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Latest posts by Mark 1963

Flowers on the Venus Fly Trap

Posted: 21/12/2013 at 19:35

thanks Jim and all, I think I'll just let nature be nature

Sliver Birch question

Posted: 21/12/2013 at 19:18

Hi All

I have noticed over the summer that it looks like my three Silver birch trees might be coming to the end of their lifes.

There are a lot of dead branches on them, although it seems to be sprouting further down the tree?

Anyway, my question is this, can I take cutting from it so if the worst happens at least I'll have offspring's to take its place(s)

Bringing back the Annual!

Posted: 20/12/2013 at 16:08


I grew these in the summer, coco sun, dwarf sunflowers. multiple heads. Great value

winter solstice 2013 Saturday, December 21

Posted: 20/12/2013 at 11:23

Hi artjak

I use to help my Dad with his garden, and we go to flower festival and apple picking at Sandringham. I would just sit and listen to my Dad and his brother in law talk about gardening. I learnt a lot. Dad is 86 now and cannot garden anymore. Its me now telling him about my garden. I take photos of what I do and send them to my parents. I go down once a year and buy them a few hanging baskets to dot around the garden.

winter solstice 2013 Saturday, December 21

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 22:31

You know what, artjak I was going to mention the 'heli' but did not want to sound to 'show off' That's my task for next year to learn more Latin names to help me understand my plants.

Us Lynn boys have to stick together. I lived on the Fairstead from 1975 to 2000. My parents still live there. I try and go down once a year. Message me if you want to talk further about Lynn.

Badly explained help!

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 11:59

Thanks obelixx,

That makes sense, I understand now.

winter solstice 2013 Saturday, December 21

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 11:42

Hi artjak,

Yes there are annuals. I got my first packet of seeds last year free with a gardening mag. The actual flower is in the centre and the papery petals are just display. The plant must have a reason for that.

I bought another packet from a garden centre in Sept. I sowed a few and the seedlings are overwintering in an unheated GH. Hopefully they will make a Spring display. Some look stronger than others so I'll wait and see. I'll sow the rest in a heated prop, towards the end of Feb when the light is starting to get longer.

They like full sun.

Badly explained help!

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 11:31

I can't understand when you read 'Bracts' and 'Leaves' in the same sentence. I thought they were one in the same?

Merry Christmas

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 08:30

Before it starts getting crazy beyond crazy, let me take this opportunity to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy Gardening 2014

winter solstice 2013 Saturday, December 21

Posted: 18/12/2013 at 08:26

OK, thanks, I'll check out those Rudbeckias

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