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Planting up my grandmother's abandoned grave

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 14:01

Hello, thank you for your reply - maybe I'll ring them first to check. Although I was told last time I rang that her grave didn't have grass on it. I can see your post now - for some strange reason you had ended up on my 'to ignore' list !!

Planting up my grandmother's abandoned grave

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 13:53

Help Dove! It tells me you've replied, yet the is no post from you to see.

computer says no 

shed base

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 13:52

Sorry, typos...meant to say raise the floor of shed slightly above the concrete base, to stop it siting on a wet surface and rotting faster. Bloomin' predictive autocorrect!

shed base

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 13:50

Why are you against the idea of a concrete base, can I ask?

We had some old concrete paving slabs that were going to be chucked out anyway, so we arranged these on levelled, compacted sand and mortared them in. Same sort of thing. We then stuck our shed on blocks, so it wouldn't be in direct contact with concrete. Has helped too reserve the floor if shed from rotting in the wet. 

How to get more than one flowering orchid stem?

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 13:46

Mine are not impressive at all. They look happy enough, as far as new leaves go, I hardly water them, I wipe leaves of dust diligently, occasionally give a feed bad always water them from the base by standing in sink for an hour, as was recommended to me once by an orchid specialist. Nonetheless, only one has a single flowering stem after almost a year and the other two nothing for over a Year. They are all in small pots, in their original orchid compost, away from direct heat, in bright light but no direct sun. What am I doing wrong?!

Another caterpiller to ID

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 13:37

Can't recall who it was on here who, faced with a photo of a very similar caterpillar, said it was the Toilet Brush caterpillar, most commonly found in Looe, Cornwall. Had be going for a few seconds too, before I started snorting with laughter. Thank you, whoever you were! 

Planting up my grandmother's abandoned grave

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 13:30

I've only just managed to find my grandmother's abandoned grave and am planning to visit it this week. She died back in 1977 and to my knowledge no one has been since, so I'm guessing it will be a bit of a mess.

 I've got all my heavy duty gardening tools packed in the car, and have bought some multi packs of yellow bulbs (alliums, crocuses, narcissi and mini tulips) to take along too. I'm also digging up some of my ajugas to take along, as they're tough as old boots and will spread happily, with minimal intervention from me.

 also collected many wild poppy seeds last year and was wondering, if I sprinkle them over the top of the grave, once in have planted the bulbs,raking in lightly, will the seeds germinate in spring?

Her grave is very far from me and I may not be able to get to it at exactly the right time to scatter the poppy seeds, so it would be good to be able to do as much as possible this Friday, when I go.

That's also the main reason for sticking to bulbs, which can be left alone to spread, plus ajugas. 

Has anyone got any other ideas about good stuff to put on a grave, especially when I won't be around very often to tend to it?

 

Cyclamen Coum

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 13:14

Cyclamen coum in the green are sold by Crocus bad by Long Acre Plants (who sell great plants for shade). I got my hederifoliums from Long A in the green, back in September and coum normally around now-ish. I found growing good plants directly from corns, very tricky with most corms giving up the ghost. Much easier with cyclamen of any variety in the green. Good luck! 

Hellebores

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 20:36

Have you had good experiences with them rich? Must admit that with finances being a big tight, the 20% GW offer is very appealing.....but I do see nut's point that specialist nurseries are great. they are so expensive though! 

Hellebores

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 20:33

I'm not sure Daryl, but I just emailed them that very question. I'd rather buy a bigger plant, I think, but know it'll flower in January 2015, as my gardens small and it would be nice to have some colour soon. Which ones did you order! The plug deals seem very reasonable. 

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