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Talkback: Growing lupins

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 13:09

I'm confused

Just how 'short-lived' are they supposed to be ?  I've had the same pink and white Lupin in my garden for over 9 years, and it's travelled to 3 different gardens with me.  It's now found it's forever home, so I'll be disappointed if it suddenly decides to die, as it's going great-guns this year  I too love to see the bumblies on the flowers, the way they settle on the bottom of the flower and it just drops down so they can get inside to all the goodies is fascinating to watch.

goji berries

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 09:59

Hi Auntie E


I have not long planted out a Goji bush, I say bush as apparently they have a sprawling habit so I have put it in the patch with my fruit trees, and not my fruit bushes / raspberries etc, so that way it can go crazy and sprawl as much as it likes.  I've put a wire frame round it at the mo, to support the branches til it thickens up a bit.  The plant is only about 2 foot high and quite leggy at the moment, but that's my fault as I kept it inside for about 2 years  what with 'bringing it on' indoors, and then moving house, but now it's finding it's feet outside and has really picked up this week.  I'm in the north of Scotland, and I've read that the bushes are quite hardy so should be ok.  No flowers or fruit yet, but plenty of little leaves, so hopefully only a matter of time til I'm chomping on Goji berries.

which plant is behind Monty (8 June)

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 14:17

Was just having a stab at it being Phlox, as mine in the garden are barely 10" tall at the moment and with no flowers.  When I looked the plant up on the internet, it showed an array of colours.  I have a pink one and a purple one.....couldn't see from the above pic whether it's the same plant or not though.

Wheelbarrow handle grips.

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 13:41

can you wrap some plastic tape (like insulation tape) round the wheelbarrow handles, then push on the handle grips, so it's a really nice tight fit ?

What is this little bird please?

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 13:36

OK, next guess ..... female black redstart ??   

which plant is behind Monty (8 June)

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 13:18

phlox ?

What is this little bird please?

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 13:13

Hi Robot !


Looks a bit like a dunnock ?   I have them in my garden, usually just one zooming around, but saw about 3 jumping all over each other yesterday - tee hee, desperate to get the food I just put out on returning home from work, as have to keep taking it in during the day as the Starlings have found me and keep savaging everything in site, which is pretty annoying as there are a lot of different baby birds around at the moment, which are struggling for food.

Become a hedgehog champion!

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 13:48

Great site on hedgehogs !


I'm going to make a hedgehog house and holes in my fence !!!    woo hoo !

Help with identification, this plant is ruining my summer!

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 12:03


I can't see Twinkle_83's picture, but if it is Himalayan Balsam, it definitely will survive in the North of Scotland, as I live in Moray, and it was rife at a cottage I used to rent.  I still live in Moray, but there are none of the plants where I now live - thank goodness.  I agree the way the seeds are spread is fascinating, but a nuisance plant nonetheless.

top 5

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 13:45

Oh wow, only 5 ?  


it'd have to be:


paeonies - only just getting into them, as I normally like small flowers, but these great blousey ones are just great.  I've gone from having none to now having 6 ready to plant out.

hellebores, amongst the ones I have, one is lime green and I love it !

snakes head frittilaries - I had to leave the ones I had at my last house, as I couldn't find the bulbs in the ground, should explain, I stripped my garden of plants and brought them ALL with me

erm, next I guess would be an old type rose, taking me back to my childhood, I have a lemon coloured one in the garden (that I brought with me) and it actually smells of lemons, wonderful,

and finally, I think it would have to be lavendar, as my Mum and Dad had a massive lavendar bush in the front garden when I was a child, and I don't think you can beat the relaxing calming smell of it.


and as everyone else seems to be sneakingly adding others, can I add double snowdrops and aqualegias ?  I had a lovely pink and white grannies bonnet one, and a lime green one which have disappeared over the years, but now I have purple ones, white and purple ones, and my red and yellow one has gone all red and raspberry this year ?? and also the garden I've inherited since moving in December has just thrown up a lovely fussy flowered aqualegia which I reckon must be called raspberry ripple.  My signature picture is of it in its infancy, as I loved the lime green of it, but now it's all raspberry ripple, pink, green, and white.

Discussions started by Kezza

Monty's advice on Strawberries ........

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grass clippings at base of established azalea

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