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Posted: 23/01/2015 at 13:47

Yes, it a euphorbia purpera commionly known as spurge

 Handy for ground cover in light or dappled shade

Looks good when accompanied with varigated hostas

When  cut it pours out a white latex substance that can be an irratant to the skin





My first greenhouse

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 23:11


i brought an 8 x 6 greenhouse with hort. glass from BQ last year . Got in a sale promotion and saved about £150 saving on the normal retail price 

it's not a bad greenhouse and quite sturdy, but took all day to erect .

Ensure you do a count of all the parts before comencing the build as it can be a bit more than frustrating if you have nearly completed but are missing a nut or bolt 



Posted: 22/01/2015 at 22:57

Sorry, thats not really answered your question . But it's still something to take in to consideration with Lilly bulbs



Posted: 22/01/2015 at 22:54

f there perrenial lilies then you can leave the bulbs in the ground with a light mulch over the top to keep them protected from frost 

Other  than that , a good granular fertiliser feed when the bulb shoots appear and they should not give you any real problems 


gardening for a living

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 23:12

Hi Kev

i am a professional gardener of 25 years. When I started it was a lot easier to get in to a so called gardening school . I did my groundwork in a local gardening centre and then did home studies in gardening techniques and design.

As other have said, you will possibly never be rich doing this occupation but if gardening is in your blood then it will be a pleasure everyday

i would not give up your existing employment at present, but look to get on a home study course in gardening 

best of luck

Easy Fill Hanging Baskets Advice

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 22:43

Hi Chas


Did you find my information helpful

Soil types

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 10:45



it could be that your neighbours acid loving plants have been planted in soil with added peat or ericacious compost 

My garden is neutral to alkaline but I have Pieris planted in there. I have just made sure that the hole you dig for the plant is bigger that what you would normally dig for the plant .I also add a mulch of ericacious compost around the base of the plant and then give them an acid water souluable fertiiser every month. I have not yet lost one yet do to my soil condition







Help! What can I do? My crocosmias have been traumatised!

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 20:47

I echo what Verdun says 

cut back the damaged growth and possible give then a good soluable feed and they should bounce back

Tought little plants

A week of rain = jungle garden!

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 20:29

Poured down here in Birmingham for 6 days constantly. I was close to building an ark

been in my garden today and the growth that plants have grown is quote incredible.

But with the rain comes an army of slugs that have nibbled at hosta's and even bedding plants

Question for you all - I have planted up some surfinas's in pots on the patio area. They have grown well with the weather but for some reason some small birds are ripping in to flowers heads. I am assuming this is for the nests, but it still seem strange 

Has anybody else experienced this with surfina's ?


worst gardening old wives tales

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 22:42

Must admit, not heard a lot of these. I was told by an old gardener that gardening was not a hobby but a life style and the most content people in the world are gardeners

Can't argue with that




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