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hollie hock

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What Type of Garden is Yours.

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 22:18

Mines a flower garden, trying to develop a county garden, have a very tiny veg plot too

good deal on cold frame???

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 22:10

Hi David, I'm a cold frame fan. Have you thought about making your own? I now have several made out off palletts, off cuts, metal frames from skips, plastic sheeting etc.

You could probably build one for much cheaper, bigger and much sturdier than the one you are thinking off.

This Forum

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 21:51

I have to say that I have found that some members want to control and moderate this forum themselves when it isn't theirs to do so. I think that the internet forums are really a reflection of true life, be it down the pub, in the office, or in the home. As people we are not going to get on all the time. As long as we all abide by the rules of the forum, we are free to post and say what we want we want.

I think the equilibrium should be shifted/challenged  from time to time, the status quo sometimes can do more harm than good.




Posted: 20/03/2013 at 20:48

blackest, really cool looking greenhouse, not seen one like that before

Seeds are up

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 22:49

Yes a completly different winter and early Spring this year than last. Might be better to leave things well alone until the weather is warmer and they have more of an established root system. I've left a lot of my wallflowers alone, a bit leggy but they are growing.


Seeds are up

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 22:26

Hi Sam, I have a helper who has been very busy.

I think you're right nut, about waiting for the cold weather to pass re pricking out. I think that's what happened to a lot my cleomes. I think I might have moved them too soon and they would have done ok if I'd just left them alone. Got a few that are still going.


Seeds are up

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 22:06

More seed sowing done here, white cornflowers, corncockles, morning glory, sweet peas,sunflowers, night scented stock, white echinencia, mallow and some more snapdragons, lychins and others. All got from seed swops here and locally and in the sales at 25p a packet last year

From the earlier sowings, overall not bad results so far, forget me nots are doing really well, looking like little plants. white snapdragons, got 3 survivors and are doing well. Wallflowers a little bit leggy but doing ok, with true leaves. Cleomes not so good lost some due to the cold weather.

Gardengirl really pleased that the false sunflowers are poking through, no sign of mine yet but they wont be long.

Good news Sam re the verbenas there's hope for mine yet, no sign of anything but they've had a bit of water and still outside.....45 is loads

So far the little lupins are doing ok

Seeds are up

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 23:24

Hi Lyn, I know the dilemma. All my other Lupins bar one are putting on loads of growth already. The ones I've put out are very small, 3 leaves, but had really good roots, I thought that maybe their growth was being stunted so they had to go in. I would say that if yours are large then they should be alright. To my knowledge they are fully hardy.

Nasturtums are very suspectable to frost damage, if you have a sheltered spot to move them outside to they might be alright. I've had some that I thought I'd lost to frost but did survive.

Seeds are up

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 22:50

Haven't sowed anything else yet..............might see how I feel tomorrow, I've got plenty to do.

Have planted out the rusell hybrid lupins that I grew from seed last year. They were generally neglected and in the coldframes/outside from last Summer onwards. Had a good root system on them so fingers crossed I might have some new Lupins in flower this year.

Seed Sowing

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 22:25

I start most of my seeds off on a heated kitchen window sill in a wilkos propagator  and then move them out to my coldframes to harden off before I prick them out to individual pots/cells.  I use some seed compost that I like and see what happens.

A of the success depends on the weather and the growing on conditions. Last year the Winter/early Spring was a lot milder so I've found that my seedlings did a lot better than this year. Having said that I've more than enough to be going on with  and the gardening year is still young

Discussions started by hollie hock

Jacobs Ladder

Do they die back? 
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What is this going to be?

Brown hairy caterpillar 
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Any one grown it? 
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So pleased

Hedgehog in garden :) 
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Sowing perennial plants

Which ones can I do now? 
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What are these?

Self sown flowers 
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Birds foot trefoil

In lawns? 
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Bowles Mauve

Too early for propagation? 
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Any one planted out their runners?

Plants getting big 
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Moonlight runner beans

Any one tried them? 
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Pickled Eggs

Advice needed 
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Couple of Ids please

Both pink one looks a bit like a carnation 
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How long to leave bag over them? 
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Is this a Clematis?

Not sure if it is? 
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Buzzing Shrubs

What are these? 
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