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Plant ID

Posted: 06/03/2017 at 11:30
Hostafan1 says:

Lyn, I think some of those I grew from your seed are sending up flower spikes as we speak. 

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 They should do, it's the third year. Hope they're in the ground. 

I really shoud stake mine GD, the wind has everything over here.

Quite a lot of the self sown seeds have survived, lost track of when then germinated though so don't know if they will flower this year on next.

elegant and cost effective way to support dahlias

Posted: 06/03/2017 at 11:23

I bought 30 of these, in the reviews  lots of people said they used these for plant supports, Monty Don does a good demonstration online. 

Plant ID

Posted: 06/03/2017 at 08:48

Here, I sow them first year, plant out next late spring and they flower the year after that, so a long process, you just have to hope you don't get a cold winter, now they are here, I let them self seed, far better, stronger plants like that than trying to sow them. 

Plant ID

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 23:04

Here's a photo of one of my echium last year, he's 20' tall, blew over then grew upwards. All self seeded, it grew out of a rough stoney bank, no feed, no soil hardly. The don't all ovewinter here, some have turned black in the frost, some still doing well for this year, they flower in a three year cycle, forgot what that's called now🤔😀

its right at the back with pink flowers. Behind the Foxgloves. I have never seen so many bees on a plant, enough for a hive.

How to prune hydrangea peniculata?

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 16:57

Unlike most other hydrangeas, these flower on new growth so you can cut  the old lot off as you wish to make the shape you want, I will be cutting mine right down but not yet as it's still too cold here, I will do them mid to end of March. ,

How to prune hydrangea peniculata?

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 16:44

If they haven't sprouted yet, the growth there now is last year's. 

Sowing seeds in seed tray

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 19:25

Always check the instructions on the packet, a lot of seeds you don't cover at all, just sprinkle on the top of the compost.

Awaiting delivery of my first greenhouse...

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 17:29

Make sure you put many extra clips in it,  the panels will pop out in the wind.

i asked a place that sold them if they would be ok in a windy place, he wouldn't sell it to me, same again when I wrote to a company on eBay about replacing some of my glass panels, he wouldn't sell them to me.

hope yours will be ok.

Is it really a problem?

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 17:26
Verdun says:

Caught a rat in a gutter downpipe.  It run into it.  I upturned the end piece and put a block on it and filled it with water.   Waited 20,30 minutes, unblocked the pipe.  Rat came out with the gushing water, scrambled around like a drink man, scaled a concrete wall and got away.  They are survivors for sure. Funnily I thought he deserved to get away.  Not seem a rat since here 

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 I wanted to say just that Verdun, the only way is drowning,  you've got to drop the whole cage in a water butt, it's not pleasant and they scream like hell.

I know poison is not nice either but at least it kills them and you won't see them. 

Is it really a problem?

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 15:08

have you ever caught a rat in an humane trap. Not an easy task, they go mad, you cannot let it free, what would you do with it? 

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