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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/11/2013 at 10:29

and it's gloriously sunny in the corner of Bedfordshire today - just put the washing out and am going to enjoy an hour or two of getting the bulbs into the ground or into pots.  Hope it continues tomorrow as I am out walking...

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 17:20

Did the soup yesterday - very warming.  Christmas cake tomorrow too.

Did brave the windy wet to lift my begonias which still had big blousy flowers on.  Seemed a shame to cut them down but wanted to get them dried out and stored with the hope of a good show next year.  Haven't done begonias before but picked these up at 50p for three (got six) - hat a bargain - theyve been magnificent all summer.

Talkback: Flowers that endure in autumn

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 17:15

Yes the mahonias (charity) are wonderful this year - I have two that I can see from the kitchen window and the blue tits love them (they peck off the flowers) and they smell so good.  I also have something called schistostylus which is like a red freesia on long stems - beautiful.

2013 calendar

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 17:11

I shan't bother with it this year.

I have so many wonderful phptps from my garden and have them set to keep appearing randomly as screen savers, reminding me of past treasures.  What dothink of this one?  I grew it from seed and very proud to see its first flowers this year.  Sadly the scorching sun may have killed it off, but what memories in this picture!


Too late to plant bulbs?

Posted: 10/11/2013 at 15:55

Too late to plant bulbs?

Posted: 10/11/2013 at 12:59

Grape hyacinths always rise up to the surface.....I pop a layer of compost over them in the autumn....and do very well in my garden in France too (though I had to astop somebody picking them last year!)...they are almost a weed they multiply so quickly.

I tend to plant most bulbs in pots and then keep them in or behind the greenhouse until they come into flower.  At that point you can see where the gaps are in your garden and then just dig a hole and put the contyents of the pot straight in.  It's one of my few concessions to instant colour gardening.

I shall be up to the garden centres in the next few weeks to pick up their heavily discounted bulbs - did the most amazing planters last years when the GC priced all packs of bulbs at 99p, even when they had been £7.99.

Growing Callicarpa from seed

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 15:43

haven't tried it as I have a beautiful one in the garden already, but you would need to extract the seed from the berry (perhaps squish between sheets of kitchen towel) and then I'd piop theseeds in gritty compost and keep on the kichen window sill.  Alternatively I'd try a couple planted in a pot putside in the garden in case they need cold to to get them going.

In all the years I've had mine I've never known it to self seed, so I reckon the inmdoor option is your best bet.

Hmm ....if you neighbours grow over the front fence could you do a little pruning with your secateurs and plant the resultant cutting?



Dreaded Dandelions

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 12:25

I bought a lawn weedkiller spray and start in the spring with a quick burst to each rosette of leaves as soon as|I spot them.  If you do go the daisy-grubber route take a pot of compost around with you to fill in the resultant holes - in fact if you have heavy clay like me a nice gritty compost actually helps the lawn.

silly quotes

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 16:31


soppy date

dead dogs don't lie

gone to see a man about a dog

raining cats and dogs.....or coming down in stair rods

up the little wooden hill to bedfordshire

Gardening programmes

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 15:08

In this world of endless repeats please bring back the old Geoff Hamilton programmes.  So many good and practical ideas from someone who loved to sit and enjoy his gardens too.

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