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Latest posts by Gardenmaiden

Homegrown Wedding Flowers

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 16:00

I have some digitalis seeds which flower a creamy white and the plant is perennial and multi stemmed. If you want to try it pm me. I can't guarantee you'll have flowers but if you start now you might have some ready in time.

Don't forget that you could still buy 3-4 bunches of white flowers and then have a couple of each spaced out in your table decorations, add your greenery and then any more flowers.

I was going to suggest white cosmos like Topbird and you could also try cleome, aquilegia, agapanthus, scabious, verbascum, ammi majus, nigella

And checkout Gardengirls recommendation as there are also seedlings and plants available.

Don't forget to check out places like B&Q, they always have a reduced rack tucked away and you may find some bargains.


Should I level my garden?

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 12:16

Where is your patio going to be? It looks like most of your garden is level apart from the far two sides. If you are going to have borders on those two sides, it isn't worth levelling as once the plants are in and growing, the fence will be hidden and your eye won't be drawn to it.

My new planter

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 12:09

That is so good, you might get orders for one or two.

Slipper Orchid

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 12:59

I have a slipper orchid that has just shed its two flowers. The stems are sturdy, hairy and have no nodes to trim down to. What's left where the flower was looks like a seed pod that might be getting bigger. How do I encourage the plant to grow more stems and flowers?


Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 11:52

Update to the list posted earlier, here is what I have left now:


Dahlia Dwarf Mixed



Sweet Pea (red, pink, white, lilac) scented

Hollyhock (pink or yellow mixed)

Phlomis Russelliana

Francoa Sonchifolia


Acanthus Mollis

Allium Spherocephalon

Anemone (pale pink/ deep pink)

Weld Reseda Luteola (a yellow flower spike abit like veronica)

Inula (tall yellow daisy)

Leonotis Beau Apricot (Staircase plant)

Lychnis (I think) fucshia

Angels Fishing Rod (pale pink)

Verbascum Olympicum

Opium Poppies double red

Poppies peachy pink

Digitalis Lutea (cream flowered perennial)

Aquilegia mixed colours

Thalictrum Flavum

Harebell (blue and white mixed)



Posted: 14/02/2015 at 11:47

Perhaps it'll be one of those big candelabra ones. I get them appearing in different parts of the garden. I had one in the front garden and people did stop to look at it when it was in flower.

Is this raised border too small for black bamboo

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 20:26

How about arundo donax? Its a grass but the stems are so thick it looks like bamboo

Replanting blueberry bushes...

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 20:23

I've got Brigitta, Bluecrop and Earliblue which were in pots for 3-4 years. They produced some berries but didn't get going until they went into raised beds of ericaceous, and now they produce lots of berries.

Plant ID's please

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 21:49

3 If it has blue flowers it will be lithodora as far as I know.

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 16:20

I got harassed by a couple of robins on Sunday while tidying up. Green woodpecker is currently digging hole in the grass. First visit this year.

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. 
Replies: 13    Views: 441
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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