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winter solstice 2013 Saturday, December 21

Posted: 17/12/2013 at 15:22

Which means... Its going to start getting light again, WHOO!

I know we have to get through January But I start annual sowing again the end of February. Trays of French Marigolds on the windowsills, dwarf sunflowers and lobelia.

When is the earliest you start sowing and what do you sow. I know the Fruit and Veg lot get sowing early, but what are the earliest flower sowings?

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 17/12/2013 at 15:13

Cats don't like having their tail touch, so I buy a few packets of those thin green canes and plant them a few inches above the ground. When a cat crouches to do the business, the green cane touches its tail and so does not feel comfortable going to the toilet.

Also I have read that Lily leaves are poisonous to cats, not sure if its all Lilies or certain ones. I had some lilies on the front door step in the summer. I stood the pot in a plastic saucer of water. Next doors cats is still with us and no-one in the village mentioned any dead cats, Phew!

Flowers on the Venus Fly Trap

Posted: 17/12/2013 at 09:48

Hi, I do we have a while to Spring, but I have to ask these questions when I think of them. Some people say that you should remove the flower on a Venus Fly Trap. This is the first Spring I have had mine and I just want to see what the flower looks like.

What happens to the fly trap if I do let it flower?

Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 20:27

Hi All, I feel I'm late to the party with this one. I have just finished watching eps 3, so now I'm totally up to date. I guess from what others are saying that we continue after Christmas?

I hope these will be released on DVD, total eye candy and lots of interesting points. Loved Montys wild meadow, James Wong roof gardens and Carol as always.

I hope to be going to Pensthorpe next year to see those meadows for myself.

Dr Hessayon quits writing

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 18:38

Hi nutcutlet, 

 I think its a wake up call for all of us to value our pro-gardeners and support them through media sites, book and DVD sales.


Dr Hessayon quits writing

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 18:04

I'm just reading my weekly gardening magazine and read with great sadness that Dr David Hessayon is to stop writing his wonderful gardening, 'Expert' books.

He says the reason is nobody reads gardening books anymore and that people can Goggle what they need to know.

I for one think its sad that our great men and women of gardening think they have nothing more to offer because of the internet.

Surely the two can live side by side, I need the garden book to read and re-read and then I need the internet, e.g. You Tube, to show me the procedure.

If your reading this Dr, please don't give up writing, we still need you in book, Kindle and I-pad format! You have so much more to tell us!

Help Overwintering Geraniums - rotting??

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 20:01

if its a help, I keep some of mine in the garage up against a window, flanked on 3 sides with white polystyrene plant trays to reflect the light back onto them.

Just come back from the garage, all still looks well. I only keep mine moist, small amount of water once a month now until spring

Quickest growing fruit tree?

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 21:35

What do you mean, 'its packing material?' I fill sick

Last weeks storm counrty round up

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 15:23

Hi Dove, glad to hear everyone OK. I know Norfolk well and it can get really rough at times. Aberdeenshire in general had its far share of downed trees. You had to keep your wits about you driving in the dark, as there could have been a downed tree around the next bend.

Right here on the North-East of Scotland coast we thought we were going to get more snow than we did, just a few cm.

Very calm and mid today, it's been raining on and off. Hopefully we'll see some sun next week and dry out the garden.

Last weeks storm counrty round up

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 14:28

Afternoon All

Thought I'd ask a general query to see how folk around the UK managed in last weeks storm.

I lost part of a sliver birch and the winter pansies and viola's took a beating due to the quick Artic blast and snow covering. I'm waiting for everything to dry our a bit, then I'll give them all a 'Chelsea Chop'. Not sure if I'll get my display make for the rest of the winter, but they might come good again in spring.

On a plus side, the buddleia buzz cuttings survived the first winter attack and all's well with the overwintering pelargonium in the cold GH.

How's everyone else? 

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