?

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A Grass, but which one?

I've had this in my front garden for a while but don't know which type it is. It might be a stip but its not Gigantea or Tenuissima. 
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The Instant Gardener

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Dahlia ID and Other Plant ID

I bought these dahlias in February and there was no name on what variety they were. 
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Slipper Orchid

How to look after once the flowers have dropped off 
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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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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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