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NYD flower count 2015

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 10:27

An old friend up from Devon was marvelling at my robust carnations in flower and the odd calendula. Greatest surprise for me tho is a trailing lobelia in the cold greenhouse that's been in flower since June. It's survived 33F. Plenty of shrubs in floweer, but too wet to look today!


corkscrew hazel

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 15:14

Thanks a mill!

corkscrew hazel

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 09:11

I'm frightened of winter rock. Do I prune right to the join on the main stem? And can I just reduce the height of some bits?

corkscrew hazel

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 08:12

My corkscrew hazel has gone bonkers this year and looks very lop sided Any advice on pruning?

pansy and viola cuttings

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 08:34

seeds are by far the easiest. If you leave the plants they'll self seed anyway, but I'm being picky on mine and remove the seed pods just before they burst.

Update on last year's tomato problems

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 15:18

bought a collection of chilli and tomato plants from T&M this year, and one tomato plant turned out to be a potato, small pink elongated tubers, enough for a boil up!

Update on last year's tomato problems

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 08:23

I love gardener's delight, it never fails, and the Bjingo is good too. I always go for taste rather than weight. I was given some ruby tomato seed as they're excellent for drying, they're prolific in small oblong fruits and ripened first, but for fresh eating I don't like them, not juicy. But if anyone wants to dry them they're great. Am trying Big Red this year, enormous but only just starting to ripen. Intending to cook them up with herbs and onions and freeze the soup.

Monkshood problem .......

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 21:42

Watch out when cutting them back, they're very poisenous as I found out a few years ago when I nicked my finger when clearing them up.They grow like weeds here and are in full flower.



Posted: 10/07/2014 at 21:36

Mine are finished and I'm tempted to cut one of the seed heads and put it in the greenhouse to dry. Do you reckon he seeds will be viable and do they take a few years to flower if they come?


Planting out Sweet Peas

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 14:56

I tried sweet peas last year along with roses, but the peas swamped the roses and I'm keeping them out of that bed this year. Either grow the peas in giant tubs with a wig wam, or sit containers in your pea bed once they're cleared to give you some winter colour. You can grow any shrub in a pot or trough.

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