hollie hock

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Do I need a greenhouse?

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 09:25

Hello Claire, I grow all my plants out of those mini greenhouses and home made seedhouses/frames. I'm off the same mind as you, I get loads of satisfaction and enjoyment from growing my own. 

Summer bedding plants are generally not hardy so die off in our cold winters. There's always exceptions to the rule so some people over winter those smelly geraniums successfully in unheated greenhouses.

As phillipa suggests a good place to start would be to get your head around annuals, biennuals and then perennials.

I've just sown some biennuals, honesty and wallflowers. I've sown them now and when they are big enough I will plant them out and then they will flower April/ May next year. Forget me nots are these as well,  I've found once you've got them they will happily self seed all over the place Foxgloves are another example of biennuals and good self seeders.

I've also got some perennials on the go that I sowned in March, these seem to take longer to germinate and sometimes particular seeds like particular conditions to get going.

Knowledge is just trial and error and learning your plants as you go Try and sow thinly, as given the right condtions I'm still amazed at how many plants you can get out of a packet of seed. If you do go for the plastic mini greenhouses, make sure they are secure they have a tendancy to fly off!

Have fun


can you tell what this is?

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 08:47

There seems to be loads of these about this year. Nearly had a face full a few weeks ago!

Clematis in pots

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 08:42

I have a montana type that has been with me or friends for many years. It's still in the large pot,not sure how I will get it out of there. This year I'm making sure it's having plenty of water and I fed it blood fish and bone and it's doing well.

Lupins and woolly aphids

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 08:29

Sorry to hear of your plants demise Bob Bob. I'm still checking everyday and so far no sign of them. Flower spikes are just starting to form, it was around this stage that the aphids descended last year.

Help! I need to know what this is before it takes over!

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 08:22

I had one of these self seeded in a pot, fast forward a year and I've grown loads of it. Bees love it and I find it easy to grow from seed.

seed sowing

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 14:07

Great foxgloves G Donkey,most of mine got eaten. I've sown wallflowers, some purple honesty and some catananche recently. I've not tried pinching pinching foxgloves out, most things get bushier

What is this weed ?

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 14:00

Argh! That's creeping buttercup, get it out quick! I used to have a lot of this in one garden. I dug a lot of it out but still had to go behind and use a topical weedkiller

I stand with Pansyface

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 13:34

Welcome back pansyface

Progress update

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 21:02

What on earth is happening here? I've read pansyface's recent posts about how she is struggling to read threads now the forum looks like this. She's got a valid point, it is a lot harder on the eyes. There's nothing disruptive or offensive in there that I can see. I don't understand this at all.

It's all very disappointing, after years of  no moderation here, a long term member gets blocked for what, I'm not sure?  

Take care of yourself pansyface, wishing you well

gallery of shame

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 19:37

Hi Cloggie, glad to have been of help. I think the brown checked colour scheme is due for a bit of a  revivial. There's a 3 seat G plan sofa under the purple cloth too

Best sofa pp, I'll take a pic of the other one once we've got in there

Just re read my last sentance, someone might get a bit of surprise if they opened it, or is that just me?

I'm intrigued by the bunk beds as well and will have to give Cloggies scarecrow a longer look

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