Latest posts by Gracie5

July in the garden!!

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 15:52

Beautiful pictures everyone. The Meadowsweet is now blooming and smelling gorgeous in my garden. I think it would be perfect in a Summer wedding bouquet.


Isn't a thankyou in order?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 15:31

I don't actually get annoyed when someone asks a question and doesn't bother to return to the forum to at least say thank you.  But it would be nice to have some feedback from the questioner as to what they thought of the advice given and if it was helpful to them.

Coverage of Hampton Court Flower Show

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 11:42

I didn't know it was going to be televised because I didn't see any trailers for it. I missed the first programme so will have to catch up on I player. I am going to record tonight's episode so I can fast forward the boring bits. I'm looking forward to the item on Bees, although I think I have reached the stage where I know just about everything there is to know about planting for wildlife.  Glad Sarah Raven was mentioned on last night's  programme, she has done great work in promoting pollinating plants and raising awareness, but I will say the RHS have been very slow to catch up and are only recently talking more about the subject.  

Talkback: Aphids and their predators

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 16:00

I had a similar incident here when my next door neighbour got the exterminator in to poison a bees nest in their garden. They came into our garden to die, lots of them ending up in the pond dead.  My ignorant obese neighbours failed to realise that the food they gorged themslves on came about with the help of those very bees they killed.

Storing seeds

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 14:55

I've only recently started to seed sow and I always wondered whether I should leave them in the plastic bags, I always thought they should be in paper bags. Thanks for that, I will leave them where they are

Storing seeds

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 14:02

I've just had some seeds delivered in one of those very small sealed plastic bags. Is it ok to leave them there or should I transfer them to a paper bag?   


Posted: 03/07/2012 at 10:58

When you have decided on what variety of Jasmine you want, just ask at the garden centre, they will have lots of different supports to choose from.

Floppy Rose

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 10:52

I had a David Austin 'Pat Austin' growing in a large container and with a lot of their roses, the stems were far too spindly to hold the very large flower.  It must have something to do with the grafting process but it wasn't a good look and have since only bought more sturdy varieties.

Talkback: Native versus non-native plants

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 10:42

I've been gardening for wildlife for a few years and as well as creating a mini wildflower meadow in my garden I also buy non-native plants that are beneficial to insects, if it's beneficial any plant will do.  This year I've planted Pulmonaria's for the earliest nectar source for Bees and I've found that the open flowered Dahlia's are a magnet for them. It's only just coming into flower (everything here is so late) but I am very impressed with my newly planted Buddleia 'Buzz', the dwarf variety. It's the perfect size for any garden, I'm looking forward to seeing how successful it is in attracting butterflies. Will definitely be taking cuttings I think!!

Plant ID

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 17:00

I am also pleased to say that I have ordered Gilia tricolor and Phacelia tanacetifolia seeds, the latter is in the post as I write  

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