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Talkback: Dung-flies and rat-tailed maggots

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 15:46
Good idea, Kate. My nettle patches are growing strongly now so i should be able to harvest some and leave the rest for the caterpillars till I cut them in June. I saw my first Speckled wood butterfly this morning - near my potting shed which is the back half of the garage. It must have overwintered there and I leave the door open during the day while I am home now so that the ladybirds can come out and any overwintering butterflies.


Posted: 11/04/2012 at 21:22


s 8,05pm and I thought it must be time to finish work for the day in my garden when everything took on a reddish hue,  One glance at the sky told me why.  I rushed for my camera and took those shots before it rained.

Pound shop plants- any success stories?

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 15:45

Roie plum is right, Eve.  You can prune most shrubs back hard, wait a tear and then it will be refreshed and give you glorious blossom.

Unknown Weed

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 11:43

Oh, Andrew, enjoy your celandines.  they do very little harm, are beautiful in flower, and disappear very quickly.  Just pull them out where youwant another spring flower to grow.  i am sure they do more good than harm by feeding insects early nectar and being the harbinger of spring according to Shakespeare.

Pound shop plants- any success stories?

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 09:30

I bought a "Bridal Wreath" spirea from our Pound Shop some yrears ago which is now giving a glorious display.  There bulbs, especially "Tete a Tete" daffodils have never disappointed.  Be selective in what you buy and treat them well, especially if they have been in the shop a long time, and do check they are still alive!  You can save a lot for run of the mill plants and bulbs.

Talkback: Grow something different

Posted: 10/04/2012 at 14:37

We must compare notes on the yellow pelargoniums,Susie.  Mine are growing strongly.  They were quite big plants when they came.  Of course it is not sad to name your seedlings.  The sad thing is to follow the herd!  I am sure Adam would agree.  The more indivifduality, the more biodiversity, the stronger the life on earth, including the human soecies.  Good luck with your celeriac.

Talkback: Growing woodland anemones

Posted: 10/04/2012 at 10:37
And I only have to visit the Woodland Edge Garden at the Bristol Botanic Garden where A. blanda, nemorosa and pavonina among other species are carpeting the ground right now. I plant A. blanda in the green and have been successful in getting them to establish quickly. I just put a rhizome in a small pot and plant out when the flowers appear. I do the same with the Lent Lily, Narcissus pseudo narcissus. It is not just snowdrops that benefit from this so it seems to me this may be the best way to plant all woodland edge plants for quick establishment.

Welcome to the garden design forum

Posted: 10/04/2012 at 08:49

Love it!

Happy Easter

Posted: 09/04/2012 at 20:14

Of course, there is nothing wrong wiyh dafforils - the woodland edge garden in the Bristol bot. Garden is looking glorious with its spread od Narcissus pseudonarciccus mingling with anemones.  But with the great many yellow primroses this spring as well i thought it would make a change to see some of the red flowers around this Easter as well.  Come to think of it I have never seen the flowering quinces look so great.

Lemon Tree

Posted: 09/04/2012 at 10:56

OOPs, one picture missing.  I will try again.

Discussions started by happymarion

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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My Golden Jubilee Garden 
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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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Last Post: 31/10/2013 at 18:38

clematis in need of identification

an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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Last Post: 12/09/2013 at 19:48

Autumn colour

Celebrating the warm colours of autumn 
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Last Post: 09/12/2013 at 17:31

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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Last Post: 05/09/2013 at 03:06

Painting what you've grown

Letting other people see what can be done to immortalise your plants. 
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Last Post: 16/06/2013 at 17:10

Summer has arrived

Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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Last Post: 25/07/2013 at 09:47

picture difficulties

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Last Post: 29/04/2013 at 22:05

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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Last Post: 08/05/2013 at 03:49

Spring sweethearts

The sun shone brightly enough for my tulips to open up,something that thrills me every spring. 
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Last Post: 31/05/2013 at 23:16

Spring Spectacular

The Garden Sculpture Exhibition at the Bristol Botanic Garden  
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Last Post: 02/04/2013 at 13:33

Talkback: House sparrows

In the eighties I used to stop counting at 20 when the sparrows descended on my garden. The wild patch og groud at the back of my garden wa... 
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Last Post: 03/04/2013 at 19:50

Gardeners World new season

How was it for you 
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Last Post: 20/03/2013 at 20:55

Talkback: Blind daffodils

You would not think from seeing the wonderful display our hellebores are putting on in the Bristol Botanic Garden that they once had the dre... 
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Last Post: 30/04/2013 at 22:51
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