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Latest posts by Gardenmaiden

ID please…

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 12:12

Those seed heads look like acanthus, but I can't see any of their leaves so it might be acanthus spinosa.

Plant sales for school fundraising

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 22:35

Why not? Try all the ones local to you, and it might be worth saying 'so and so are donating x'. Maybe offer to take all their reduced plants or ones they have a glut of, off their hands

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 11:05

Hi VS could I have ice plant and evening primrose please. Let me know if you need my address again. Thanks

anyone started growing their chili peppers yet?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 11:02

Kept two from last year but started off loads in December. Plants are 3 inches tall.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 23:09

Verdun et al, keep your chin up. I lost my dad in a week after being diagnosed with lung cancer to pneumonia he contracted having a biopsy in hospital. Don't feel guilty, you're doing your best, and that's all a body can do.

Which Bamboo

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 22:57

You could try black bamboo, that definitely does 2 metres.

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 09:30

Pair of blackbirds, Fred our resident woodpigeon, dunnock, blue tits and the surprise of the morning a flock of goldfinches on a verbascum olympicum flower spike. They never come this far up the garden.


Posted: 22/01/2015 at 09:27

You could try Wales. Have a look at We have stayed in a stone cottage on a farm in Rhoslefain. Quite close to Tywyn, Barmouth and Fairbourne. There are 3-4 nice beaches and you can get them virtually to yourselves. And prices are reasonable.

birds in my garden

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 16:19

I'm in Rickmansworth and they have been seen in Hendon but tend to hang around Staines.

birds in my garden

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 10:57

This is what we've had over the years. We don't get them in the garden together, but the small birds tend to arrive on mass:

Robin, wren, dunnock, chaffinch, greenfinch, goldfinch, bullfinch, blue tit, great tit, coal tit, long tailed tit, blackbird, magpie, crow, jackdaw, jay, nuthatch, green woodpecker, great spotted woodpecker, lesser spotted woodpecker, woodpigeon, collared dove, feral pigeon, starling, thrush (both kinds), redwing, fieldfare, heron, sparrowhawk, peregrine falcon, blackcap, green parakeets, partridge, ducks.

Discussions started by Gardenmaiden

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: 13/03/2015 at 15:59

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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