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Latest posts by Gardenmaiden

Plant identification

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 13:53

Could No.2 possibly be dianthus (carnation)? I have this in my front garden and your pic looks like it.

Chinese foxgloves

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 13:51

I saw this last Friday in a garden centre in Uxbridge for £8.99 so I went on Ebay and bought a packet of 100 seeds for 99p. It did look a very nice plant, taller than me too.

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 13:46

Will persevere, it might get better. Think its the last Autistic Gardener tonight. What a good programme this turned out to be.

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 13:46

Carol Klein's new programme starts on Monday at 7pm, a series of 4 episodes.

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 15:47

Starts today BBC2, now, Mon-Fri.

doves taking over

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 11:38

We used to have a large flock of starlings at our old house. We've moved walking distance and we get none now.

We have had a mum and three young magpies in the garden and the mum was dunking bread in the bird bath before giving it to the youngsters.

We do have a pair of collared doves too, but they are so nervous, they fly off at the smallest movement of anything.

We have one single woodpigeon we call Fred and also a permanent pair who are always trying to 'get their freak on' on top of wobbly trellis.

I have heard but not seen, a greenfinch calling and yesterday right outside the lounge a tiny bird which I suspect was a wren or a dunnock was making a hell of a racket.

Gardeners World taken off air

Posted: 18/07/2015 at 16:24

Think Beechgrove is back this Thursday.

Young Wisteria

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 21:21

We planted a smaller one than yours in our garden and we left it to grow. During last summer it grew to nine foot high and then about 4-5 foot left and right along wires and this year we had about 15 flower spikes. If it was a much bigger plant it would need pruning.

What kind of Garden injuries hav you had

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 20:20

Ouch Pete, get Savlon on it asap.

What kind of Garden injuries hav you had

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 11:46

I used to get a big blister from the secateurs when pruning, not anymore. Now I just wrap a compeed plaster round my thumb.

Scars - chickenpox ones and three big scars on my left hand from getting it caught between a large twig and a roundabout (the supposedly child friendly kind). Rough knees and elbows caused from running in the garden playing with 2 walking sticks (I was 4) and falling over in gravel - resulted in 4 massive plasters.

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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