hollie hock

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Posted: 10/10/2012 at 20:21

Thanks Pam for this thread.

I love wallflowers, one of the first plants that I grew from seed, so easy to germinate and to grow on. Great for insects and lovely scent. Atlhough traditionally known as a spring flowering plant, I have had them flowering throughout the summer and now, I don't mean the Bowles Mauve ones ( although I have a couple of those as well)

I'm still learning with the perinnial types- I've been dead heading sporadically over the summer and I have fed them a little too.

Lokelani -mine have also been absolutley brilliant this year. More of a shrub then a plant. They are meant to be very easy to take cuttings of ..........something I should have got around to doing but haven't, maybe next year. I think they maybe alright for a 2nd year. I think trust your instincts, just deadhead and see what happens. They are meant to be hardy, good luck with the cuttings, I have left it too late now, but I do know what you mean about them  still being full of flowers. Like Gary I 've seen butterflies on them last weekend.

For those who have the space outside- I think that growing from seed is the very best way to get loads of healthy bushy plants very cheaply. Just prick out the growing tips after the you have a few sets of true leaves and they are off




Squash or Gourds ?

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 23:11

There is a tree icon above where you type your post. If you click on that a  window will then open and you will then see a button that says select- click on that. It will then give you choices of where the pictures are that you want to upload.You will then have to find the picture in "my pictures" as this is where you have saved it.

Once you have found it, click open and then upload. As long as it's not too big, it should then upload onto here.

Probably sounds more complicated than it is- give it a go, once you know how to do it is very easy

Gardeners World PDF's

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 21:37

Just wanted to ask this question- what if you don't have a phone with apps and don't have any interest in getting one? I do think that for subscribers the option of a  free download PDF should be a given.


Killing Ivy in a Hedge

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 21:16

My garden has one side with a hedge of sorts- mix match of stuff but it works as a boundary and as it's not in my garden, the neighbour has to cut it twice a year It does have some ivy under & growing through  it, I'm going to leave it be as I loved seeing the blackbirds jumping up for the berries last winter/spring


Gardeners' Question Time

Posted: 07/10/2012 at 22:13

I've caught a few snippet's for the first time over the last few months. I've started listening to Radio 4 lately.whilst I'm driving even giving audio books ago.............must be an age thing. There's some great stuff on Radio 4

Even listened to The Archers

Fork Handles

Posted: 07/10/2012 at 22:00

Hi geoff- had a full blown attack from her 2 weeks ago- very nasty, she smelt something on the air and then she just went mental. I had to sheild myself with my quilt after she really did some damage to my leg- I was just getting up at the time so had bare skin. I'm not a drama queen, this wasn't a swipe this was a full on cat attack. 2 weeks on I still see the damage although nearly healed now.

She was unneutered at the time so got her spade straight away thinking that might have been the problem. This was 2 weeks ago tomorrow. She then was fine until last Sunday and then it all started again. To the point that I was frigthtened to go in the house- left her for 3 hours with a window open( so she could go out of her own free will) as soon as I walked in,all the behaviour started again.

Yesterday was the first time that I spent time with her. I did think about some rescue centre but they all overrun with unwanted cats/kittens, I really don't think she can be rehomed especially to a house with children.

We've rigged up a great bed in the shed, with a heater, plently of food. I know don't think it's a hormonal thing,friends & familily who are animal lovers think it might be something else...........they have never  known anything like it


Fork Handles

Posted: 07/10/2012 at 21:25

Hiya, ventured out yesterday into the garden with her, that's the first time I have any contact with her for nearly a week, because the attack, 2 weeks ago, was so nasty I do have a  genuine fear of her now. She has been out of the house for a week now, but she isn't going anywhere. I pushed myself to go out out in the garden with her yesterday and it went ok, but I was still very much on edge. When I got over my fear, she was very affectionate but at time very on edge and defensive. At one point my OH came close to me and she started to wail in a nasty way.I just dealt with it by turning my back. Since I've been out yesterday she's been at the door crying to be let in- which I just can't do.Just like a kitten calling for it's mum. OH went out to this evening, very defensive. She's very stressed and so am I. Just can't see it improving but only getting worse. It's not going to work out especially as the winter is on it's way

Fork Handles

Posted: 07/10/2012 at 21:06

I really enjoyed SCD this weekend, seems that finally it's got back to it's original format of being a dance competition without the pantomine.  The forced standing ovations did get on my nerves as well as DB's constant use of the word yeah- but I think she is really good addition to the panel. Glad they are reverted back to previous shows on who stays on. I don't mind Craig- he is honest if some what harsh. As for Bruce, I can put up with him, he is true professional, he is over 80 and still hosting a live prime time slot- good for him.

Watched Hunted and really enjoyed it- might have to watch it again before next weeks episode just to make sure I haven't missed anything.

Also saw Prometheus today- amazing, brilliant film. As good if not better than Inception in my opinion. If you enjoyed Alien that you would love this- left me asking loads of questions.

@geoff- disco tent- made me chuckle.

Not going so well with shed cat- some difficult decisions have been made

Long-handled bulb planter

Posted: 07/10/2012 at 20:07

Have to agree, Monty's looked really good

shady plants

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 23:11

I have been developing a  very shady area, woodland plants do very well. I would suggest all the lovely spring plants that you can grow from bulbs. I think it's always the best route to try and imitate nature. Crocus, snowdrops, bluebells, foxgloves and forget me not, really hardy but reproduce or self seed every year so they are sustainable for a  minimal cost.


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