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Latest posts by Gardenmaiden

Plant advice for a very small shaded space!

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 10:36

You could squeeze in a tiny sempervivum in the middle of that space.

Indoor Gardening Troubleshooting

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 17:34

We use similar on our seedlings, but we don't have them on during the day. We have them on 2100 - 0700. Could that be a factor? Do you have a balcony to stand your plants on in summer and if you do, does it get the sun at all?


Posted: 22/02/2015 at 10:22

Hi Seil,

we had a heavy frost in Hertfordshire and the sun is just starting to come out. Nice front garden picture.

Seedlings under light

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 13:31

We have ours on a timer and it comes on at 10pm and goes off at 7am. It does seem to speed up germination for us.

Easy to grow/maintain purple and pink flowers

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 13:26

Geranium johnsons blue, ajuga, aubretia, bluebells, plumbago, perennial forget me not.

cheap but good

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 10:47

The roses on my avatar came from there and they were £2.00

cheap but good

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 10:46

You ought to get yourself over to Butters at Kellett Gate, its not far from Springfields outlet centre. They are open most days and they do cut flowers, houseplants of all sorts, bamboo, trees, fruit and veg plants, perennials and pots and bulbs. All very resonably priced. I'm going this Saturday.

Earliest gardening memories?

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 10:44

The perfume of roses take me back to the house my mum was born in. The front garden had a wooden gate with metal fencing either side and then behind that and down to the house was a low privet hedge. Either side of the path in a square were different standard roses in lots of different colours. In the summer we always had a bunch to take home. Most of the back garden grew cabbage, carrots, potatoes and rhubarb. We also used to go blackberry picking and mum or me would make some pies.

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 10:26

Haven't sent you yours yet delboi, sorting for you in a couple of days.

Homegrown Wedding Flowers

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 16:00

I have some digitalis seeds which flower a creamy white and the plant is perennial and multi stemmed. If you want to try it pm me. I can't guarantee you'll have flowers but if you start now you might have some ready in time.

Don't forget that you could still buy 3-4 bunches of white flowers and then have a couple of each spaced out in your table decorations, add your greenery and then any more flowers.

I was going to suggest white cosmos like Topbird and you could also try cleome, aquilegia, agapanthus, scabious, verbascum, ammi majus, nigella

And checkout Gardengirls recommendation as there are also seedlings and plants available.

Don't forget to check out places like B&Q, they always have a reduced rack tucked away and you may find some bargains.


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: 23/02/2015 at 10:39

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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