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Latest posts by Lyn

Mystery flowers

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 18:53

Dont get rid of those, they are my favourite flowers, I grow loads from seed in all different colours.

Hozelock filter

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 17:21

Hi GSD, I dont really know, but just wanted to Hi, long time no see!

You know I did my pond at the same time you relined yours, it was clear for a while, then, you never see anything like it, the whole lot was murky and full of blanket weed.

Now the plants have just started growing again, water lillies, grasses reeds etc, the blanket weed has gone, I twiddled lots out then left it, didnt have time, when I did look, it was clear again, I can see newts and tads on the bottom.

I have never had a pump, and never would as I purposely made it for a wildlife pond and you only need a pump for ornamental ponds with fish.

Anyway, good to see you again. X


Posted: 17/05/2015 at 17:12

Start them off now in shallow trays, plenty of time, dont cover just push in a bit, you can start them in any old compost you may have, anything from seeds that didnt germinate or compost from your bin, I save my old stuff from repoting to start them off. I wouldnt use sand though! 

Keep slightly damp, not too wet or they will rot. When they are about 4 or 5  inches tall, pot them in their final pots, they will bloom till November if it stays mild. Then bring then in a greenhouse or shed or cupboard under the stairs, leave to dry right off then remove from the compost, wrap in newspaper, keep in a frost free place and start them off next year, just the same.



Children keep pulling up plants!

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 10:13

My daughter is childminder/pre school teacher, she reckons they know exactly what you mean when you say 'no thats not a nice thing to do' two years old is the ideal time to start teaching them right from wrong, they well understand by then.

We take three 2 year old out every Wednesday to the Eden project, they make a bee line to the 'smelly' plants just rub them and sniff, they are beginning to identify herbs and flowers already.

Children keep pulling up plants!

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 22:45

I suppose you're not allowed to tell them not to do it, repressing their natural urges and all that.


Posted: 16/05/2015 at 21:54

I have never kept them in the dark or thought about not transplanting.

I sowed them in a tray and pricked them out like any other seedlings, no problems.


root trainers v. pots

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 21:46

Exactly Logan, flower pots just dont work, those root trainers about 5 r 6 inches deep.

I dont know how they work but in pots the root goes round and round, in the trainer they go straight down then back up, by then they are ready to plant out, 

Newbie- would appreciate any advice.

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 21:39

Natasha, I wouldnt plant foxgloves out if they are only seedlings, pot them up first and keep potting on until they are a good size plant, if you pot them out as seedlings they will be gone by the morning. Slugs will have them.

Brown Turkey Fig is Dying

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 21:02

Ceres, I am glad you  said that about keeping in the fig the greenhouse to fruit. I have one, quite small at the moment, I have been putting it out just to harden off and the leaves turned instantly brown, it obviously doesnt like the cold at all, it has now grown another leaf that looks ok, I didnt realise they were so temperamental!.

Dwarf Cosmos

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 19:54

I am growing dwarf cosmos for the first time, thanks to someone on the seed swap, but someone said, on another thread, that hers grew almost as big as the ordinary ones,  about 5ft, I think.

I have picked them out though.

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Insect ID please

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Seed head ID Please

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How pretty!

Flowers in motion 
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Shrub ID please

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Paul's Hymalayan Musk rambler

How to prune. 
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ID. Please

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Ulrasonic pest scarer

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New ipad

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Seed swap

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ID on giant wasp

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Mirabilis Longiflora

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anyone have one of these?

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root trainers v. pots

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