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Latest posts by Gardenmaiden

Christmas lights in the garden

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 11:10

Very tasteful Tootles. We have the blue ones that look like icicles on the front porch round to the kitchen window which then cycle through a display. There is one house near us that always has a snowman display in their front window that looks nice. We take the boys for a drive around the roads nearer christmas as they like to see all the lights in the gardens.

Black Friday bargains

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 11:06

Felt I got a good deal on some tulips and alliums from the sarah raven website. Now I have to plant 100+ bulbs. Not forgetting the six pots of tete a tetes I got from Butters.

Dove, do you get their newsletter?

To deck or not to deck.....!

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 15:44

We had a crappy patio at the side of the lounge and OH decked it because it was not level and the top was paving stones with very large gaps between. We've since added more around the pond, leading round to the patio doors, incorporating steps, a raised bed and two beds in the decking. We have some long steps further down the garden and another square patio (our garden slopes downwards so it helps to get to the bottom.) We don't have any trouble with rats as most of it sits on hard standing and the bit that doesn't isn't boxed in.

You could paint your fence black and then fix trellis on it in a different colour, could be effective and give colour in winter when alot of plants go over.

To cut everything down, or leave.

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 18:15

My old next door neighbour had his hair in a very long plait. I was jealous cos mine hair wasn't long enough to do that. Some men look good with long hair in plaits, you've only got to watch Vikings to see that.

What are your favourite native flowers?

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 18:04

Foxgloves, freesias (nan's favourite and can't beat the smell), primrose.

Students after feedback on greenhouse ideas

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 22:14


Christmas Door Garland/Wreath

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 22:09

I managed to get a circle of polystyrene with oasis glued to it and I have used this for nearly 10 years to do a wreath for xmas. I use the foliage from shrubs in the front and back garden and add any berries from my plants. I must be doing a good job because the blackbirds try to take the berries.

Anything on your Wish List?

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 22:04

Ngcards - The Generous Gardener is a good rose from David Austin.

I would like the Persian Ironwood tree and the Foxglove tree

Tulbaghia - wow!

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 14:13

I did and it didn't survive, so they obviously need protection. Haven't seen one to buy again in my area though.

Fragrant tree

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 21:47

If its worse in the evening in summer then a jasmine or tobacco plants or night scented stocks and there is a viburnum that smells divine (in my garden but don't know the variety) to plant. Failing that, a clothes peg on the nose or breathing through the mouth is all I can suggest.

Discussions started by Gardenmaiden

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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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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