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Posted: 05/07/2015 at 22:21


Well the girls are better

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 16:14

And a few of those girls hold down two jobs as well, puts our mega wage men's team to shame.

Rats and Mice in my garden!

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 10:50

We have noticed a couple in our garden in the last month. We think they have moved into the pile of bricks, plasterboard, etc. on our new neighbours drive which has been there for a couple of months now. We have put down the proper bait trap and also the local cat community have been doing their bit to help too. We've never seen a rat in our garden before so are being careful.

beefstake tomatoes

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 10:44

Costoluto Fiorentino. Big tomatoes, lots of flesh. Good in a sandwich with cheese and also on top of cheese on toast. You could try Seeds of Italy (

Dahlia ID and Other Plant ID

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 21:14

Most are at waist height (I'm 5'3"). The collarette ones are chest height. I have a couple of spiky looking ones that have not opened up yet, and they are taller than me.

poppy seed harvesting

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 15:36

You have to wait till the seed head is brown and if you shake it you should hear seeds rattling around inside it. I'm not sure if you cut a stem and leave it to dry out, if the seed will be ok to use.

Dahlia ID and Other Plant ID

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 14:38

Great detective work and advice. I will give the cuttings idea a go in spring

Dahlia ID and Other Plant ID

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 11:57

Thanks Chrissy

Dahlia ID and Other Plant ID

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 11:21

These dahlias were bought as tubers but the packs did not have a name on them.

I also have a plant given to me by a neighbour, who said it was a honeysuckle, but when the flowers opened they look more like a jasmine, so any help would be appreciated.

 Pom pom dahlia, but which one?

 The above one I also have as a red variety with yellow 'petals' and pale pink with white.

 A couple more dahlias I just spotted on Dahlia Deck that need id.

 The white dahlia in this pic needs an ID



Unknown plant

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 14:33

Could be an Asiatic lilly.

Discussions started by Gardenmaiden

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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Last Post: 19/08/2015 at 10:46

The Instant Gardener

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Last Post: 16/08/2015 at 01:44

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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Last Post: 04/07/2015 at 21:14

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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Last Post: 13/08/2013 at 20:01
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