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Ginny May


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OK, who's got it?

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 01:55

When we were first married and lived in a block of flats in a nice area, I asked the residents committee if I could put a small flower bed in a grassy slope in the grounds and they gave me some cash to plant a few flowers. Spent all one Saturday afternoon doing it, and the neighbours stood around with a glass of wine admiring it afterwards. Came home from work on the Monday, and some so-and-so had nicked all the plants out of the ground leaving bare earth. Oh, and when my parents put a flag up one time strung between the pillars of the bay window of their bedroom when there was a street party to celebrate one of the Queen's jubilees, someone nicked it off the house while they slept - and that was up a steep flight of steps and on the first floor.

Talkback: How to take aeonium cuttings

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 00:51
Interesting that you say these are for growing in pots. We were in Cornwall 2 weeks ago, and visited Eden Project and Heligan, and I was surprised to see these growing in beds, and thinking of doing. the same. I wonder if they remain out down there all year, or are taken in in winter

Pansies all wilting :-(

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 20:47

Did you check for vine weevil, Sandra? They often attack the roots

Mystery Plants from inherited garden

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 20:28

Ah well, I wasn't sure bout the phlox; I did think phlox was supposed to have 5 petals, not 4. Will revise my naming of the one on my wall, so thank you!

Mystery Plants from inherited garden

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 12:02

1st shrub - could it be Chaenomeles(japanese quince) - if so, buds will have opened to bright red flowers. Or could be escallonia, as figrat says. Both worth keeping, trim back and remove dead wood.

Little mauve flowers - there was a large clump on a wall in my house when we moved in over 20 years ago and it's still there. I've always called it phlox, but I'm not sure that's the correct name

Mauve globes - "drumstick" primula

Fiery red flower - looks like a good colour mimulus, mine are all yellow and spread like mad, but very pretty flowers

Green plant which "looks like a weed" - definitely a buddleia, the butterfly bush, with most commonly long spikes of flowers, mostly purple but lots of other colours and sometimes globe-shaped. The purple long flowered sort self-seed prolifically round the garden, but are well worth having to attract butterflies and bees, and are easy to grow. can get quite big and woody - I wouldn't leave it in a gap in the paving.

 

 

Compost heaps and rats

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 23:41

No rats in heap yet, though we have had them in the garden after the birdfeed, and also droppings in the shed and gnawed stored birdfeed sacks and bulbs. The council put down bait for us.  However, we have had toads in the compost heap, which whilst I like toads in general, did give me a bit of a turn when getting out some compost to use.

Unheated/uninsulated greenhouse

Posted: 08/12/2012 at 19:55

On looking for solar heating for greenhouses, I came across a suggestion for painting a lot of cans black and sticking them together as a heat harvester

Unheated/uninsulated greenhouse

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 20:24

Thanks, artjak, will look into them and maybe drop strong hints to Father Christmas!

Unheated/uninsulated greenhouse

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 18:28

I like the ideas for plastic bottles and upturned terracotta pots, plumstrudle. My greenhouse dosen't have an electric supply, and have shied away from oil heaters as I don't want to bother with an oil supply, so will try this. I wondered about a small solar panel; have not seen one marketed for greenhouses, though I did get a solar-powered water pump which worked well for 2 years then packed in. Though I guess if you don't insulate, these might all be a bit futile. Perhaps a double-glazed greenhouse............

Unheated/uninsulated greenhouse

Posted: 06/12/2012 at 23:31

I spent  lot of money and time last year in trying to insulate our aluminium green house with bubblewrap. It's quite an old one, and the glazing bars don't take clips, so I painstakingly shaped it to the inside, like lining a dress, then fixed it in place with a combination of wire stretched across the green house and duck-tape. What a waste of time. Hardly any of my plants made it through the winter, I'd have been better off saving the money I spent on the bubble wrap and buying new plants in the spring! I did wonder if there might be any mileage in trying to stick the bubble wrap on the outside, but I guess the wind would tear it off. Half the trouble was that I couldn't get at plants to tend them. Anyone tried that?

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Talkback: How to take aeonium cuttings

Interesting that you say these are for growing in pots. We were in Cornwall 2 weeks ago, and visited Eden Project and Heligan, and I was sur... 
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