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growing plants over a shed

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 17:06

I hope they give you as much pleasure as my bargain did.  I bought a lovely purple clematis in Aldi this morning, for a shady corner in my garden.  It was £5.99 and sounds just right for the position I have in mind.


growing plants over a shed

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 14:31

I 'rescued' a climbing rose from the bargain corner of our garden centre.  It was weedy and tangled, and I took pity on it, planting it by my shed.  The tlc paid off to such an extent that it started growing like Jack's beanstalk.  It had masses of lovely little cream flowers, but I could almost see it growing.  Branches would arch out and snare people walking past.  No matter how many chunks I chopped off, it just kept on going, and even pushed its way under the roof edges to get inside.

We bought a new, bigger shed last year, and were forced  to dig out the rose.  Sadly, it hasn't survived the move, but it had a very happy life for many years. RIP.

Baby rats in compost bin

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 23:01

Field mice are cute, and no danger to anyone (unless they go for your throat!)

Baby rats in compost bin

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 20:40

I remember having some field mice in my compost bin, some years ago.  Sometimes, when I opened the lid to drop in some veggie peelings there would be a tiny mouse blinking up at me.  I'm sure that they thought I was God, dropping manna from Heaven

Watching seedlings grow

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 16:55

My grand-daughter gave me a packet of morning glory as part of my (grand) mother's day gift.  The 8 seeds have all germinated.  7 are doing very well, but one is 'failing to thrive'.  It's about 1/4 the size of the others, and not looking very happy.  I keep giving it words of encouragement, and hope it survives,poor little thing!

I bought a couple of those paper discs with seeds in, and potted them up in hanging baskets.  They have both started growing, after only a week. One in particular looks as though it is going to make a really good display.  Not bad for 99p each.  Much cheaper than buying plants, which I usually do.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 21:39

Gardening today?  Here in Wigan it's been blowing a gale since yesterday, with rain, and this afternoon we've had some heavy hail showers! All I've done is water the seeds growing indoors, and given them a few words of encouragement.  I went to my local garden centre this morning, to buy a pot plant for a friend, and the place was littered with overturned potted plants, battered by the high winds.


Posted: 31/03/2015 at 21:28

My small front garden is full of the purple ones.  They started off as just a few dozen, and have multiplied over the years.  They look lovely with daffodils growing among them, but create problems when I want to plant other things because of the masses of bulbs.  Passing on clumps to friends doesn't seem to diminish them.

Great soil from under compst heap! What to grow.

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 21:12

If you Wikipedia rhubarb, it apparently comes from Siberia, and they say that it thrives in cold wet weather.  The 'rhubarb triangle' in W. Yorkshire produces huge amounts of forced rhubarb.

Watching seedlings grow

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 12:15

I would have thought, by definition, wild flower seeds could just be scattered anywhere where's there is grass or woodland, and would grow.  That's what happens to self-seeding flowers in the wild, surely.


Watching seedlings grow

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 09:22

Looking at all these seedlings is making me jealous.  I don't have time to plant much, as my husband needs looking after.  I have no problem with foxgloves though.  They self-seed around the garden every year, so I just dig them out, and pop them where I want them to be.  The bees love them, and i love watching them diving in to get the nectar.

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