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Astrantia major

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 10:59

I've tried twice with seeds and had no luck on germination. They are indoors in multi compost and perlite and I've had them lightly covered with soil and uncovered but no success. Any suggestions?



Posted: 23/01/2014 at 08:37

It seems to work for me. I also have an acer bed infront of the shed with different varieties of acer in, and an azalea. They've been in for longer than the fruit and no sign of problems. I've also got a huge snakebark acer treated just the same and an acer I grew from a twig not far behind in height.

Outdoor Cucumbers

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 22:50

We grow tomatoes and chillis in the greenhouse and added cucumber Crystal Apple to the mix. We had a lot of round yellow skinned fruits which tasted similar to Asian pears, but not as sweet, but they were very nice.


Posted: 22/01/2014 at 22:48

We have blueberries growing next to strawberries,tayberries and gooseberries. We created a raised bed and just put ericaceous soil around the blueberries and this is their third year now and nothing has suffered by having two different soil types side by side. You could always dig out the soil and replace it with ericaceous, we've done that with other plants and nothing has died.


Posted: 03/01/2014 at 14:45

You could have Cleome which are annuals, or Cosmos, white campion, white Honesty, poppies, Camassias. In the shrub line you could have Choiysia, dogwoods, amelanchier

Plant Gift Ideas 60th Birthdays

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 14:37
Edd wrote (see)

Purple shamrock. for ether out door or in. You will be amazed and so easy.




Have had this myself for over 10 years. Flowers at least 3-4 times a year, very pretty plant.

You could go for a hamamelis, or find a plant with her name.


Posted: 03/01/2014 at 14:34

Have been growing tomatoes in hanging baskets - garden pearl, maskotka. Also in pots, costoluto fiorentina, tigrella.

I will be growing the costolutos again, along with black krim.

My granpa in law always used to grow these and did well with them - Alicante, Gardeners Delight, Moneymaker and Shirley


Talkback: Front gardens

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 10:58

There's still room for two cars, but one is now hiding behind all the plants.

Talkback: Front gardens

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 22:41

Our front garden was block paved, with steps and two areas laid to grass. Now 10 years later there are cornus, lavender, phygelius, sambucca, conifer, bulbs, primroses, choisya, pyracantha, comfrey, contorted willow, kerria, crocosmia, phlomis, digitalis, pinks, grasses, cyclamen, agapanthus, chinese holly, photinia. And I use these to make a Christmas wreath.

How to tackle completely overgrown garden?

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 22:32

Definitely get your brambles cut down and rid of. It might be worth not doing anything to see what comes up as you may have a lot of spring bulbs and summr ones too. Turf might be a quicker option than seeding though that depends on your budget. You can trim any shrubs now and see how they turn out. I have a garden as  long as that, but mine had virtually no plants in it so I was fortunate. I agree with Steph about your orchard as my house is built on an orchard and has an apple tree in it as do the neighbours. You could find yourself with some nice and rare fruits for juicing, pies and cakes if you're into that sort of thing.

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