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What am I?

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 13:23

Thank you.  There are a few of them scattered through the borders and a few at the base of the fig tree.  I think I'll glyphosate gel those around the fig tree and wait to see how those in the borders look with whatever else springs up in them.

What am I?

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 08:17

Hi all,

I've been fairly sucessful at identifying most things that are coming up in my new garden so far but this one has me scratching my head a little.  I guess it's probably something really common but I don't want to turn the glyphosate on them until I know what it is.

 Thanks, Lil.


Posted: 24/02/2014 at 12:38

Hello, my name is Lil and I am a seedaholic.  My seeds are filed in sowing date order, split into edibles and ornamentals and sow under cover or outdoors .  The squeals of delight are all the louder when the seeds that should have been difficult to germinate take less than 2 weeks. My H2B thinks I'm crazy - if only he knew quite how many packets I have.

Have you sown any seeds yet this year?

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 17:08
cody smith wrote (see)

Hi if you put your chillie seed on a radiator mine came throu within 2 weeks 

They were in a heated propagator (still are and still no sign).

The first one I've seen this year - 2014

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 12:39

Great tits in my nest box on Saturday .  They've been checking it out for weeks.  Thought they'd never get round to going in for a closer look.

Have you sown any seeds yet this year?

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 20:08

No sign of my chillies (after three and a half weeks or so) so new seed sown yesterday.  I sowed some dierama at the same time as the first chillies and bother to mention it because of the one to six months germination time ... two little dieramas seedlings appeared yesterday .

Cost of the hobby of gardening per year?.

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 08:42

I think I spend around £100/year - I recoup quite a bit of this just by growing salad leaves and tomatoes.  I got nearly all this years seed by exchanging club card vouchers. This will be my first full year in my new garden so I'm looking forward to seeing the balance sheet in the autumn.

First Spring Flowers

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 16:39

Crocus is the first in my garden and what a surprise they were. The former owner must have naturalised them into the lawn beneath our magnolias many years back. Looking forward to see what other suprises the garden has for us.

Have you sown any seeds yet this year?

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 08:53

Chilli peppers are in. No signs of life yet but the seeds are a little (lot) past their optimum. Wait and see I guess. Plenty of time to re do them. My windowsills will soon look like a greenhouse. Maybe that will gee on my  h2b to clear some of our jungle for a greenhouse. 

Fellow hayfever sufferers

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 13:56

Antihistamine tablets can help hayfever suffers - taken regularly (everyday) during the summer can eliminate symptoms for the majority of sufferers.

Most seasonal hayfever sufferers are allergic to tree and/or grass pollen.  Flower pollen isn't a frequent problem.  You could pay a doctor to identify your specific allergens but (s)he wouldn't be able to test for every type of flower. 

DIY allergy testing by sticking your nose in a tulip or rolling around in grass isn't going to be a particularly reliable way of knowing if you are allergic to either.  The best way to tell if you you would be able to work in a florists is by going and spending some time in one.  This will expose you to the usual level of pollen in a florists as they use flowers in bloom all year round - the type may vary a little though.  This would not only answer your question but give you a better insite into the job.

Lil (Hayfever sufferer and 'Chemist')


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