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Latest posts by Lyn

Shrub ID

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 01:11

When I first took this garden on the weigelas had got really out of hand, I sawed them right off to almost ground level, the following year there wasnt too many flowers but this year they are loaded.

Talkback: Is it OK to compost tea bags?

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 00:59

When I get t bags from my dad, (he uses PG, they dont rot down as quick as my compost) i just let them dry off a bit and rip them open.

We use loose tea now, several to choose from in Morrisons, usually use yorkshire but it can be a bit fine 

Typhoo or PG all do loose tea.

Think I may have a go at your worm thingy Edd, do you make it and store it in sacks until you need it,

I do need loads by autumn though, would it work?

Ring stakes for Rudbeckia

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 00:50

Its usually very windy in my garden and almost everything has to be staked, but strangely enough Rudbeckia is one that i dont need to stake.

I do only have the Goldsturm but it is much more than 60cms. Why not wait until it grows a bit more before paying out for supports.

I make my own from sheep/pig wire fencing and bamboo canes.

Hardy osteospermum

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 23:17

My pink geranium has stayed green almost all winter and has been blooming for a while now. Cut back it will bloom all year.

I have grown loads of Osteospermum from seeds this year, dont know if they will be hardy because I pulled all the mother plants up in autumn, as they finished flowering.

I find they can go leggy and woody so would rather have new plants every year.

They were blue and white, Sky and Ice I think they were called.

Wildlife Pond Advice...?

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 23:02

Thank you Edd! Very nice of you to say that.

I do get very passionate over my new projects as you can see.

That pond  is 2 x 3 mts approx. I was governed by the digger, he refused to dig anymore!!

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.

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Seed swap

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ID on giant wasp

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anyone have one of these?

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root trainers v. pots

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calling Gardengirl

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water lily

pot or not 
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friend or foe?

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conflicting info.

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GW weather

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Plant ID please

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Recommended Books

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