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Garden update

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 18:23

Hi Nut, I would love to, but I can never upload from my camera to this forum. I can get them on to my laptop and I press the tree icon and select the picture but when I press upload, nothing happens

Garden update

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 18:16

Hi All

Oh well can't believe we are approaching the end of June, so here is a garden update.

because of the warm spring, all the seeds got off to a flying start, all our French marigolds germinated and we had 120 plants! all have found homes. My snap dragons I sowed way back in January are now started to blossom as well as the dwarf dahlias  I grew from seed for the first time this year and will try to get the same variety next year .

Another first for me has been swan river daisies, all have buds ready to flower, I don't think I'll bother next year with them they seem a bit 'wayward'. Also I tryed Bidens and again yellow flowers are appearing.

As with every year I grow some from seeds and I buy some plants from the nursery. So this years purchasing have been red verbena, black, purple and deep pink petunias and five fuchsia's for a £1 from homebase, and a selection of violas. Mine never look that great from seed.

On the subject of bargains,  my £1 ornamental sage from said DIY store I got last year is covered in lovely deep blue flower spikes.

I'm sure there is more, but I'm happy with this years growing season. The weather up here has been sunshine and showers, ideal growing conditions. Day and night temps average 12deg C

French lavender

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 11:34

Thanks

French lavender

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 10:37

Hi all

l bought a French lavender in the spring, it's flowers are fading now. It's it a spring lavender, and should I trim it back now?

Beetle ID

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 12:27

Thanks Dove for that link. I have never seen one before, I will certainly be looking for somemore

Beetle ID

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 16:25

I came in from the garden last evening and there was a olive green beetle that looked like a knights shield. Not sure if it was friend or foe, gave it the benefit of doubt and put it outside. Looked an interesting fellow, it was properly about 15mm in length might be a tat smaller. 

Moggie deterrent - humane suggestions please!

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 16:18

Hi, I do the pea sticks method and scatter a few French marigolds around. I have some in pots and move them to where the cat goes. They don't like the smell.

my first succulent

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 12:36

Thanks for that Berghill, I think I'll get some more

my first succulent

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 12:02

Hi Berghill, That's the fellow Any tips on aftercare

my first succulent

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 12:25

Hi Pansyface, I don't have the label to hand, but it has small orange/white daisy like flowers. I remember the name began with a 'D'

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