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Jim Macd

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Astrantia Roma

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 10:11

A quick Google shows there's a bit of confusion about Roma. You'll notice that both those links are for Roma. And annoyingly now my original ones are all flowering I have a couple which look more like the label than this does.  By the way, I wasn't aware of the soil affecting Astrantias and I doubt that's the reason but I was just impressed my OH was now thinking like a gardener.

Thanks for the reply

Astrantia Roma

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 20:12

Anyone an expert on Asntrantias? I bought Astrantia Roma a few months ago because I wanted some with colour. But now that it's flowering int's not really looking like the label. 

Cf. Mine's like the top one but the label is like the bottom one. Any ideas anyone? The OH suggested the soil?


Eek! Hedgehog in the pond....

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 11:22
Victoria Sponge wrote (see)

I'm glad you found it Alan, and it has recovered. Good thinking giving it some food to get its strength back up.

Perhaps a bowl of water left out for those with no pond or with steep sided ponds could help in case of future visits

I would be looking at why it couldn't clime out itself otherwise the pond could be a death trap for other h/hogs in need of a drink. I have a bird bath at hog hight for them, the dogs prefer that to water from the house so I have to top it up at least once a day.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 20:11


Hoary Plantain


Humble Cats Ear

Welsh poppies




Beetle ID

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 13:34

Beetle ID

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 13:26

I think they're Sloe bugs, Dolycoris baccarat, amazing looking creatures. Sorry I hate spell check sometimes, that should be baccarum

Acer Palmatum seeds

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 13:07

Most seeds don't do well, if they've been allowed to dry out. I know you think most seeds you buy are dry, however, they might look dry but they've been kept in sealed pouches to stop the moisture levels dropping too low. Home collected seed can dry out too much but you usually have more than enough seed to compensate. As nut says, sow fresh, leave them in a shady place in the garden until they come up. Many tree seedlings need one, two or more winters to break their natural dormancy and if the seeds have been badly stored that can induce a secondary dormancy. Lettuce is the best known example of this kind which is why you sow lettuce when it cool. 

Inarching update

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 12:41
Verdun wrote (see)

Always wanted to do grafting myself Jim.  Looks super neat job there. 

Thanks Verdun, you should give it a go then, it really isn't so hard at all..



LilAmbar wrote (see)

Well done.  I had a go at grafting last year and now have some healthy baby Nana's apple trees.  No idea what they actually are but I had to give it a go for H2B as his Nana's bungalow was being sold and the tree is now no more.

That's a sad story with a happy ending though. It's such a great feeling to know you don't have to lose those precious plants.





Posted: 14/06/2014 at 17:53

Yeah, I remember the program, I've probably still got it sky+'d but I'm sure you're question's been answered by stuartb3502. I've got some I bought years ago and I otherwise use prunings from shrubs and birch. 

Inarching update

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 17:44

Thanks Dove, you're welcome.

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