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Memorial plant

Posted: 12/11/2013 at 16:19


there is a peony available from 'A wonderful Japanese type with bright pink guard petals that fade to a paler pink as the flower opens up. In the centre is a pompon of frilly ribbon-like cream stamenoids that have darker edges. Blooms for ages. Mid season.'


what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 10:55

cyclamen, penstemon, fuchsia, verbena bonariensis, gaura, anemone, chrysanthemum, red hot poker, orange buddleia, sedum, geranium. There was a red flowering sedum I saw at Great Dixter once, but didn't get the name. Anyone have an idea which sedum it could be?

Hard plants to grow from seed

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 15:37

We collect the seed and then you have to wash all the soft berry stuff off and let them dry. We then put them in the fridge for a couple of months and then pot the seeds. We get nearly 100% germination every time. We don't always get the black grass from seed (out of 100%, 70% black, 30% green), we do get some green ones too but they look every bit as good as the black ones. Give it a try nut.

Hard plants to grow from seed

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 15:03

Ophiopogon (black grass).


Posted: 30/10/2013 at 15:02

Hi Max,

we've just had our first frost so will be cutting all the foliage off and then taking the tubers out of their pots and standing upside down somewhere cool and dry for a few weeks. Then either wrap the tubers in newspaper or lay on some dry soil somwhere cool and dry. When they start to sprout shoots next year, pot them up and when shoots get to a decent height you can cut these for propagation, Carol Klein did this in one of the earlier Gardeners World programmes. Haven't had dahlias before so will be a first for me if they survive.


Bird Identification

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 08:39

We've had a sparrowhawk a couple of times, and a peregrine chasing a blackbird round the garden, but that was in our first year in our house and we've not seen it since. We have been told that there was a pair in the area.


Bird Identification

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 20:06

What does it mean if you regularly have a pair of red kites circling your garden? I saw one this morning dive bomb into a front garden and then take straight off again in front of my car. Lovely coloured bird.

Does anyone know what this is?

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 22:33

I've got that in my front garden. It has tiny white flowers and red berries for xmas.


seed share

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 20:03

Hi Nut

if you still have these left I would be interested in Verbascum lichnitis, Telekia and Libertia, thanks.

seed share

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 20:00

Haven't posted my list of available seeds as I've been collecting from my late mother in laws garden and need to sort them out with the hope of growing and therefore collecting more seed.

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