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Latest posts by Lyn

Fishy's 'pleasant reminders of schooldays. Not !!!

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 18:05

Not many sweets for me, they were on ration and mum would swap the coupons for something more useful, she used to cut up tiny squares of bread, margarine on all sides rolled in sugar. Her mum used to do that for her.

I had a fuzzy felt in the early 50'S it was fish.

My favourite toy was a Bako Set, before the days of plastic, it was bakalite. Metal rods you pushed into a base board the slid bricks and tiles between the rods. I still have it.

Contrast or clash; complement and safe

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 09:35

Explosion in a paint factory is mine, but it tends to follow a pattern by itself, Spring and early summer its very soft, pink lilac pale colours from the lupins foxgloves and delphiniums, then the hot colours automatically appear, red orange dark blue. Mines a cottage garden anything goes, as long as it in clumps, I dont like the one here, one there look. Everything has to go in 4 or 5's, thats why I dont buy anything, it would cost too much, so its all cuttings and seeds.

Fuschia fuss

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 09:27

Mine are well out in the greenhouse and just showing in the garden, dear dad is going to cut then right back for me when the weather warms up, he says!

If you spray them with water it will help the buds a bit thats if the dreaded VW havent had the soft fibrey roots.

Watching seedlings grow

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 09:19

My daughter has just bought a pink Forget me Not so we should all be in for some seeds from that one later on



 Broad beans


Germinating Dahlia and Crocosmia

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 19:37

Thats ok for lining hanging baskets, I wouldnt grow anything in it.

Give the crocosmia time, if they were newly bought they may not come up until the summer.

The dahlias definitely need warmth, the polytunnel is far to cold taking where you live.

Germinating Dahlia and Crocosmia

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 13:15

Put the crocosmia bulbs straight in the garden.

You can start the dahlia tubers off in any old compost, I save some from old pots. When they shoot and are about 4/5 inches tall, you can put them in big tubs if thats what you want, or plant out in the garden, buy mine wont get planted out until the end of May. Beware of slugs, they will nip the tops off as soon as they shoot up.They do need warmth to get them going, have you got a conservatory or a window sill.

Free Council Compost

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 00:25

I pulled a pair of secateurs out of mine the other day, never found a thermometer though.

I dont put anything to do with tomatoes in my compost bin, they sprout up everywhere. And like hostafan, never ground elder or creeping buttercups.

Frogspawn 2015

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 00:14

Last year I just bought flaked dried fish food and frozen daphnia (sp?) I survived loads of them, there were tiny frogs everywhere, but that was in a tiny pond I dug especially for them, there were no preditors in there, I dont know how this new lot will fare as I have beetles and other creatures in the new pond.


penstemon seeds

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 00:09

I wouldnt think so primrose, but why not try, just use a small pot, nothing to lose, i think they have got too wet over the winter, but have a go.

Dahlia tubers

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 00:01

Beware that slugs will have the tops off dahlias and hostas.

I have just potted up some dahlia tubers from last year but I will bring them into the conservatory, its not warm enough at nights out there. I left most of them in the ground, no sign yet, but seeds are up so it wont matter.

I am going to have a go at splitting the hostas now, as Monty did, I have always done them in the Autumn before.

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