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Talkback: Turkscap lilies

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 14:22

Right this is what I do! I havent read  the rest yet,but maybe others do this too .

I treated myself to some carniverus plants from      "   jersy direct  "  they were not cheap but they were a decent size and ready for  feeding . Only thing you need to do is keep the plant pot in about 1 inch of rain water  and they must not dry out. I bought the indoor ones but you can get them for outdoor and they ARE supposed to stand below zero conditions. 

I use a see through wide topped plastic bottle with a cap,I put the bottle underneath and knock them into it . You have to be quick cos the bliters fly . AND THAT MY FRIENDS  ,  .................IS LUNCH FOR MY PLANTS !  wait until you have a good number. It doesnt take long .

I'm so cruel ! but after you have put in about 10 at once into the same funnel you can actualy hear them squealing !!!    AND this is where someone might put me in the loony Bin - I stand there saying to my plant  " enjoy your lunch cos these lovely orange beatles have eaten there last meal ......"

so the lesson in this is........ the beatles have eaten my plants so in return my plants have eaten the beatles - afterall ......alls fair in love and war !!!!!!!!!!! 

 I ask you my friends  Am  I going loopy or what ?


Please anyone grown peony from seed

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 15:13

Hi my friends , I wonder please has anyone have any tips on growing tree peony's from seed ? Should I soak the seed first ? or have read that in hot countries you need to put seed tray in freezer to start off the germination. 

I bought some seed which was quite expensive so I want to do things right!

info on celendine plants

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 19:30

A  GREAT MANY  THANKS to everyone who has answered to my questions about Celendines , now I know the differances  I think it must be  thought over several times as Welsh onion says!

What actualy set me off was seeing several differant ones on Gardeners World ,  Thought they might fill a few gaps at the begining of the year ! 

I also think it is true they revert back to the original specialy when planted in the shade as  last year I did buy a  ' C , Brazen Hussy ' Planted it in the shade under a Holly tree . It was lovely with the dark brown / purple leaves, but even though it has come back this year its a miserable thing with the green leaf. The one Berghill described sounds nice , so I will look out for this in the nurseries,

Thank you once again my friends, Happy gardening ! 

info on celendine plants

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 14:27

Has anyone bought celendine seed , and are they hard to germinate ?  or am I better buying the plants , if so can anyone recomend a nursery which stocks a varied collection please maybe in yorkshire ? Thankyou in advance for any feedback X


Beetroot and Water Voles--Keeping them away!

Posted: 14/01/2013 at 18:18

We have deer and have seen them at the bottom of the garden ,  If water voles do not venture across the 4 acr field then I can rule these out .   I think I can draw a line through this now . 


To everyone for their views on this problem  , I am very grateful, apart from the water voles any one of the suggestions or even ALL of them could be the culprit !. 

The veg plot is in an area that is not on view from the house ,so next year I will plan differantly. Maybe I can start harvesting the veg a bit sooner , plant enough for us and the wildlife - what ever it was ,

Thankyou once again to you all ..


Beetroot and Water Voles--Keeping them away!

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 21:42

Hi Joe-the-Gardener ,- Yes we are near waterways very much so . We are in the countryside, behind us  is a 4 acre field  it runs parralel with a wide waterway which runs into the river  . like all the others  around here the fields need the ditches for drainage . Also  we have a nature reserve / ten acre lake  within walking distance . One of our 3 neighbors  who the year before had the same problem and took some  turnips to his gardening club  . was told it looked very much like watervole damage.  by the guest speaker . He too said it looked the same damage  . 

Beetroot and Water Voles--Keeping them away!

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 21:21

Hi , I dont think it is rats, but how deep do rats go ?

All the  tops  were still there,  by the tops I mean at least half an inch being still in the ground  sometimes more  .and then the usual leaves .

leaves were still intact as normal.

No definate sign of digging .

yes There is evidence of bite marks .   I will clean some up and take photographs - but could you tell me please  what to do  to get them downloaded to this forum once they are in documents  ?

Beetroot and Water Voles--Keeping them away!

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 21:55

As a rule I grow beetroot and have  no problems, its usualy left in the ground until the frosts . This year I did like wise   I went to harvest some real beauty's.

Beauty's until I lifted them out . Every single one had been eaten away. It is thought by water voles which have been released into the countryside in some parts . We are in the country and I'm  asking " can I protect my veg against these unwelcome rodants at all ?.

 And has anyone else had the same problem ? and in what area please in this green and pleasent land ?

What are your favourite plants from gc bargain section?

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 14:49

I bought a few phormiums ,I paid £10 for what had been £40 each . It was just after the realy bad winter . I split  each one  into 3 massive Plants . They soon recovered ,getting new growth this year  .  . They were all differant and one of my best buys.

best way to get rid of rats

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 14:35

This time of the year we have had problems with rats  in the green house. We  used some rat poisen  and put it in the hole ' it kept dissapearing till oneday it hadnt been touched.  Couldnt see anything but about a week later a smell , Found 2 rats behind plantpots. We are now having a good clean up - Clearing away anything rodants may use as nesting material. Turning all pots upside down etc  

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does anyone grow ?

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infested by green caterpillers -no leaves left. 
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this works well ! 
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Azaleas ? I'm intrested in what others think on this one !

nurseries and watering ? 
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shrubs for a large border. open for suggestions please 
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sowing seed .

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Other flowers the same shade of blue? 
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Moth Orchids

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