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A quick visit to Kew

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 11:20

I agree with scroggin on this point too. We as a family try to go at different times in the year to see what is growing. We recently went to see the butterflies and I must say that if you wear glasses, take a hanky as it is so humid, your glasses will not demist.

We also went to Kew a few years ago now, and were lucky enough to be given a tour of the Herbarium. It was the first time it had been opened to the public in 20 years. We got to see alot of the samples sent back by Darwin, and the staff could not do enough to answer any questions.

Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 18:16

Like your rhubarb sanctuary No Expert. Before the tiddlers came along we had a wildlife pond and I planted two Timperly Early rhubarb plants at the edge of it as a non prickly version of Gunnera (having had one at our previous house which was a vicious thug and I dug it out). The rhubarb are now surrounded with anemones, tulips, phlomis, poppies, hellebores, black grass, thalictrum and others. The rhubarb don't mind the cosiness at all, if the huge leaves and long stalks are anything to go by.

Advice needed for a ground covering plant please.

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 12:38

You could also try ajuga. They have bluish flower spikes and come with dark purplish leaves. I planted 4 last year and they have spread.

Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 12:33

It's obviously not the same as sneaking them, Dove.

We have a pair that visit daily. They both make heavy use of the birdbath, when the obese woodpigeons are not sitting in it. About this time of year we do get 3-4 males in the garden, but its Mrs blackbird who chases off the ones she doesn't like. She looks like she get stressed out when nesting as in summer she always appears with a huge bald patch on top of her head.

the vernon geranium company

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 12:28

Funnily enough I had a geranium catalogue and emails from them yesterday. I unsubscribed and binned it.

Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 15:46

You could use a large pot as I know they are expensive. I use something similar in shape to a long tom pot and it works.

Mondays pop quiz!

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 15:41

Your top picture of 3/ looks like a hebe. I have pruned one in the past and it didn't look any better or sprout any sideshoots to bush out. Perhaps it might be best to move it.

choisya pruning

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 15:37

Hi, yes I prune when flowering has finished and I tend to do it again later in the summer as it does grow quick when you're not looking. The prunings are good in flower arranging or in wreaths.

Adding colour to grassy bank

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 15:34

You could add ajugas, geraniums, thrift, black grass, ipheion, sedum. My first thought was cornus but they can get large very quickly, though Midwinter Fire or Midwinter Beauty can stay fairly compact.

Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 15:28

Timperley Early 99p in a sale, two roots in a bag. Our house already has two other rhubarbs but I don't know which ones they are. I love rhubarb and need to get a mid season and a late one.

Any recommendations on what I should choose?


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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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