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Latest posts by Gardenmaiden

What should I do with my Flump-Monster?

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 09:45

If you don't like the lower branches, I would remove the smaller ones near the ground, but I wouldn't touch any of the others. You never see any tidy pruned magnolias even in show gardens.

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 08:09

Hi Lena

PM me your details and I'll put some together for you. I wouldn't mind some lupin seeds in return.

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 21:32

For anyone new to the forum or not, I have these:

I have these left:


Sweet Pea (red, pink, white, lilac) scented

Hollyhock (pink or yellow mixed)

Phlomis Russelliana

Francoa Sonchifolia


Acanthus Mollis

Allium Spherocephalon

Anemone (pale pink/ deep pink)

Weld Reseda Luteola (a yellow flower spike abit like veronica)

Inula (tall yellow daisy)

Leonotis Beau Apricot (Staircase plant)

Lychnis (I think) fucshia

Angels Fishing Rod (pale pink)

Verbascum Olympicum

Opium Poppies double red

Poppies peachy pink

Digitalis Lutea (cream flowered perennial)

Aquilegia mixed colours

Thalictrum Flavum

Harebell (blue and white mixed)

Watsonia (flowers are similar to crocosmia)

Cold and exposed garden

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 07:56

Toothache tree? Could we see a pic Obelixx. I've never heard of that before.

Black ants all over my acer.

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 21:48

Was going to say the same thing Dove, as they do the same my roses.

Garden overgrown with weeds

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 17:15


I would leave your gardening fabric in place and then just push back your topsoil and cut it where you want to plant, then put the topsoil back in place. I think what you suggest would save you and your niece a lot of hard work in the future and give you an immediate blank canvas to plan out what you want the garden to look like. Good luck!

Cold and exposed garden

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 17:08

Geraniums seem to survive anything weatherwise, so does phlomis russelliana and brachyglottis. I would think that any plants that tend towards having silvery leaves like convolvus, lavender, lychnis, lambs ears and cotton lavender would survive your windy conditions.

Subscriber edition

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 16:59

Me too, it usually comes a week before the date published in the currrent mag, ie in April it says May will be available on 24th April.

Help to identify plant plz

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 13:41

The purple flowers belong to a vinca.

Bargain Plants

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 09:28

I do that too. If it doesn't flower again this year, it will next year.

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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