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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 16:58

as I'm about to lose the end of the garden I've been moving the good soil from my veg plot down to the bit we will still have - it's very warming work so I don't think cold weather would worry me, but need to keep at it before the soil freezes.  So far I've shifted the contents of two large compost bins, but now it's the actual veg plot....but it's full of lovely fat worms....also potting up my favourite plants.  I've bought 1000 plant labels off the internet to label them all before they lose their leaves so that I don't confuse all the clematis varieties.  Please don't tell me it's the wrong time to lift clematis - I don't really have any other option.

Which tree?

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 16:49

does it have to be a tree? I have a lovely Osmanthus which is about six foot tall and much admired by visitors

Christmas presents for Gardeners

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 16:47

I just wanted a new border spade and a replacement watering can - nothing posh, lightweight plastic.  Then I had to go to B and Q and they had a really nice spade reduced to half price (I think they re closing down) so too good an opportunity to miss.  Whilst it was adorning the kitchen I went to dig something up and the shaft broke on the old one....so the new one is already in service. So what now?  Perhaps one of those hoses in a box that can be screwed to the back of the garage and puts itself away when I've finished watering.....unlike Wales we suffer from a lack of water most years......though some waterproof clogs might be nice right now as I've got a hole in my current pair, and for once we have had lots of rain.

Don't be scaredy cat.....

Posted: 03/12/2015 at 07:42

Lavatera Barnsley only lasted two seasons, but I have one or two mallows which selfseed and can be moved to the right place and treated as annuals.  I agree about Viburnum Tinus - why would you want it when there are beautiful scented Viburnums to be had.

Plant ID, please.

Posted: 02/12/2015 at 17:52

don't think it's nigella (love in the mist) because though it selfseeds everywhere it would certainly flower.  It reminds me of a hedgerow plant that scrambles through other plants and has tiny pink flowers - I'm sure Dove or Nut will know what I mean and set me right.   please...so I would be pulling it up too.

Fascinating discovery

Posted: 02/12/2015 at 17:46

I've had it happen on phlomis - plantlets growing out of the dried seedheads.  I think it is just a question of damp but warm weather conditions - quite a curiosity for the grandchildren though.

Any ideas please.......

Posted: 02/12/2015 at 17:40

hope you have more luck with oriental poppy than I have - it makes a fantastic plants, many tall stems and huge flowers which open the day before a rainstorm every year, which smashes them down.  They should be wonderful, but they seem to have a death wish.

Don't be scaredy cat.....

Posted: 02/12/2015 at 17:30

isn't it a good job we don't all like (or dislike) the same things!  I have struggled to get pink double japanese anemones to grow, they re so beautiful, but its the Phygelius which is for the chop.  It spreads by runners and pops up in places where  I can't get at it without ripping myself to shreds on Buff Beauty.  I have planted some in the Languedoc, high up above the house in the rockface so that you have to look up into it's flowers, and that's OK, but here in cold, wet England my OH has had to take an axe to the enormous root.

As for plastic plants - well I suppose it alerts us to the fact that a gardener does not live in that house!

choosing a greenhouse

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 10:36

Thanks everyone....any more tips welcome!

I currently have an ancient greenhouse, lifted over my neighbours fence and into our garden for exactly the reason Teepee says.  The neighbour had his house on the market and glass had blown out of his newish GH - he was relucrtant to replace it so I benefitted.  It has staging the length of one side and a very useful potting bench across the end.  It is not heated.

I've been on line and found one of those "Simply greenhouses" sites not too far from me, so I think I'll invite my best gardening friend for a day out in the spring which includes snowdrops, a pub lunch, and a magical tour of  several makes of greenhouses .  I'll let you know how I get on.

choosing a greenhouse

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 18:13

mmm - I have been a bit all inclusive haven't I!  I think I'm looking for aluminium, and I'm not looking for the cheapest on offer....for once, but then I don't have unlimited funds either!

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can anyone ID this plant please?

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