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Latest posts by Mark 1963

Weird dream last night

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 22:05

Hi, I had a weird last night, I was helping Monty Don and Nigel clear a bog garden!

OK dream analysis, work that one out?

Anyone grown Swan River daisies ?

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 22:00

Hi, I am growing Swan River daisies for the first time this year. They are quite big now I was just wondering when will the flowers appear. Mine look quite 'fern' like. they seem to flop in the rain, but pick themselves back up when the sun comes out.

Anyone grown these before, how was your experience with them?

polyanthus

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 22:14

Hi, polyanthus come from primroses which are a woodland plant, so they flower well in dapple and partial shade. What I do this time of the year is dig mine up, trim off all the dead flowers and yellow/brown leaves and put them in pots. I take them to the North facing side of the garden and leave them they all summer. Keep them moist and put slug pellets around them. They will come back again in flower next late winter early spring. Well they do for me. Still do this for the ones still flowering but put them in a rain shadow. I have some under the honeysuckle at the moment. I find if they get to wet the flowers and leaves go mushy. Hope this helps

egg shell found in the garden

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 06:41

thanks all

egg shell found in the garden

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 21:08

Hi

I have found a light blue plain egg shell about an inch long in the garden, any ideas what bird it's from?

World Naked Gardening Day

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 21:53

Hi Scott, here's one you can tell on Sunday.

Two vicars were having coffee, when one mentioned that he was bothered by bats in the bell tower. The second vicar said he had the same problem but they have gone away now. 'How did you manage that' said the first vicar?' 'Easy' said the second vicar, 'Just make them members, you'll never see them again!'

World Naked Gardening Day

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 21:38

Two elderly ladies in our park saw a naked jogger, one had a stroke, the other one could not reach

I was brought up on Max Miller gags, sorry

unhappy Pieris

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 16:11

Hi, not meaning to contradict Dove, but I have never known a Pieris to be checked by frost, ours here in North-East Scotland have not been bothered. Of course they may have acclimated, Could it be getting pot bound? 

Venus Fly Trap

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 06:53

hi Christopher

I have three Venus Fly Traps, there is a very good company in Hampshire

http://www.hantsflytrap.com/ where are get mine from, the small ones are reasonable priced and they have won awards at Chelsea. They are easy to look after, best to use rain water and let them trap they own food. They is a good book called, 'Growing Carnivorous Plants' by Barry.A. Rice.

I would not bother with seeds, when you can get them for £5. Oh! and don't let them flower, it weakens them. Hope that helps.

 

Butterfly Release 2013

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 12:33

I don't mean to sound negative with this, but if we are continually told that butterflies are becoming rare, what are companies doing selling caterpillars to the general public. I know you lot are very responsible people but what if these kits are bought by people who think it's a bit of a game and get bored looking after them. Surely a breeding programme like this should be a bit more scientific

I welcome comments on this. It's not you I'm having a go at, just seems a bit irresponsible from the company making money out of this. 

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