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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.

Spring Bulbs not flowering

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 13:14

thanks for giving it a name Buttercupdays - I always think of it as the base from which all other crocus were subsequently bred

Window ledge style heated propagator - any good?

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 12:17

I'm with you all the way tootles - we need a bit of encouragement at this time of year, and some of your stuff is bound to grow on - what is it they say? "better to travel hopefully..."

the only difference for me is that my seed trays are not heated....still makes your heart glow to see new life appearing...

Seed Sowing Time Yet?

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 12:12

I have lots of things planted now - all on my front room windowsill, using my "super 7" seed trays. Some are hardy perennials.  Dahlias are already up and should be ready to prick out in a couple of weeks time. I worry more about the tomatoes which can get very leggy if sown too early.  Because I am away a lot I have to time things very carefully, and need to know that there will be space - somewhere - for the transplanted seedlings as they grow.

Spring Bulbs not flowering

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 12:05

The bulk of spring flowers will come into their own in March.  My snowdrops are really nice now, and the first wild crocus open in the sunshine - no idea what they are - they selfseeded into the grass and they seem to flower for just one day, and then after  a few days they vanish.  The main clump from which they originated are not yet in flower.


Window ledge style heated propagator - any good?

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 10:56

Looks just like my super seven, except mine is not heated.  I have had great success with it and not had to worry about trailing wires or the cost of electricity.  My heated one (that I had before) brought the seeds on too quickly and then some seeds were up and others weren't and you had to choose to heat all of them or none.

I hope you are more successful than I was.

What flowers in February?

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 10:51 have some wonderful ideas there.

The French always decorate graves with pansies- the french word for pansy is "pensee" which means "thoughts".  I always take a tiny posy of pansies to place on the coffin at a funeral, and plant pansies in my garden to remember specific people.  They are not reliably perennial so if you want to keep them going you need to save a few seeds each year.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 10:41

how restrained you are Obelixx - even though I know the problems it is going to cause I got out my super seven seedtrays and set them up on the front room window sill.  This has to have been my best buy ever - one long base tray, a raised platform covered in a loose sheet of capillary matting and seven quarter sized seed trays with domed lids.  Then couldn't resist filling with compost and setting seeds...must contact my friend who runs a seedling B & B for me when I'm away to make sure she will be able to cope with all the stuff that will need looking after in March if everything grows!

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Are you gardening in France too?

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more seed sowing queries

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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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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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