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guess who's hiding in my compost bin

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 19:49

Just been round the garden collecting up those naughty slugs and snails who were having a field day after the rain and went to the compost bin - to find a grass snake curled up on the top.  It's one of those black dalek bins so it must have come in from the bottom.  Now I'm wondering if I can continue to add to the's the first time I've ever seen one in my garden.


Posted: 10/08/2014 at 19:44

mine weren'r ripe and dry last year until November - had never tried them before but somebody recommended sowing immediately - half in seed trays indoors and half in a pot in the greenhouse.  I now have an awful lot of  potted on seedlings.....and I believe they may take up to 5 years to flower.....I hope I live long enough to see a result!  I wish you luck.

Can You Identify This Flower For Me Please??

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 19:40

Yes I agree - gazanias - usually grown as an annual but have been known to overwinter in a sheltered spot in a mildish winter.  they need the sun but also don't like to dry out. lucky you.


Posted: 10/08/2014 at 14:35

decent soil?  My spare corms were thrown into a trench bordering the black currant bushes - never fed - never watered except by nature - generally ignored and I have a mass of flower....and I am on heavy clay soil.  I think they thrive on neglect - but agree that overcrowding of corms could be a problem.

If you are going to reuse what you've got, separate out the corms before replanting.  If buying new corms do check what height  they will grow to - my rampant Lucifer are nearly 5 foot tall and have spread rapidly, but there are many other lower growing varieties in all shades from yellow through to red.

Too late to sow.....

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 10:54

I still say there's no harm in sowing right now - seedpackets are notoriously conservative in their advice - lets face it, the sweet williams that flowered this year have just dropped their seed into the ground and that is going to grow without any help from me!

Most seeds will keep for several years, though germination rates diminish as the years go by, and parsnips - well they have to be grown from fresh seed.

Can you ID theese 2 plants?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 10:49

the pulmonaria is also known as american bluebell

I also have a variety called longifolia - much more compact and less rampant and gorgeous raspberry red flowers but you don't often see the varieties in the big garden centres

Our Silent Fliers.

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 10:42

Good to see that photo Mark - perhaps there's still hope for my white buddleija!

Giving my Sage bush the chop.

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 15:23

I always poke a few bits in the ground when I prune and they seem to root ever so easily.  I'm not sure it's not a bit like lavender though, in that you should not prune below a growing shoot .  I wonder how big your container is?  My sages are shrubs and need a bit of room.

Too late to sow.....

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 15:17

sweet rocket smells wonderful , especially in the evening, and the insects love it too

Can you ID theese 2 plants?

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 15:16

The pulmonaria has interesting flowers in spring which change colour as they mature, and seems to do well under my apple tree where it is rather dry and a bit shady.  It is rather prone to mildew, but can be cut back hard if it starts to look too awful.  The centaurea also is rather rampant, and sadly only blooms for a short while in later spring after which it sprawls and I cut mine back.

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