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Latest posts by Gardenmaiden

First Hellebore!

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 18:14

Just have the buds so far, one is a very dark burgundy.

birds in my garden

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 18:12

I've only seen one in my garden once, though I do get to see a pair of them in Wales where we go on holiday regularly. I would love to have the pair of red kites that fly over our garden to actually land in it, so I can see just how big they are.

Currently enjoying the solitary jay, hoards of blue and great tits and the bully boy robins. A couple of starlings appeared twice and three fat woodpigeons.


New To This!

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 09:35

We grow tomatoes, chillis and cucumber in our greenhouse, thought its mostly chillis. We start off our chillis from seed now in modules in a propagator and when they get a few pairs of leaves, we pot them up. My OH grows them in a heated greenhouse then until the good weather comes and then just waters twice a day and feeds them with something called Chilli Focus. Its the summer heat that gets the plants to flower (if you don't have them get some of those auto opening things that you attach to your greenhouse windows in the roof), and leave the door open on nice days and the bees and insects will pollinate the chillis for you, or you can pollinate the flowers yourself with a cotton bud. I grow a variety of cucumber called crystal lemon which look like orange sized yellow melons. They are very tasty and prolific. We grow all this in pots, not planted into the ground in the greenhouse.

Orchid problems

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 21:47

I have 7, 5 in the kitchen and 2 in the lounge. I treat em mean, and they flower, grow a new leaf, flower, grow a new leaf. Some of them don't flower again on a flower stem, but the two in the lounge are producing new stems from a stem that has already flowered AND also new stems from the base. I spray the leaves and roots with an orchid feed every 2 weeks when they are flowering and I just pour water on them till it comes out of the bottom of the pot as its advised they should not be standing in water. I've had my kitchen ones for 3-4 years now and will add to them if I find any I like. I haven't had any die yet. I also chop off the shrivelled air roots as more do appear.

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 16:04

After spending an hour clearing two beds of weeds and planting a redcurrant, a white currant and three different rhubarb's, on the way back to the house I notice that I had loads of seed heads for Watsonia. If anyone wants any of these seeds, please pm me. I got the original seeds from RHS about 6 years ago and 2 germinated so am pleased to have seeds to grow again.

fragrant flowers

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 10:53

Let's not forget jasmine, and there's also a viburnum that produces its flowers in the shape of a ball, its not 'the bride' its a different one (I don't know its name). I have it in my garden and in the evening its a really nice perfume wafting into the lounge in late spring/early summer.

fragrant flowers

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 23:04

Freesia has the most gorgeous scent. Its a bulb and worth a go.

Gardening challenges for 2015

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 18:42

My next door neighbours are moving in early Jan and in return for looking after their cat, of whom I put a picture on another thread, I am the recipient of an apple and a plum tree in pots AND I can help myself to any plants in pots in their garden  while they are on a short break. A good start to 2015. And to grow even more from seed for me and the reception garden at my boys school.

Garden programme on Sky 1

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 17:57

And for those that like trains, Great British Railway Journey starts on Monday BBC2 at 6.30pm, 20 programmes Mon-Fri on Southern Scotland railways.

Garden programme on Sky 1

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 17:56

No probs Chicky, I got next weeks tv guide today, that's where its all come from

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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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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Moses in the bulrushes

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What to do when the plant has gone over 
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