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Latest posts by Gardenmaiden

Nandina domestica (heavenly bamboo) - does it do well?

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 22:14

I had one in my old garden, in clay soil. It used to flower profusely but it was only ever a central stem with 'branches' (not like tree branches) off of it. It only got to about 2.5 feet so I don't think it will grow to provide a screen quickly.

I was going to suggest pyracantha like Obelixx as it does grow fast, has flowers and berries. I cut mine back to an inch wide stem and now its 9 feet tall and screens from the neighbours well.

Children keep pulling up plants!

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 22:09

Netting, the small gauge so little fingers can't pull them up.

big plants or little

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 16:52

My front garden was like that Claire, just grass and nothing else. I used small plants, knowing that they would grow and that I could propagate or grow from seed if I needed. Now it looks like its always been there and was worth the wait.

big plants or little

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 21:04

I've always bought shrubs as a small plant, they have time to get their roots down and then grow to fill in the space. My little Choisya (18") is now taller than me 5'3" and covered in flowers and the perfume is marvellous.

Identification please

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 11:22

That looks like horticultural fleece that you cover plants with to protect from frost damage.

Membrane is generally black and you can get different densities to match your conditions.

shield bugs

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 21:43

They don't appear to do damage in my garden. They do like to sunbathe on my rhubarb leaves.

Oh no.....not again...

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 21:41

We do get earthquakes here, but they are minor.

Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW) also do good work in situations like this too.

Excess Plants

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 20:27

What Dorcas said. I discovered some tomatoes had seeded themselves so I planted them up and gave them to my nephews school. I'm going to do the same with surplus strawberries too.

When to plant hellebores

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 22:25

I've got 20 washfield doubles potted and when they gain abit more size I will be planting them.

Runner Ducks

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 18:21

I saw that too Poddington. Think it might have been Beechgrove.

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: 14/05/2015 at 07:12

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. 
Replies: 13    Views: 462
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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