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Talkback: Monty Don returns to Gardeners' World

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 18:07

Marshmello... does that describe what's between your ears, your legs or both?

Crocuses chewed off by squirrels/pigeons.

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 17:14

Thanks, Oneofseven. Unfortunately, not even a GH guarantees unmolested bulbs. Mice got in on several occasions over the winter and took a few bulbs. The losses would have been heavy if I hadn't put traps down (sorry to anyone offended by that).

In future, I'm going to invest in some small gauge wire mesh to put over the pots.

Crocuses chewed off by squirrels/pigeons.

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 15:50

Because of damage to emerging bulbs caused by squirrels,mice and the likely weather at this time of year (a heavy hailstorm has only just passed by) and the fact that I only glimpse the bulbs during brief forays into the garden (my OH/BH doesn't venture into the garden at all in winter), decided to plant all our new bulbs in containers. They have overwintered in the GH and come into the house or onto the patio as they begin to flower.

I realise that this may be depriving early bumblebees of pollen, but with the rain, hail and freezing temperatures recently, the flowers would have been a sodden mass beaten into the soil. This year, we are going to get enjoyment from early bulbs.


Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 11:26

3 Jays, one after the other, landed on pergola, had a quick look around and exited stage right (and no, it wasn't the same one doing a circuit of our house to fool me - I could still see the other(s) in a neighbours garden). Only ever seen single Jays before - beautiful colours, agile, elegant & seemingly effortless flight. Unfortunately, we have a thriving population of their rather less pleasant relative, the murderous magpie

Novice in growing hellebores - advice, please :)

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 18:43

If you find the prices at Ashwood are a bit steep (and you can bear to be patient), there is a strain called Harvington Hybrids available as plug plants at Click 'Hellebore Pot Plants' on the menu bar at top of screen.

I found a couple of larger examples at a local GC late last autumn for £5.99 each (Single White Speckled and Single Yellow Speckled). One is flowering already, the other not far behind - they appear to have outward-facing flowers and are gorgeous!



Green house

Posted: 28/12/2014 at 11:01

Wills - my GH is 10' x 8' 5". When I got it, I thought it would be plenty big enough for my needs, but it's true what they say - 'It won't be long before you wish you had got a bigger one'. The only reason it's so full, is that I have this habit of buying plants/propagating/sowing seeds before I have places in the garden to put them.

Resolving that is my number one New Year Resolution...again

Green house

Posted: 27/12/2014 at 17:49

My first winter as a greenhouse owner and it's absolutely stuffed full of cuttings (Lavender, Euonymus), late purchases in pots that I haven't found a home for yet (Cotinus, Cistus, Sarcococca confusa, Hebe Pagei, Cornus, Fuchsia, Campanula, Pulsatilla), seedlings (more Pulsatilla, Mahonia, Astrantia, Knautia, Libertia, various Alliums), Wallflowers waiting to be planted out in the first bit of decent weather after the New Year, pots of bulbs (Narcissi, Tulips, Crocus, Miniature Iris, Scilla) out of reach of the local Squirrel population, a potted Lemon Verbena, a potted Gerbera, a potted Restio (a South African grass) and a gift from one of my daughters of some young Verbena bonariensis that she bought at what must have been one of the latest plant sales of the year!. Oh! .. and some sweet peas.

I hope we get a nice early spring, because I've got to move these out before early seed sowing starts.

Movie quotes

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 15:06

'I think this boy's cheese slid off his cracker'  Green Mile

Movie quotes

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 14:47

'I think this boy's cheese slid off his cracker'

Nothing personal

I cannot wait for the first frost

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 18:57


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Discussions started by keepitlive

Is it too late to plant out Buddleia davidii?

lant out young Buddleia davidii now or overwinter in cold g/h 
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Collapsing Cosmos

Looking generally tired, foliage turning brown and crisp 
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Private Messages

PM behaviour seems odd... or is it just me? 
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First greenhouse - partition or not?

I would welcome advice on pros and cons of GH partition 
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Unthrifty Eryngiums

Lower leaves turning yellow, then brown and dried 
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Can soft fruit bushes be transformed by pruning into cordons?

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Is this an Escallonia?

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Cannot send private messages

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Tough shrub for shady, windy spot

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Will chicken wire keep moles out of raised beds?

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What is this?

Unknown plant appeared last year, now going mad 
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