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Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 20:04
Sue 31 wrote (see)

Hi!  I am looking for a dwarf bird of paradise plant (or two).  I live in North Dakota (USA) and have only been able to find seeds.  When I ordered the seeds, I never got them.  After reading more about starting them, I would rather buy a plant.  Do you know where I could get one?  Do you have one you would part with?  I have the regular version and love it.  I really would like to try the dwarf version as well.  Thanks!


Sue, this is a UK site so I wouldnt think anyone would be able to send plants to US.

You may do better looking at a US based site.


Wildlife Pond Advice...?

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 19:57

No less than 2ft in the middle, frogs hibernate deep down in the middle, any less could be too cold.

Mine is in full sun all day, water is clear, odd bit of blanket weed twiddled out, but now the plants have started to grow, that has gone.

Here are a couple of pics, just taken now, I am well pleased with it, concidering we only finished digging end of summer last year.

Still a lot of work to do, planting up the edges and so on, but the life in there is absolutely fantastic, amazing!

You can probably tell how enthusiastic I am about this project.

Do get a water lily, things love to hide under the leaves and aim to cover two thirds of the surface with plants.



Climbing "Yardlong" Beans (Fagioli Rampicanti)

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 19:25

I dont think its right for companies to be selling seeds/plants etc knowing they wont grow in this country. The clue is in the name, if they need Italian climate, they are not going to find it here.

Its a shame that people buy them,  not knowing, they should have some sort of warning that they may not grow  in the UK

That said, I wouldnt even think of hardening off beans at 5 to 7 inches Whatever they were.

IDs please

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 12:18

I think the top one is buttercup, wrapped up in a sorrel? Could be wrong though.

2nd definitely geranium.

Salvia Hot lips

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 12:15

Probably died, didnt over winter, they should be well up by now.

Wildlife Pond Advice...?

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 12:10

We bought a pre formed on last year, nearly had a divorce over digging the hole for it, you have to get every contour spot on, we ditched that for a liner, so easy because whatever you dig, the liner takes the shape.

If you only want a wildlife pond you're not to have pumps and so on, it needs to be still and peaceful. 

Aim to get about 2ft at the deepest in the middle then make flowerpot width steps all the way up to the top, then you can buy plants accordingly.

use rain water to fill or else you will wait for ages for the green to go away, also better for the little creatures that will come.

We dug ours late summer last year, it has tadpoles, newts, pond skaters, water boatmen, dragon fly larvae and several other little beetles of all colours and sizes. Several different size and shape of snail as well. I dont know where it all came from, but its there!

Have a look on the Bradshaws web site for long lasting guaranteed liner and underlay.

If you dont use pump and filters etc, you can have a water lily in there, they love still waters.

Please ask any questions you like, however trivial they may sound, a lot of us have recently made ponds and its lovely to share tips and other info.

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Plant ID

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 11:58

There is an aquilegia in there with the pink flowers, you could try to get that one out.  Maybe that big clump is penstemon.

Salvia Hot lips

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 10:13

Verdun, my old dad has always said that as well.

Though last years hotlips, which were my cuttings didnt survive either.

Same problem with the bowles mauve, new cuttings every year.

Only one of last years has survived and it bloomed all winter.

How to make durable plant markers?

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 10:07

My son in law keeps me supplied with pot noodle plastic tubs, ideal to cut down and get about 10 labels from each.

Before someones knocks them for eating rubish, as someone did before, my son is a fisherman so spare a thought for the chappie with his pot noodle and flask of hot water.

It's my birthday

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 00:09

Happy Birthday Yvie, down in Cornwall, have you met anyone we know?

Happy belated to punk and Clari. 

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