hollie hock


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Too late to plant Tulip/Daff bulbs?

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 21:38

Good news, the late ones I planted are also shooting through. Will consider some Tete a Tete for a shady bed that I have. Thanks

Has spring arrived for you yet?

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 21:25

artjak, I know what you mean, I'm just waiting for a prolongued bit of sun to open up all the lovely crocus. Nearly happened today

What about a seperate section for absolute beginers.

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 21:09

Hello, there's all sorts of experience on here. I like how nutcutlet puts it. I've had my garden for just over 2 years, but have been growing houseplant for years. I'm neither a beginner or an expert (who is?) just someone with some experience of what I grow. 

Have to say though as you've been on an allotment for over 40 years I'm sure you have loads of good advice and tips.

 

 

Primulas gone to seed

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 20:51

Hi Bob, thanks for the info. I wondered if they were insect pollinated too. I've can't recall seeing any bumble bees/pollinators on mine but it goes to show a lot goes on with out us seeing it. The primulas seem to have evolved with their long term success in mind. Very successful plants, I like the native varieties, started out as pale yellow but now who knows. A lot of the other colours are too garish for my taste. Will look out with interest for other colours. I like the science behind stuff too.

 

Opinions wanted

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 21:26

Thanks for all your comments. Have to say I'm surprised that generally that there is a consensus of agreement for the landlord on this case. The garden was part of the  national garden scheme of which the landlord knew about and actively promoted, even tarted up the property for the tv cameras. It just seems  crazy to me that a wild life haven that was created at no cost to the landowners was either ripped up or gravelled over at the cost of the previous tenants. The property hasn't been advertised as vacant or available for let yet.

I would have to correct you BB that this estate is not a public effort......far from from it. They are a private rural estate/landowners who have been renting out for 100s of years. I have no idea who "our lovely granny is" so wasn't trying to make any comparisons.

My final point would be that this landlord passes on the cost of maintenance and insurance on to their tenants.It's them that pays.

I do appreciate your comments, thank you

 

Primulas gone to seed

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 20:22

Good question Laurie, I've noticed several variations of colour in my wild primoses which I expected to be yellow, but have some that are pink and darker almost red types. All types of people with varied experience on here, great place to ask questions.

Question Bob, do these type of plants have both the male and female parts in order to pollinate and reproduce?  Which then give rise to all the different genetic variations. I'm assuming that these type of plants are wind pollinated. It's been a long time since I've done biology of plants, always enjoyed it in school but now as a gardener I'm much more interested.

 

Disappearing daffodils

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 21:19

So far here, I think we are going to get a better show of naturalised daffs on roadsides/hedges/banks that we did last year. You may be right though, last year the daffs didn't do at all well, it might take them a couple of years to recover.

All my spring bulbs are later this year than last

Opinions wanted

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 21:07

Hello everyone, this is a story that is a lot similar to another thread that has been running. I've posted it as this is very close to my heart. The daily mail link shows some really interesting pictures.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-21752014

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2292086/Couple-forced-stunning-20-000-garden-husband-struck-brain-tumour-ordered-rip-face-5-000-cover-gravel.html

Since the story has been run the estate in question has now retracted the £5k bill

This is not the "council" but a private rural estate.

Supermarket seeds

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 20:39

I would say yes, only just started with veg but have bought flower seeds from supermarkets in the past

Plants for either side of front door?

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 20:24

I have two lovely ferns in pots either side of my backdoor. It's a fairly shady spot but gets dappled shade.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/19806.jpg?width=800&height=350&mode=max

 

From a couple of years ago, the rest of the plants have gone but the two ferns are still there.

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