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gardenning granny

Latest posts by gardenning granny

identify plant

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 15:53

I'm always confused between veronicas and perennial salvias (sages).....and then the teucriums come along and it all gets even more confusing.  I have to settle for the "plant with the lovely blue flowers"

Winter project

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 10:59

 not exactly a fairy garden fidget - but lots of fairies dotted around the grounds and a competition for children to see if they could find them all - not sure if it was only for last year or is a permanent exhibition.  Can't include more piccies as they seem to include a rather dumpy GG which spoils the sots!

It's my birthday

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 11:34

Happy Birthday Gemma - you must be well into that book now and ready to venture forth into the cold cold world....if only to check it's still there!

Orchid Help please!

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 15:21

It will depend what sort of orchids you have.  If they are phalenopsis (the most common ones sold in supermarkets and Ikea) they need to be in a light place, but not direct sunlight.  They cannot bear standing in water, so I stand the pot in a bowl and water from the top once a week.  Leave for an hour and then remove from the bowl, drain off excess water and put back in potholder.  When they have finished flowering (mine sometimes go on for seven or eight months) you can cut the bare stem back either to a new bud or back to the base if has dried out.  If you decide to repot do use orchid compost and mix with the soil already in the pot - it should be bulky to enable water to drain through quickly.

Some of the old roots will die back naturally, but you should get healthy new aerial roots appearing higher up.  I think there was an article on repotting orchids in the GW magazine last month - have a look and see.

Good luck.

Spring bulbs -too late ?

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 15:04

join the club Sunflower lady!

the ones I put in last week are already pushing through - don't forget to water them once you've planrted them.

cornus dogwood cuttings

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 14:54

I agree with Verdun - but this is the season to admire those lovely red stems.

If there are some going spare now is a good time to just poke them into the ground and some will almost certainly grow.

Euonymus europaeus

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 14:49

mine arrived in the garden by chance - where the birds perch waiting for the bird table.  I wonder if they might grow quiite easily from seed? preferably fresh seed gleaned from a friend's garden....cheaper than plants and probably at least as good a chance of succeeding.  I'll have a look and see if there is anything ressembling seed left on it...but don't hold your breath.

plum tree or pear tree?!

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 14:44

need to be aware that Victoria plums seem to ripen simultaneously, so you get the whole crop in the space of a couple of weeks - they are also very attractive to wasps so you may find them filled with wasps as you go to pick them - and covered  wasps if they have fallen to the ground.  We had to remove ours, despite the fruit being absolutely delicious, because of the wasp danger near young children.

I would go for a greengage - the most delectable of all plums and almost impossible to find in the shops in England.

I do have a dula pear tree though - williams on one half and doyenne de something on the other - really delicious and juicy,

getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 09:46

Blackbirds are having a wonderful time with the fallen apples - I was going to clear them away but realise they like them when they are going soft!  Green woodpecker still making a daily visit, and amused to see a tiny wren hopping from pot to pot .

NYD flower count 2015

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 09:18

Panda - 4th one is valerian - it is a semi-wild plant that does incredibly well for me here in England but also in my Languedoc garden, despite the dry months there.  It will grow about 2 footnhigh and become quite woody as the season goes on, flower its socks off and then selfseed too.  I cut it down when it gets really leggy, pull out the ones I don't want and enjoy the pink flowers in areas where not much else wants to grow!

Love the snowflake Garden Girl - I've got leaves but don't expect flowers for months yet!

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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Last Post: 07/11/2014 at 09:18

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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Last Post: 27/10/2014 at 15:03

guess who's hiding in my compost bin

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Last Post: 18/08/2014 at 21:39

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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