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Speed gardening

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 19:02

The moment they put a hosepipe ban here in Lincolnshire it started to rain and it has never stopped. We have sandy soil but at the moment it is impossible to get out to do anything, as it is sopping . I have a beautiful Sanders White rambler covering a pergola. It has just started to flower and this morning when I ventured out all the flowers are turning brown. We have sown veg seeds four times and the results are pathetic.

We have a conifer hedge that divides our courtyard garden that desperately needs cutting, but it is too wet to use the hedge cutter. Today we were promised scattered shows, instead we had a torrential thunderstorm. We haven't had a day without rain for about 5 weeks, but at least we aren't flooded.,

I feel for the people who garden for a living, it must be a nightmare.

Well that's the moaning over for now, the sun has come out at last and I am going to try and pick my blackcurrants, that is one thing that has cropped wonderfully.

Tomorrow might be different,---- was that a pig I saw going past the window!.

Coverage of Hampton Court Flower Show

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 10:11

I thought Friday nights show was the most informative and enjoyable. The man who spoke on companion planting was very interesting. I had no idea that lovage did so much good, need to find out more. Has anybody got any more tips. We have always used marigolds in the garden and greenhouse, and grown basil in the greenhouse too.. As for nettles we have a few, but they always seem to pop up in the flower borders just waiting to get you.

Perhaps Monty will expand on the subject when Gardeners World eventually returns!!!

Coverage of Hampton Court Flower Show

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 13:41

I thought the programme was, dare I say it, a bit boring. I was going to write about the cost of the gardens but then thought no, just try and enjoy the programme for what it is, beautiful instant gardens and a few glimpses of the floral marque. I wish we could see more of the growers who supply the plants for these garden, they have had a nightmare year and are deserving of a bigger part of the show. Who are the people who decide the shows content? they seem to think that the show gardens are the be all and end all, yes they are very nice but a little more of everything else would be good.

I am looking forward to seeing the bit about bees tonight, hope to pick up a few more ideas the encourage more wildlife to the garden.Lets hope we get to see more plants and flowers, that what it should be about.

Anyway I will still watch the programme this evening, and no doubt enjoy it.

Gooseberry loss

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 22:33

We also lost gooseberries overnight a few years ago. We had harvested most of the crop but left about a quarter of them to ripen to eat raw (my daughter is very partial to them)  the next day they had all disappeared. We assumed it was birds as we don't net them. This year, yesterday in fact, we picked the lot, have frozen most of them and made my first batch of chutney. Not taking any chances!

Salvia Sclarea

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 12:18

Hi Kate1123.


I'm afraid I don't recognise the sage in the picture. There are literally hundreds of different ones. No doubt one of the GW forum members will be able to help you. The variety of seeds I set are readily available on e-bay and from seed merchants, so give the a try. It's very disappointing when things don't turn out as you expect. The plant you have posted looks healthy so perhaps it is how it should look. I would be interested to know the variety.


Salvia Sclarea

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 22:23

Hi Hollie-Hock.

It's Cosmos, still waiting for the first flowers!!. with a penstemon just peeping through.

Salvia Sclarea

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 19:01

We have had it without any trouble through the last 2 cold winters, -18c at times, it just pops up again,. the ones in the photo are self set in gravel, with a membrane underneath, not even straight into the soil. We garden in Lincolnshire, usually very dry summers, but cold winds in winter from the east, very similar landscape to obelixx.I should imagine. Give it a go you wont be disappointed. You can easily remove seeds that set in places you don't want them and give them away to friends. I can usually find them a home.

Tatton park any good

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 08:28

We visited Tatton Park a few years ago and thought it was excellent.A good mix of show gardens, floral displays and ofcourse shopping for all those plants you can't readily buy at garden centres. A lot of the growers do mail order.     Hope you have a nice day if you decide to go, take a picnic and it goes without saying same comfy shoes, there's a lot of walking involved!. Hope the sun shines for you.

Salvia Sclarea

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 23:12


 Hi everyone.

This self seeded salvia is growing in my front garden.There are just 2 plants and as you can see it is quite eye catching .   It has grown to about 4ft 6"since the spring. I think it is Salvia Sclarea, Turkstanica, but I am not sure.

I have been growing them for about 3 years, the original was given to me by a friend and I have been asked for seed by people in the village as it such an unusual plan. The bees and insects love it!

It self seeds readily so once you have it in your garden you can almost guarantee you will have it year after year.

I had a bit of trouble uploading the photos but got there in the end


Honeysuckle and Clematis Flowerless :(

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 10:27

We have a honeysuckle on one of our fences. This spring we decided it would have to be hard pruned as all the inside of the plant had died and was only growing new foliage from the outside. It was about 3 ft thick. We cut it right back, fed it well and watered it,(it was before the deluge!) It has repaid us by growing like mad, due no doubt to all the rain and is now just beginning to flower. So I would recommend a good feed as previously advised and it should flower for you.

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