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Latest posts by lisa69

can you save seeds from cut flowers?

Posted: 09/01/2013 at 19:06

I had some success with snapdragon seeds and echinops last year from cut flower seeds I saved.  I would much rather have a plant but if I get cut flowers I try to at least have a go and salvage something from them.

Carol Klein's Life in a Cottage Garden

Posted: 09/01/2013 at 19:04

I've set a reminder last week , I have the book and am really looking forward to it after the void of no Gardeners World on Friday evening it'll be great.

Health and safety!!

Posted: 04/01/2013 at 18:08

My neighbour doesn't even bother with council they just damage or cut any plants in my garden they don't like even to the point of chopping 5ft off my boundary hedge which my council simply ignored and told me it was domestic dispute (I must add we had been friends with our beighbours and I had kept the hedge neat and tidy, I wanted to keep it because of the wildlife here.)

I can understand that plants and gardening is not everones cup of tea but surely a comprise of sorts could have been reached without taking such measures. Although if the lady ignored complaints etc I guess it reached that point. 

Just a shame, one persons pleasure has been taken away when maybe it could have been changed for everyones enjoyment as it is a communal area.

Water feature

Posted: 04/01/2013 at 17:54

We had a pond in our council house garden before we moved, the only thing our council stipulated was that the house and land was put back to how it was before we moved in.

Our neighbour isn't allowed to have a pond but she is child minder, this i can understand but the reason they have given you seems silly really, surely there is more bacteria and disease in your waste bin!

Maybe you could find a small, hidden patch in your garden, maybe near your ash trees


Seed swap

Posted: 04/01/2013 at 17:49

Hi all

Milkymoo I have tonnes of poppy seeds, candytuft 'fantasy' and cornflower, the poppies I have are oriental large paper red and purple and also small native poppies, if you PM me your addess I'll send some along, always had good results here from my poppies but someone did tell me a poppy seed can stay dormant for years?

Funny isn't it, I've made lots of friends by nosing and wowing at other peoples gardens and a true gardener will come and have a chat, I have many poppy seeds from local people here who's poppies I hve admired and they've given me a few heads )

Seed swap

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 16:24

Hi All

OOOOH garden porn again!!! Every time I come here I spend money lols,, what lovely aquiligias, this year I am growing plants to swap seeds  and tomorrow I'm going to have a go at swearing at my weeds lols

Water feature

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 16:15

Hi Sam

Your sinks should be fine if they are the ones on the piccy of your home made arch?  There is loads to read about water gardening and I'm sure someone here is better uinformed than me but if you put the right plants in it wont become stagnant there should be no real need to move the water.  You can buy some lovely miniature water liles and grasses.

Thinking about it tho i remember you said you had a blind friend and there is nothing better than the sound of water in the garden, my only advice would be to check out the 'solar powered' pumps becaused nothing solar powered works in my garden usually as we never have enough sun.

Have a look at this, might give you some ideas with out added bacteria

New fence has ruined my garden, please help!

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 15:57

Hi Lauren

I agree with Joe, that fence doesn't look very sturdy at all.  The last thing you need is to get your plants in and growing and the fence blow onto them. Where are the fence posts.

What a shame they took out all of the hedge and tree's

 Plumstrudle also has a point with your soil quality before you plant maybe PH test it.  Then maybe jasmine, budlia and some hedging to bring your wildlife back.

Good luck

What to sow in January

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 15:43
nutcutlet wrote (see)

You should sow anything that needs a chill to start it off. Otherwise it's as sotogeoff says

Hi Nutcutlet, I was reading my Larkspur seeds today and its says they need a chill to germinate, I haven't had much luck with them before nor holly-hocks, does that mean I can sow them yet?

Good luck nodlisab let us know how you get on the with the new prop

Plant names for people

Posted: 22/12/2012 at 08:36

What a lovely idea and santa monika that link is great, there are quite a few and some very striking, it'd be good to match the planting to personalities, the fuschia 'Lorraines Delight' sounds nice.

Good luck Claire it'd be nice to know which plants you decide to use.

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