gardenning granny

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Posted: 06/01/2014 at 12:13

Hiya Bob! I've saved seed from my plants this year and wonder if you have any advice as to when and how to sow them?  With most things I sow in a plant pot of multi purpose compost and cover with fine grit then leave either in my unheated greenhouse or on the kitchen window sill.  Any advice?

Bird feeders

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 20:22

wow fidget - you are lucky.  perhaps I should spend more time looking out of the kitchen window, but I still wouldn't get all those.  Do you have lots of trees nearby?

Bird feeders

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 11:32

Not a lot of bird activity here (Bedfordshire) at the moment - but pleased to see more sparrows than we have in recent years, otherwise blue and great tits, the occasional long tailed one, robins (up to 6 at a time) and the crows that remove large chunks of bread and the pigeons that hoover up at ground level.  We normally have gold finches and redpoll but they don't seem to be in evidence yet - perhaps it needs to get a lot colder?

Name this vine

Posted: 23/12/2013 at 16:48

I'd heap some compost over the root run area as a modicum of protection - if it ever stops raining - you are a very lucky lady.  All I inherited when I moved here was a rampant Russian vine which had to be removed, and a lot of self seeded apple trees, which likewise had to be removed before I could have a grassy area (couldn't aspire to "lawn" with three children).

Mystery prickly plant

Posted: 23/12/2013 at 16:43

lovely image Dove!

right now you could float down the road outside my house without taking your eyes off the road!

Mystery prickly plant

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 23:11

yes it's knowledge of what's safe to touch (or eat) and what's not that is really important.....and a bit of country lore, like the recognition of dock leaves when you've just discovered what stinging nettles can do.

Here I am complaining again.

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 23:08

hope you've got a decent log-burner

our weather man is threatening us with gales too, but hopefully not the ice and snow as my grandson is playing for open air carols on Christmas Eve

Digging out Monbretia

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 15:10

Did you say Lucifer was restrained Verdun?  Mine move themselves where they want to be and multiply faster than I can deal with!  There are few friends that haven't been given a clump.  But they are stunning in flower.  There are some delightful smaller varieties though which don't threaten to overrun the garden, like Emily Mackensie and Mistral.

The old orange ones stop flowering if they are congested but shouldn't be too difficult to lift and remove - they are not deep rooted, just persistant.

Sounds like a job for the scouts in bob-a-job week Joyce!  Best of luck.

Mystery prickly plant

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 15:03

prickly with berries - at this time of year one thinks holly!...or a pyracantha?

if you can upload a photo we may be able to help.

Do the birds like the berries?

Here I am complaining again.

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 14:57

gives us less to complain about here in UK!

don't want to make you envious, but todays sunshine gave me the chance to clear a bit more rotting fruit from the flower beds - mind you it's not very warm!

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guess who's hiding in my compost bin

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can anyone ID this plant please?

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seeds for drought resistant meditteranean plants

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how to get rid of it - and then will the wasps return next year 
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When can I put the geraniums out?

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