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Posted: 28/04/2012 at 13:24

Oh, no, just when i have got my tongue round Brachyglottis.  I think we will have to get used to change!!


Posted: 27/04/2012 at 16:20

Here is a male orange tip butterfly snoozing on a Dicentra "Stewart Scotsman" in the plants for sale section of the Bristol Bot, Garden yesterday.. Dicentras are great nectar source for butterflies and bees.  This one only flew off whenthe first raindrop fell.

Talkback: Plant envy

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 11:37
I know exactly how you feel, Andy. I have just fallen and bought Heuchera "Midnight Rose" while at the shops and have been worrying where to plant it all the way home. "Lime Marmalade" was easy and the caramel coloured ones looks superb among the bluebells. But very dark purple with pink spots? Perhaps i can pick up the pink in the spots among my primulas. Just like painting really. Perhaps art classes are the answer.

Salad leaves

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 17:04

Yes, thank you, I have been advised at the bot. garden to put my packets in a tupperware box with a sachet of silica gel and store them in the bottom of the fridge till needed.  I do like salad every day since I got in the habit while a student in USA!  It is so easy with salad leaves, not boring like lettuce even if you do have redones and crinkly ones as well as cos.  And salad leaves make better soup as the mustard and pepppery flavours are there.

Salad leaves

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 08:02

The packet I bought last year lasted the year and this year's should as well (over 1000 seeds.  Just says Packed for year end 2012 on back of packet.I know if I sow last year's cress packet nothing comes up so think oerhaps these salad things do have to be fresh seed..  Thank you for your concern.  I was thinking I might buy five packets.

Talkback: Growing salad leaves

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 20:18
Gracious, Pippa, the new directive from Europe which means we will not be able to buy mixed packets of salad leaves means I will have to buy several packets as you say, but the one packet kept me going all year last year so my bill for seeds will probably be ten times larger, unless these seeds can be saved for several years. Can they?

Salad leaves

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 19:49

I have just read the report that says salad leaves mixtures will not be available after this season because of a European directive.  Which means to get the scrumptious salads I am now enjoying i will have to buy many packets of seeds.  Mixed lettuce will still be available but this is not the same.  i love the peppery, mustardy, bitter and sweet bitefuls you can get from growing the mixture.  Does anyone know how long those kind of seeds are viable for as I am hoping to be able to stock up wth some packets?

Talkback: Holly blue butterflies

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 16:50
Oh, Richard, and it is too wet to get out in my garden today to see it all. Last year I had hordes of them in April but then we had that lovely weather, in fact a five week drought. I have seen orange tips and speckled woods in the last few weeks but no blues as yet. My garden has all the shrubs you mention, in fact loads of holly and dogwood and a solitary spindle brought by the birds, four pyracanthas and a large snowberry bush, so it is holly blue heaven.

Talkback: Tulips

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 12:19
I love species tulips, James. T. . . clusiana, sylvestris, Turkistanica, tarda, all thrive in my garden but Even I weep sometimes. The wind and torrential rain in Bristol last night has snapped the stems of my clusiana which have been delighting me these last few weeks. Serves me right for putting them right in the middle of the garden where I can enjoy them most. It seems like some shelter is needed.

Talkback: Growing salad leaves

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 14:46
Poppyfields, aphids do not like draughts so make sure your salad pots are in one. Also bring in any ladybirds you find and put them on an infested pot for a feast.

Discussions started by happymarion

Talkback: Trees for wildlife

Well done, Kate. Last winter was so mild and wet lots of sickly trees suddenly showed what they are made of. Trees and shrubs that had nev... 
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Talkback: Tomato blight and potato blight

The "Charlotte" potatoes I an trialling for Mr. Fothergill are harvested from the potato planter bag and being eaten. very delicious and a ... 
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Talkback: Growing tomatoes outdoors

Growing tomatoes indoors and out is a trial the Nation of Gardeners Project is doing for Mr. Fothergill Seeds. Ferline F1 is included in th... 
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Talkback: Sowing tomato seed

I have three gems of tomatoes to sow as a participant in Mr. fothergills Trials in the nation of Gardeners project, called "Black Opal". "Pi... 
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Talkback: Autumn goes out in a blaze of glory

My acer seedlings from the Botanic Garden which I weeded are all different colouring - salmon pink, rich toffee, crimson. pale pink and a ve... 
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clematis in need of identification

an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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Autumn colour

Celebrating the warm colours of autumn 
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Talkback: Didiscus coerulea 'Blue Lace'

One of my birthday presents was Kalanchoe "Bronze Sculpture" which is commonly known as the Paddle plant but this one has bronze colored tip... 
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Painting what you've grown

Letting other people see what can be done to immortalise your plants. 
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Summer has arrived

Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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picture difficulties

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Talkback: Gardening in Russia

Awww, it was the same for my sister gardening in Edmonton in Canada, James. It was amazing how much they could grow in their very short thr... 
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Spring sweethearts

The sun shone brightly enough for my tulips to open up,something that thrills me every spring. 
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Spring Spectacular

The Garden Sculpture Exhibition at the Bristol Botanic Garden  
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