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Latest posts by Gardenmaiden

Astrantia major

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 18:09

Thanks Nut, I'll stick the pots outside and see if that frightens them into action.

Astrantia major

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 10:59

I've tried twice with seeds and had no luck on germination. They are indoors in multi compost and perlite and I've had them lightly covered with soil and uncovered but no success. Any suggestions?



Posted: 23/01/2014 at 08:37

It seems to work for me. I also have an acer bed infront of the shed with different varieties of acer in, and an azalea. They've been in for longer than the fruit and no sign of problems. I've also got a huge snakebark acer treated just the same and an acer I grew from a twig not far behind in height.

Outdoor Cucumbers

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 22:50

We grow tomatoes and chillis in the greenhouse and added cucumber Crystal Apple to the mix. We had a lot of round yellow skinned fruits which tasted similar to Asian pears, but not as sweet, but they were very nice.


Posted: 22/01/2014 at 22:48

We have blueberries growing next to strawberries,tayberries and gooseberries. We created a raised bed and just put ericaceous soil around the blueberries and this is their third year now and nothing has suffered by having two different soil types side by side. You could always dig out the soil and replace it with ericaceous, we've done that with other plants and nothing has died.


Posted: 03/01/2014 at 14:45

You could have Cleome which are annuals, or Cosmos, white campion, white Honesty, poppies, Camassias. In the shrub line you could have Choiysia, dogwoods, amelanchier

Plant Gift Ideas 60th Birthdays

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 14:37
Edd wrote (see)

Purple shamrock. for ether out door or in. You will be amazed and so easy.




Have had this myself for over 10 years. Flowers at least 3-4 times a year, very pretty plant.

You could go for a hamamelis, or find a plant with her name.


Posted: 03/01/2014 at 14:34

Have been growing tomatoes in hanging baskets - garden pearl, maskotka. Also in pots, costoluto fiorentina, tigrella.

I will be growing the costolutos again, along with black krim.

My granpa in law always used to grow these and did well with them - Alicante, Gardeners Delight, Moneymaker and Shirley


Talkback: Front gardens

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 10:58

There's still room for two cars, but one is now hiding behind all the plants.

Talkback: Front gardens

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 22:41

Our front garden was block paved, with steps and two areas laid to grass. Now 10 years later there are cornus, lavender, phygelius, sambucca, conifer, bulbs, primroses, choisya, pyracantha, comfrey, contorted willow, kerria, crocosmia, phlomis, digitalis, pinks, grasses, cyclamen, agapanthus, chinese holly, photinia. And I use these to make a Christmas wreath.

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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