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Latest posts by Gardenmaiden

Chionodoxas and aconites - advice?

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 09:58

My chionodoxas are in a stone trough on a ledge outside the house about halfway up it. At the moment only the greenery is out, which looks like thick blades of grass. No sign of flowers yet but there will be. The little patch I have in the garden are not out yet, so I don't think its a problem, just have to wait a little longer.

Bulb advice

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 09:55

You need to wait until the dahlias start sprouting new growth and then plant in a pot. They don't need to be too deep in the pot.

When to move snowdrops

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 10:17

I've recently dug up a congested clump of snowdrops that were halfway to flowering. I split and planted them where I wanted them and they are all now in full flower. I tried planting 'in the green' and none flowered the next year.


Posted: 26/02/2015 at 10:15

You could try the Sarah Raven website as I've read that she's used these for culinary purposes, so she may sell them. I think its or

tomato seed germination

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 15:48

Yes, should've said that we have our compost indoors for a couple of hours to get warm before using. We use a propagator under lights and the earlier comment is generally our result for germination of 95% of the seeds we sow.

tomato seed germination

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 11:22

Hi you should start to see signs of life in a week, sometimes 10 days. It depends on the variety of tomato. I would sow a new batch if you don't see anything after two weeks.

Rats in the compost

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 22:48

I'm sure I have that stamp series.

Bargain Buy of 2015

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 10:39

Back to Butters at the weekend. Picked up three containers with the small irises in for £2 each, some herbs 65p each, pulmonarias £3.25 (never see any of these near me) and some dahlia tubers.

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?

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: 13/03/2015 at 15:59

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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Last Post: 13/08/2013 at 20:01
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