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Posted: Yesterday at 07:50

I don't usually have Blackbirds during summer and I miss them too. Hopefully it won't be long before they're visiting again for all of us.

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: Yesterday at 07:48

Those are great pics.

I don't have any pics but I constantly have a couple of Goldfinch families feeding from the sunflowe heart feeder at the bottom of the border. There have been several broods of little ones and they're in the garden for a lot of the day. I do love them although they stop me from gardening as I don't like to disturb them, we've come to a compromise of sorts. I let them eat for a while and then do what I need to, or wait until there are'nt any around the feeders.  Blue Tits come in autumn winter and spring but don't seem to be around during the summer.

Other than that, I put out mealyworms and fat balls on the ground and they're eaten by the Starlings and Robin. During most of the months apart from high summer I also put raisins or sultanas every morning and the Blackbird loves them.

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pruning Verbena Bonarienis

Posted: Yesterday at 07:32

I tried for years to grow VB in my garden at home and despite everyone saying it self seeded, it never did for me so I know where you're coming from.  However, now I grow it at my allotment and it has flourished. Because it's quite windy I have to cut most of it but not all of the plants back a bit around this time of year otherwise they're just a mess. 

At the allotment, it self seeds freely into the gravel and I pot these up and give them to friends or transfer them to the home garden in springtime. Try to keep yours as dry as you can, I think the winter wet helps to kill mine.  Perhaps try leaving some of the seed heads on if you can, even support them so they don't break or fall over and see if you get some little seedlings. Good luck Susan 722.

Jam jar rooting

Posted: 23/09/2017 at 16:17

Yes we are talking about Verbena bonariensis and yes I know it's a hardy perennial but it can be short lived in some areas so I always take cuttings.

Jam jar rooting

Posted: 23/09/2017 at 07:48

That's a good tip about the cling film Mike Allen. I took some Salvia cuttings  soft new growth, not woody yesterday and will try that out later today.

I've taken loads of VB cuttings this past year to pass onto family and friends. It's still worth a go, even at this time of year. They get cut back here before the winter anyhow.

Seed and Plant Swap 2017

Posted: 22/09/2017 at 16:47

Seed and Plant Swap 2017

Posted: 22/09/2017 at 07:12

Many thanks to Liz for the seeds that arrived yesterday. I'll sow the Digitalis and Ami soon.

Seed and Plant Swap 2017

Posted: 16/09/2017 at 17:03

Thanks so much Lyn, I've just seen your pm. 

Adam Frost - Gardeners World

Posted: 16/09/2017 at 13:28
Paul B3 says:


"OK , OK "  ; Touche !!!!

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Seed and Plant Swap 2017

Posted: 16/09/2017 at 13:24
Lyn says:

Hi Victoria, could I have the Verbena Blue Spiers  please.

I have 

Cosmos bipinnatus Dwarf Mix. Sow by 2019

Brachycome Iberidiflora Swan River Daisy. Sow by 2019

Foxglove Foxy Mix sow by 2019

Zinnia Purple Prince.  had a few out for this year.

Calendula Citrus Cocktail. Dated 2016 but go on forever.

Sunflower Teddy Bear. Sow by 2019

sweet Willian. Indian Carpet mix. Sow by 2019

nicotiana lime green. Sow by 2018

ammi majus sow by 2019

antirrhinum majus  maximus.

Dark blue delphiniums, my seed, tested and germinated.

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 I've sent a pm Lyn. 

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