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Talkback: Ants

Posted: 12/08/2012 at 22:07

I struggle too with the issue of ants. I have seen loads in the garden this year both red & black, they don't bother me. I don't seem them as pests, as from what I see they don't harm any plants and I'm sure they have their  beneficial place in the garden's ecosystem.


Posted: 12/08/2012 at 21:55

Hello, Clemantis Montana are very quick growers and will scramble over every thing. They can grow a lot, are hardy, but  very little maintainence, They are amongst the earlier flowering types.Throughout most of the year, mine has  an attractive purple (ish) stems & leaves but they do go to stick in the Winter.


Garden Gallery

Posted: 12/08/2012 at 21:40

Hello everyone,

Been out and about  and visited a couple of gardens. Lovely places and give you so much inspiration.

My favourite out of the two has been Dewstow- Hidden gardens & grottos, what a fantastic  place. For any one that is interested ............the garden was commissioned by Henry Oakely to the landscapers Pulham & Son, in the late C19th. After Oakely's death in the 1940s the whole garden was filled in and turned over into agricultural land during the war. The whole place was rediscovered in 2000 and the grottos dug out. I do remember Carol Klein doing a visit there, either on GW or Countryfile?

Here's some pics.............but they don't do it justice

 These are the grottos


Collecting seeds

Posted: 12/08/2012 at 21:03

Hello, I'm collecting seeds from my plants for next year too. I agree, keep  checking the plants and the seed pots, let them dry out naturally. Collect the seed/seed head in a paper bag and dry them out further. For me I would sow them quite soon after collecting if they are ready.

Foxgloves & poppies have thousand of seeds. My foxgloves seeds are ready now there is going to be so many of them. I plan to snip off the plants and shake it around, and I will still be able to grow some from seed as well. 

I collected some seeds of my ragged robin  a few weeks ago and sowed them........I've got quite few seedlings coming through.


What is this pretty plant, please?

Posted: 12/08/2012 at 10:50

lovely plants, I grew one from seed mistakenly thought it was a hollyhock Very easy to grow will be collecting seed of my one for next year


greenhouse vs coldframe

Posted: 11/08/2012 at 21:29

Hello cloud8,

I am a cold frame fan, I have had amazing results from both of mine, I've grown loads from seed. For me it's cold frames all the way. 

From what you say that you want to grow,you can do this in a coldframe, and at a very low cost and they don't take up much space and very little maintenance


.This is one of mine in Feb this year. It's been moved recently to make room for a potting shed.

Currently it has trays of perennials & biennuals grown from seed ready for next year. The other one has plenty of room for overwintering plants

Fork Handles

Posted: 11/08/2012 at 21:09

Hello everyone, a good Saturday night to us all I would like to add another verb into the dictionary: Roading- meaning to road. If I see a big flat slug I road it i.e. throw it onto the road.



Winter containers

Posted: 11/08/2012 at 20:40

I too have some empty pots to fill. Dove- I love grape hyacinths. Thanks for the idea

Winter containers

Posted: 11/08/2012 at 11:49

Some winter pansies?

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Posted: 11/08/2012 at 00:04

Just wanted to say that I used my GW 2 for 1 offer today, lovely

Discussions started by hollie hock

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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Cheap veg seeds

Are they worth it? 
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New garden

Some pictures 
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Leaving my garden

I'm moving 
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Problems with Private Messages

Can't see them 
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Hardy annuals

Autumn sowings 
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quick question 
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What are these? 
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Site really slow 
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What are these

Latest bargains 
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Another bee question

Nesting in floor of old shed 
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