hollie hock

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Request please

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 22:19

I still hover too Watery, it was useful. Unfortunatley without this now I often click on posts that I've read before and can't help or have no interest in. Not much serendipity to be found when you've clicked on something several times

Higgledy ....seed company

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 21:54

Haven't used them yet, but I have heard good things


Posted: 03/10/2016 at 22:27

Good show with the nemesia. I think mine were a Spring sowing, maybe March/April outside in one of my frames. I made the same mistake with some sort of phlox this year, pricked out individually and the results were disappointing.


Posted: 03/10/2016 at 22:11

Yes, I've just brought mine inside for the Winter


Posted: 03/10/2016 at 08:13

They germinated easily for me in a seed tray but I made the mistake of pricking out individual plants rather than growing them as a clump, so the effect wasn't that great

Planting cuttings

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 17:00

If you leave the ruddies and the helenium standing, you'll be able to collect your own seeds from them. The seeds will be in the centre of the flowers, just need to wait until they dry out

help with a difficult border

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 16:56

Primoses brighten up a shady spot and pulmonaria would do well there

Planting cuttings

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 16:50

It looks like you have some sort Rudebekkia, lavender and maybe a type of helenium. You can propagate in different ways. The Ruddies grow easily from seed or if you have a clump you can split them now and replant. I think the same goes for the helenium, not ever grown them from seed.

The quickest way for the Lavender is stem cuttings. All of these can be propagated easily but just not the way you tried

Lupin Aphid

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 18:03

I had these giant aphids last year when my plant was in a hot and sunny position.They arrived just as the flower buds were forming.  I tried again this year in a shader dappled light spot and I haven't seen any. Not sure if it's connected or not

Plants and shrubs used by local housing association

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 10:16

Best of luck, if I had to get another job, can't think of better one than gardening and getting paid for it!

Not much help on plant suggestions, although easy to maintain, evergreen shrubby things would seem the preferred choice. A lot of councils, HA like to promote their green credentials, so this could be another talking point for you in the interview. Here there's a lot of roundabout/roadside bee friendly planting schemes and much advertising of tenants improving communal gardens with planters of veggies etc. 

Most HA Councils have a tenant participation team of staff and many publish newsletters to tenants, under the name of community investment, sustainable communities etc. It will all be on their websites. Might give you some ideas of what's in vogue for them at the moment.

Due to the changes in the benefit system, the introduction of Universal Credit, a lot of these organisations are deeply worried about their income stream, the majority of  their income is from collection of housing benefit, so saving costs and long term value for money is bound to be a priority.

All sounds very exciting for you

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Seeds are up!

Always exciting 
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