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Latest posts by Gardenmaiden

seed swap

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 11:38

Don't worry about it gran, something for us swappers to look forward to.


Posted: 16/10/2014 at 14:56

I've got one in the ground for 5+ years now. Its 'sheltered' by other plants though it does get frosted on its edges. Its survived 3 bad winters of snow in Rickmansworth, a known frost hollow.

help please as regards my dog

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 14:52

If you have to give oral fluids in a syringe, I know with young children they say you give from the side of the mouth to avoid choking.

Planting up my grandmother's abandoned grave

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 18:11

Hi Jess, not Hendon Crem by any chance? If not, this is one I go to on my dad's anniversary, and there are now alot of graves that are planted up with mixtures of perennials and annuals. The ones I noticed a lot were geraniums and also pelagoniums .

shed base

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 18:05

I think ours is on bare earth, but it is really dry. Under the workbench the floor is gravelled and the rest is paving slabs with gravel around the outside edge. It was there when we moved in and 10 years later is still ok.

How to get more than one flowering orchid stem?

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 22:21

I've got 7 I got when M&S halved the price. The 4 on my kitchen windowsill have produced a flower spike 4-5 times in 18 months. They seem to do flower spike, leaf, flower spike, leaf, though I have one doing both of these at once.

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 16:55

Hi Lyn

could I have some helenium, tall pink echium, Aster Ostrich Feather and Golden Berry cape gooseberry please.


Reviving an old slightly tired garden

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 10:01

Why not continue your decking to the wall, it would give you more entertaining space and you could still paint it as you said earlier, and have your raised planters built in. It would tidy your grass edge at the same time.

Reviving an old slightly tired garden

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 23:01

Looking at the shape of your apple, I think you can train it in a fan shape. You need to put up some wires to secure your branches to and trim any vertical shoots. If you have a side of your garden the gets all the sun, plant it against the relevant fence.

Ideas for replacement shrub needed

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 14:32

You could try eleagnus or pyracantha or a viburnum or hazel or cotinus (smoke bush)

Discussions started by Gardenmaiden

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: Yesterday 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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