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Calling Mrs P - or anyone who can grow Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 21:01

I sowed some packet bought seed in about early May this year. I sowed them in a tray of seed compost in my unheated greenhouse. It was about 3 weeks before anything appeared,but now they are growing well. Perhpas I should have sown them earlier in the year?

Help me plant these plant pots

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 19:46

I'd like some suggestions on which plants to choose for the two terracotta planters ive just bought. They are going to help frame my front door and compliment my new block paved driveway.

They are in a north facing shaded aspect, which only gets sun for a short time in the evening. But as you can see from the photo, the little bit of sun they will get is dappled by the shadow cast by a neighbours tree. This photo was taken about 6:30pm, click on it to enlarge...

 I did consider Box pyramids, but I think even Box likes some sun. Something that grows about 3ft tall would look good, but I realise that the shaded aspect means I may have to settle for something like Hostas or ferns?  Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks

feeding wild birds

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 09:57
Well with 6 ports it could attract more birds than my other 4 port feeders

feeding wild birds

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 20:08

Well the birds are loving the Typhoon feeder, ive had Goldfinches, tits & sparrows queueing up to use it...

 And here's a baby Goldfinch thats been sitting at the feeder for the last 10 minutes...

 The Wood Pigeons and magpies have had a try, but they cant get a perch on it - thankfully.

blanketweed in my wildlife pond

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 22:33

Does it need more of the surface to be shaded?

why is my pond brown and not clear

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 23:21

How is the pond lined - clay/plastic? Could the waterfalls be disturbing the sediment at the bottom of the pond/ Does the pond get enough shade from the sun?

feeding wild birds

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 23:29

As promised, an update regarding my Tornado Twist feeder which arrived today. Its quite a large feeder, slightly wider in diameter than my current feeders. It has metal feeding ports & lid, whilst the feeder itself is the usual lightweight plastic.

Im using sunflower hearts in one section, and different seed mix in the other two. Ive only part filled the two mixed seed sections as I want to ensure the small seed Im using doesnt just run out by itself.  Heres some photos..

 And heres a photo showing a bluetit on the opposite feeder, to give some idea of scale...

 The real test will be when Mr Woodpigeon tries to use it. Hopefully he wont be able to get a perch on it.....?

feeding wild birds

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 16:21
I'll let you know when i get it. I imagine if the feeder ports are removable then a pipe cleaner xhould do the job?

feeding wild birds

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 23:22

Similar story in my garden. Niger for the Goldies, and sunflower hearts for the finches/sparrows/tits. Though with the new feeder Im hoping to introduce other seeds.

Talkback: Gardeners' World Live 2012

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 23:20

Quite a few non related exhibitors this year wasn't there! And lots of empty floor space with no exhibitors. Its as if they struggled to attract traders? Overall it felt like a half hearted effort to me. Wont be going again until I hear its improved.

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3 yrs of Gardeners World recordings

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Gardeners World 2014 BBC2

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Photos of your ponds please

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Where do you buy from? 
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I'd like a plant like this...

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Any good lawn mower forums?

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Buying Sweet Pea Monty Don seeds?

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Planting suggestions for new path?

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Everedge steel lawn edging?

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Box Blight

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Editing posts?

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Empty Sunflower Seeds?

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