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My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 14:53

I am a real fan of the photos you post of your colourful garden Marion. I am really admiring your hellebore and the stunning heuchera today. I nearly bought a heuchera called ' Cherry Cola' last weekend from the GC but talked myself out of it, and bought another agapanthus ( Black Budda) instead.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 14:36

I'm so sorry for your loss Dove and Wonky .

Houseplants: potted roses

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 22:22

Hi Nytiri, l have also been gifted these little roses before and thought I'd try and keep them after flowering. On closer inspection of my small potted roses l discovered the plant was in fact 3 small individual plants grown in the same pot. So l gently separated the plants and potted them as a 3 in a much bigger ( l think 3litre ) sized pot, spacing them further apart. I just used MPC and a bit of rose fertilizer. After replanting l cut down the stems by half to reduce any shock to the plants. Within a few weeks they were lovely and bushy with new buds. I then placed them (still in there pots but buried) into some whicker planters l had at the time surrounded by little trailing surfinia petunias. They looked very pretty all summer. 

Bombarded by bluebells!

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 22:01

What beautiful photos Wonky. There was a small bluebell wood not too far from my childhood home and each spring my mum and I would go for a wander to see how the bluebells looked that year. Your photos have taken me right back there, thank you.

clematis Twinkle

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 17:32

Got home from work and your envelope was here. I have just potted them up and watered them . Thank you so much Richard stamp on its way tomorrow. Where would be the best place for them now, plastic greenhouse, sunny windowsill or cooler windowsill until they grow a bit? Thank you again.


Posted: 24/04/2016 at 20:15

Out of 14 pheasants eye narcissus l planted last autumn l have 5 flowers. Snails nibbled the flower buds when they were only a few inches tall but didn't touch any leaves, rotters!  Next year I'll be prepared with a few pellets. Sparrows have been at my native primroses for weeks now pulling off the buds, but l don't mind. The wood pigeons have been eating all the food l try and hide around the garden for the blackbirds and robins who aren't keen on feeding from the birdtable. As soon as l pull up my kitchen blind all the birds come and wait for me to replenish their supplies. I swear Mrs Blackbird sits on my shed roof and eyeballs me until l go out and restock. So it's kettle on , top up feeding stations, then a long strong coffee watching the birds and their shenanigans.l just wish they'd all search for and eat slugs too while they were visiting.

Cottage garden borders

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 19:38

Sue, like Topbird some of my astrantias and hardy geraniums are only just making an appearance. I'm in Devon on clay soil and its been very cold at night here so some plants are a bit late. For mid height plants l have peonies. I know the flowers aren't around for long but l love the foliage too. Francoa  is pretty with spikes of little pinky white flowers, it's evergreen too with rosettes of pink tinged green leaves. I couldn't be without japanese anemones. Queen Charlotte is a wonderful variety with mid pink double flowers. Slugs haven't touched these plants at all. Also a few weeks ago when l was replanting some self sown forget me nots to where l wanted them to flower, l noticed scores of slugs hiding underneath the plants so l had a good long spell of squishy squishy to rid them from my garden. So l think this autumn l may not keep so many forget me nots to try and stop so many slugs having somewhere to hide. If only l could find where they 're all hiding and blitz them in one go.

Cottage garden borders

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 15:43

This has been a very bad year for me too Sue with slug and snail damage on some of my prized plants. My bearded irises and hemerocallus have been under attack all spring and I've had to resort to slug pellets to save them. Usually my evening snip snip routine is enough. I have never seen slugs go for any of my hardy geraniums and l have many different varieties so l would recommend these ...Mavis Simpson, pink, vigorous , Brookside, bright blue, more compact, Roxanne, blue with a lighter eye, Wargrave Pink, peachy pink . These flower for me all summer long and the bees love them. Sue , nearly all of these l have got from fetes, ( school or church) or plant stalls at gardens l visit that have been opened for charity. Do you have any keen gardening neighbours you could get some freebies from?

clematis Twinkle

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 08:00

Thank you Richard l just need to work out how.

Petition to stop cancelling GW

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 07:57

Just noticed there is no Monty next week due to snooker . Monty didn't comment  about " some sporting event" just said " until next time". Why can't they just leave Gardeners World alone or show it on Saturday and Sunday as usual? I really hope this petition works.

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Ooh I love a bargain!

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What are your favourite plants from gc bargain section?

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When do I plant Dutch Iris bulbs?

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