hollie hock

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my weedy garden

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 09:11

Gorgeous pictures Buttercup days. Always a thrill when something pretty has self seeded here

Rose in pot

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 09:06

Not a rose grower, but makes sense to me and the plant looks really healthy

Moving/planting confusion

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 09:01

I suppose it might be that potted plants have more of a confined root space than they would do in the ground. So those that are already in the ground have a deeper root run.

Having said that, I'm moving things around all the time at the moment. I take as much as the rootball I can get, good drink in their new position and this generally works well. They might flop over for a bit but provided the new site isn't in direct sunlight when replanted they usually bounce back.

Plants with lots of green and emerging flowers I either leave or cut back before I move.  I think the general advice is spring and autumn is the best time for replanting. Sometimes it does depend on the plant. I've been growing a lot of honesty which has a large tap root so the plant can't be uprooted and moved.

Young rose in shock

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 21:31

My partner found a thrown out rose behind the shed which was still alive. It's been potted up in a large pot, had a good drink and a bit of blood fish and bone and it's growing

Plant id please

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 21:27

Forget me nots can self seed everywhere but they are easier to deal with than the alkanet. They make a lovely underplanting to almost anything.  I'm a bit of a fan of honesty but they can grow big

Houttyana cordata

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 21:18

I don't like this one at all. I remember digging it up from a large patch of ground in my first garden, smells horrible too. I wouldn't put this in the ground, not sure about the membrane idea. I remember it as a plant that grew from runners under the soil

Too many plants

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 19:46

Ha ha Fishy,me too. I grew a lot of bienuals last year and have started thining and pulling things out for the new ones

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 19:29

Spent most of the day outside, such a relaxing day Been moving things about quite a bit as some things had got very lost.  Been chopping back the honesty, think it will be a good addition to the compost pile. The seedhouse is emptying out slowly.

Mini Greenhouse/Growhouse

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 10:45

I use these and hand made similar versions. Yes you can start off seeds in them. I use a propagator lid to give the seeds some extra warmth, once up I take the lid off.

The main thing with them is make sure they are secured firmly. Many people have lost theirs in high winds. When it's warm make sure you open the flaps to give the plants plenty of ventilation.

Weeding My Boarders

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 09:16

I've not got so many weeds in my beds at the moment, I packed them full of plants last year so there hasn't been much light on the soil. For any that do get through, I use a long handled hoe to knock the tops off.

At the moment my hot bed is jammed with honesty, sweet rocket,sweet williams and bugle. Some will have to come out  once they have had their time but they have done a great job on surpressing weeds

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How much is enough? 
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Seeds are up!

Always exciting 
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Lupins and woolly aphids

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1960s 1970s inspired bouquet

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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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