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Lidl surprises

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 10:14

If it's as good as almost everything else I get from Lidl it will be pretty good.  Their grass seed is excellent, and the granular plant food is half the price of branded makes - the only problem with that though is it is sold in cardboard boxes which absorb the damp in my shed so have to remember to decant into plastic containers.

Be interested to know what you think once you've tried it.

Seed Sowing Time Yet?

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 16:41

Oh Mark - beware the clivia! I hope you have lots of good gardening friends.   Last year mine was so top heavy I decided to repot it.  It split into five large plants - each seemingly as big the single one from which they had come.  I've managed to find good homes for three of them, and the other two have grown at a rapid pace to refill the pots to the size of the parent.  It's a bit like trying to rehome a batch of kittens.....there are only so many you can find room for!

Hibiscus

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 13:45

Thanks philippa - I'll have a go.  Incidentally the ornithogalum planted outside in France last autumn have grown enormous in both locations I was trying them. in....now hoping for flowers this year!

Hibiscus

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 07:48

Good advice already given.  My best one grows against the garage wall in front of three different clematis.

I saved some wonderful fat seed pods from my Bluebird last year - any advice on sowing?  I wonder if they need the frost treatment?  I usually just plant seeds I collect and see what happens but anyone with  experience could advise me?

hyacinths

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 07:39

What a lot of doom and gloom! I've got a huge clump of pink hyacinths under my apple tree after planting out just three flowered blooms ten years ago - they produce more and more blooms every year, a tad smaller I agree, and like all the spring bulbs they get fed with tomato feed after blooming until the foliage dies down.  The only downside is that the dying leaves are a magnet for snails....but then you know where they are and can pick off and dispose regularly!

The blue ones get planted around the basking hippo my fun-loving son gave me some years ago, to represent water, and cause a laugh or two from visitors.

 

New Clematis Armandii

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 14:30

I think this is one of those plants that either likes where it is or doesn't.  Against the odds I have one on a trellis exposed on all sides...and it thrives, even in our heavy clay soil.  But it is evergreen - never seen it without leaves - and full of buds right now.  I never give up on anything until after several months....or if the stem falls off when I touch it...I would give it a few months to see what happens - after all it wiill be concealed behind the other shrubs you planted there, which could just have taken all the moisture and caused it's downfall?

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 09:26

I always thought fieldfares were open country birds, but we always get them in the garden because they come to eat the fallen apples.  I have three ancient tree and just can't cope with the surplus (thats after giving away and juicing, freezing and turning into pies and crumbles).  In the end of leave a few heaps of apples in the garden - and down come the fieldfares.  I envy you your wide range of birds Heather....but we do now have two tree creepers if you can locate and follow them!

What am I?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 09:02

Agree - ceanothus - the colour of the flowers and when it blooms  will help identify which one, I find it an umpredictable shrub - I think it needs a bit of shelter from a fence or a wall.  In one cold winter half the shrub, by then very old and woody, seemed to die back but when I went out with a saw after a few months I could see new growth.  Cutting it back shouldn't have harmed it.

Window ledge style heated propagator - any good?

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 19:10

love the youtube Frank!

I'm sure most of us make use of plastic food trays, clear bottles and a bit of clingfilm - or is it just my "make do and mend" mentality?

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 17:18

that'l sort out your ants then, gardenmaiden - lucky you.

Discussions started by gardenning granny

Overwintering Gaura Gaudi Red

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Are you gardening in France too?

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getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

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where have all the avatars gone?

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help - bignonia - campsis radicans

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more seed sowing queries

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overwintering solanum rantonnettii

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how to grow Bignonia from seed

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anyone tried taking grevillea cuttings?

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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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huge-wasp-nest-in-the-hedge

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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