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The Instant Gardener

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 09:41

I've really been enjoying The Instant Gardener. I love the relaxed easy presentation and would love to see the presenters go on and do some more gardening TV. Love that it's realistic in terms of money and what is reasonable to do in order to transform a garden within the means of the owners although I know that often the labour is the most expensive part of regenerating a garden. 

I've watched The Beechgrove Garden for years, long before it came to BBC England. 

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 06:15

Granma I'd love some of the Geranium seeds if you have some please. They're hard to beat in the garden are'nt they. I've sent you a pm but it'll be under Salvia.

Carol Klein’s Plant Odysseys

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 12:45

She was on the BBC news this morning promoting this programme. There will only be 4 in the series, the 1st one is about Roses.

Foxglove 'Illumination Pink'

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 11:07

Well I've grown 3 Illumination Flame this year and they've been beautiful. I also grow several other Digitalis and although the Illumination is very different, I still think they're a great addition to the garden. I'm hoping they'll last longer than a year, fingers crossed. I've also grown Cupcakes and while they're pretty, to me they are'nt as strong as Tetra or Sensation Mix. Still they're something different are'nt they.

red poppies

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 11:02

It's interesting is'nt it to find out what they like best. Thanks everyone.

Short stems on sweet peas

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 06:32

I think it's worth recommending April In Paris now guys as my Daughter grew it last year for the 1st time and was very impressed with it's long stems. Because she said it's very scented I thought I'd give it a go this year. Above all the sp I've grown this one is by far the best in terms of long stems and has a wonderful scent. It won't be pleasing to everyone as it's flowers are a beautiful cream tinged with lilac so not suitable for the dark rich jewel like colours some people favour. Definately worth growing 'tho if you want a lovely stong scent and long stems as well as pretty pale flowers.

Short stems on sweet peas

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 16:59

People put forward many reasons why this happens and I'm sure most people have had it happen at some stage of their growing lives. Some say to cut off the tendrils and you'll get bigger flowers, others say it's determined by the variety you grow, still others say that as sweetpea are hungry feeders, they need liquid feed and perhaps slow acting feed put into their growing medium. 

I've found that yes it does happen toward the end of the growing season with them but it definately depends on the variety. Macutania (sp) I grow every year and they get shorter stems about the end of July from an autumn sowing while others like April In Paris are still going strong. Both get fed by me with tomato food for those in containers. Those growing in the ground have some BFB added to the soil before planting.

red poppies

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 16:11

Do the oriental ones not grow from seed then fidgetbones? I've always had problems growing all kinds of poppies too.

Seeds from tall Foxgloves

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 15:03

I agree with Dove but do remember that foxgloves will not always come true to the type of seed you collect.


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 15:02

 I took this pic today as this one is just starting to flower. 3 others have flowered as well but I'd given them away. Most of my others are weeks from flowering and although I sowed all different types, I did'nt label them. Yarrow 2 yours should be fine, I'd leave them be. They'll come on but maybe just a bit later.

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What did Monty buy.

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Salvia or Nepetia?

Help identify this one please 
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