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Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 17:05
John Harding wrote (see)

Hi Deano,

I see you are using the new growbag trays from Hozelock. I've bought one this season to try it out & so far it's doing very well. Not having to water the plants for 2 weeks and a max/min water gauge in the tray is certainly a benefit. I haven't used growpots on mine though but the other plants in my greenhouse are benefitting from them. Will try and post a photo soon of the greenhouse with plants. Bit tired this evening as I have been on a long bike ride in the Forest of Dean (trying to get the weight down!) and just got back. Gardening's a whole lot easier than biking!

Here are a couple of pics of the greenhouse

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/25647.jpg?width=384&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/25648.jpg?width=384&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/25649.jpg?width=384&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/25650.jpg?width=384&height=350&mode=max

 

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 15:55

Geoff Hamilton used to make his cementitious products with something he called Hypertufa. Just type hypertufa into google and the search box should show various options as you type the name such as hypertufa recipe, hypertufa moulds (spelt the American way ) etc. [just had a look and there are 10 options]. 

I've also heard of mixing cow manure with a cement mix and throwing it rough cast in a haphazzard sort of way onto a concrete block wall as a sort of rendering. Plants such as wall flowers will then grow in the dried mix and make itv look completely natural. Must admit though, I've never tried it!

There is a you tube video you acn watch on making hypertufa as well

www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcRJ2XbPA3I‎

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Posted: 15/06/2013 at 22:33
nutcutlet wrote (see)

I was beginning to think they'd be blown over before they opened John

Ours very nearly were today: been out all day on a bike ride, returned to find a jasmine flat on the floor now needing tying back onto its trellis, and various other plants looking very dishevelled including runner beans that were a couple of feet climbing up the canes now completely unravelled and on the ground (no damage though ).

Discoloured Cabbage plants

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 21:08

How are your plants now Valerie? I treated mine with a little epsom salts, raked it in with a trowel & watered them and they've really greened up and have more than doubled in size in a week. John H

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Posted: 15/06/2013 at 21:03

Very nice too ntct. like the colour. We have some but they are still quite a number of days from flowering. They're usually almost over by this time in June. Will post some pics if they flower before Christmas!

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 20:56

Hi Deano,

I see you are using the new growbag trays from Hozelock. I've bought one this season to try it out & so far it's doing very well. Not having to water the plants for 2 weeks and a max/min water gauge in the tray is certainly a benefit. I haven't used growpots on mine though but the other plants in my greenhouse are benefitting from them. Will try and post a photo soon of the greenhouse with plants. Bit tired this evening as I have been on a long bike ride in the Forest of Dean (trying to get the weight down!) and just got back. Gardening's a whole lot easier than biking!

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Posted: 13/06/2013 at 16:52

Nice pics Singy, it's great to see other people's flowers and gardens. Are your toms ouitdoors? mine are in the greenhouse, plenty of flowers but haven't set yet!

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Posted: 13/06/2013 at 16:48

Common name as little-ann says 'pretty bonnets' often used to be called 'granny's bonnets' but botanical name is 'Aquilegia'

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Posted: 13/06/2013 at 16:39

Wow little-ann, fantastic pics. I love Aquilegia and those colours are something else! Brilliant. John H

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Posted: 13/06/2013 at 10:16
chicky wrote (see)

Wow - the Delphiniums have now really come into their own (they were a bit before their best at Chelsea).  Love that deep blue at the front.  Never been to GW live - is it any good John ?

Really enjoyed the show, particularly the RHS Flower pavilion. Main GW show halls were Nos. 17 & 18 and were very interesting but along one side there were a whole host of stalls that were nothing at all to do with gardening (selling everything from shoes, hats, dresses [for the ladies I might add], beads & bangles etc. As always food & drink at the show was expensive though there were a few stands where you could buy a reasonable size cup of coffee for less that £2.00 (just!). The GW Live tickets gave admittance to the GW & RHS halls and also to the BBC Good Food show which was in the adjacent hall 19 which was a bit of a bonus except that we paid them a visit which meant we missed a bit of the GW show gardens as we had booked seats at Matthew Biggs/Anne Swithinbank's Question time @ 1.15pm and Duimid Gavin's talk on his gardens at 4.00pm. Just a tip if you go by car, the car park is £10.00 & unless you have a car full it pays to park in [if it's free] or near a railway station car park and take the train which goes right in to the NEC. As an example the fare from Tile Hill, Coventry (around 8 miles away) is about £1.50 [possibly less if you have a railcard]. I certainly felt it was worth it and it made a great day out but my leg muscles are telling me I walked too much yesterday!  John H

 

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