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Hester Scott

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Cavalo Nero

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 08:58

I eat everything to the not so bitter end. Brussels sprouts keep sprouting all over. used purple sprouting broccoli from one year to the next. Mine is far from the best or neatest allotment on our small site, but I am the only one where there is something to pick and eat all through the year.

Morning Glory

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 01:47

They are poor for me outdoors, so I grow them in a porch conservatory, and after many years I now pinch them out to try to keep them as bushy as poss.


Posted: 16/04/2014 at 08:17

Shelly, wonder how you are getting on now, as I see your post was August.   Hillary gave good advice just now and I know it can be intimidating when there is a huge vigorous undertaking and you feel you know nothing.  Get physical help from a strong willing person and also work on a small easy area to give yourself confidence and enjoyment. Get a few packets of annuals and remember we all learn to garden in small incremental steps.  'Fraid this sounds a bit preachy and you are probably in a different place now!

Plant ID, updates and confirmations.

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 23:02

Think I really do know this one.... 5 is lamb's lettuce,  mâché, corn salad, different names,but same thing. It is a useful winter salad plant but doesn't taste of very much and seeds itself everywhere.  It has gone over with little blue flowers and then seed.  Ate some for supper this evening!

More Plant ID please

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 17:56

Foxglove,  could the second pic ever be of a sycamore.  Not v clear from the photo.

Plant addiction

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 10:08

Annuals aren't necessarily gaudy, and white cosmos inserted where needed into borders will connect and unify beautifully.  White or blue love in the mist is a joy, and. There is a great cream nasturtium which hides a multitude and climbs a bit too. The little trailing lobelia will fill edges and large planters and last way into the autumn the way only a few perennials do.

yes, , my flower beds do look bitty, definitely. But I think this goes deep....a bit afraid to follow too far.  Avariciousness anybody? Must have one of those?  What about the rest of my life?  lack of discipline?  Gardening tells a lot about a person.



Posted: 13/04/2014 at 09:41

Oooh! Verdun, wish I had your snail!  I paint them with nail varnish to check on their doings.  I could put a cat bell on yours so I would know she didn't wander too far.

Plant addiction

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 08:44

Delighted to hear so many bucking the received wisdom of planting in multiples!  

So many plants die out or just disappear or just don't suit it is a better idea to buy one and wait and see and perhaps divide when they increase.  Annuals are there to give the continuity and cohesion.  I always marvel at the serious gardener's ignoring of annuals.  They are the best!


Posted: 12/04/2014 at 08:26

Have been told that tiny root of a beet root can go as deep as six feet into the soil.  Not terribly relevant when the discussion is about seeds, modules etc, but just the sort of esoteric gem I love.  Makes all the difference when my allotment produce is iffy.

Talkback: Sparrows

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 23:11

It is a grief to me that neither sparrows nor starlins nest behind my fascia board after "improvmeets".  all so lively and characterful , and great to hear squabbling and chattering tho I admit it is very early in the morning.  I have not seen a sparrow hotel for sale yet tho outside my bedroom window is ideal as they apparently prefer an east facing wall.

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