hollie hock

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Using a propogater as a cold frame?

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 19:20

Sweet peas do really well outside, inside they just get a bit weak and floppy.

To harden off them just gradually increase the time they spend outdoors over the next few days. I use cold frames but if you don't have one a sheltered spot outside once they are used to it will make them a lot stronger. Some people sow them in the Autumn, outside, no cover. I don't think they would need feeding at this stage


Lupins and woolly aphids

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 19:02

Thats an excellent price musher Have decided I am going to give them another go. The market here sells small perennials for £1.50. I'll have to pot them on and then see what happens


Posted: 16/03/2016 at 18:41

I'm really sorry to hear that GWRS, unfortunately that's the way it goes sometimes.

 Has the secruity of the site been improved if that's possible?

New coldframe completed, I'm very happy with this one There's been a slight rejig have a new potting on area too





I'm good to go to start sowing this week


Lupins and woolly aphids

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 18:19

Thanks for your replies, Lupins are one of my favourite flowers and the bees love them.  Maybe if I see a cheap plant around I'll try it out in a different spot, just to see if they come back.

I think I might have tried the washing up liquid on the plant that died, mind you it was covered in them by that stage


Lupins and woolly aphids

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 18:33

I've grown Lupins for a few years, last year I had my first attack of these. They came on mass and the plant collasped.

I love Lupins and would like to have one in this garden. The plant that died was probably in too hot a place so if I grow any again I'll be planting in more of a partial shade situation.

Is hit and miss with these things or is more than likely to happen again? I'm not going to use chemicals and it's doubtful I'll do anything organic either.



Posted: 13/03/2016 at 18:20

Well you've been busy on the seed sowing front anyway. Still not started here, but have got new suplies in. Need to dig out my seed boxes and see what's there. Might give larkspur another go this year and some snapdragons

I was tidying up one of the beds and saw loads of self sown achillea or possibly candytuff coming up, so will getting on with it this week hopefully

I don't understand vandalism GWRS


1960s 1970s inspired bouquet

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 19:49

Thank you all so much for your suggestions and thoughts You've given me loads of ideas and lots to research.

I hadn't thought about using a lot of colour but I like that idea and the tear drop shape. I'll have to look up all your suggestions to remind myself what they looked like. Just googled stephanotis as never heard of it, beautiful.

Thanks for sharing you mums picture Gardenmaiden.

Are there any obvious ones that will be a no no mid June?

This will be 2nd time around for me, older and wiser this time


Secret tricks of germination

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 09:55

Be careful when watering newly sown seeds and seedlings. I've found that watering from the bottom helps with damping off. I've lost a few that way. Some things come, somethings don't make it, but it's always good fun

1960s 1970s inspired bouquet

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 09:51

I'm looking for some suggestions for flowers that were popular in the 60s and 70s. I have had freesias and carnations suggested. Not to worried about the colour at this stage, but anything that goes with emerald green would be a bonus.  Any other thoughts?


crocus coming along

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 10:56

Looking great, crocus are one of my fav flowers. The more the merrier

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