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Latest posts by Gardenmaiden

Hi Everyone!

Posted: 06/07/2015 at 22:39

Hi Rainbowfish, just watch out for any rubble buried under the soil. I'm afraid its a common occurrence. But what a great space.

What has happened to my Tayberries?

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 22:32

I've got a tayberry and it has had fruit every year since it was planted. I just cut down the dead stems and tie in the new growth. It gets the sun for alot of the day and I just leave it to its own devices. I grow a blackcurrant, blueberry and gooseberry alongside it and they provide a bit of protection from strong wind.

It could just be the extra hot weather affecting it.


Please would you kindly identify and advise?

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 22:22

The fierce sun, I've had that happen to a false goats beard.


Posted: 05/07/2015 at 22:21


Well the girls are better

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 16:14

And a few of those girls hold down two jobs as well, puts our mega wage men's team to shame.

Rats and Mice in my garden!

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 10:50

We have noticed a couple in our garden in the last month. We think they have moved into the pile of bricks, plasterboard, etc. on our new neighbours drive which has been there for a couple of months now. We have put down the proper bait trap and also the local cat community have been doing their bit to help too. We've never seen a rat in our garden before so are being careful.

beefstake tomatoes

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 10:44

Costoluto Fiorentino. Big tomatoes, lots of flesh. Good in a sandwich with cheese and also on top of cheese on toast. You could try Seeds of Italy (

Dahlia ID and Other Plant ID

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 21:14

Most are at waist height (I'm 5'3"). The collarette ones are chest height. I have a couple of spiky looking ones that have not opened up yet, and they are taller than me.

poppy seed harvesting

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 15:36

You have to wait till the seed head is brown and if you shake it you should hear seeds rattling around inside it. I'm not sure if you cut a stem and leave it to dry out, if the seed will be ok to use.

Dahlia ID and Other Plant ID

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 14:38

Great detective work and advice. I will give the cuttings idea a go in spring

Discussions started by Gardenmaiden

The Instant Gardener

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Dahlia ID and Other Plant ID

I bought these dahlias in February and there was no name on what variety they were. 
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Slipper Orchid

How to look after once the flowers have dropped off 
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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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Green tomatoes

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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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What to do when the plant has gone over 
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