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Latest posts by Matty2


Posted: 12/03/2015 at 18:10


I see lots of cake making, paper shuffling and loads and loads of gardening has been done.

All I have done is pot on some more seedlings and moved a couple of trays into the GH.

Also a bit of chaos sorting out what visitors will sleep on. Cleaned some ancient toys up as well to keep little one entertained.

Tree was delivered, arrived in back of a van which had a sun roof type affair on top with tree sticking out of it - result no damage at all to tree-. planting at weekend

Have felt really well today - hopefully will just keep improving now.

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 16:53

I've just bought my 2nd lot of Larkspur seeds, first lot seem to be doing nothing - internet check and found they will not germinate if temp above 65* - where they were on window ledge was right in the sun so...

Now put 1st lot in cool house and will sow 2nd lot and follow internet instructions

Hope other novice cutting gardeners find this useful


Posted: 10/03/2015 at 18:02

I have a bush type one Salix Flamingo - think it's down to pruning - Verdun is the expert

If that pergola doesn't arrive it's because I've 'borrowed' it - I have a vine but nothing to grow it up 

Obelisk prices

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 16:56

I buy mine form Malvern show. There is a bloke who goes every year and sell a variety of heights and widths, He also does some flea markets.  I go for the rust metal ones. Last year an 8ft one cost me £20. excellent for growing up blends in with garden and isn't too stark if by itself in winter.

I know not everyone can go there - just saying flea markets, car boots you may be surprised what you will find locally made.


Posted: 10/03/2015 at 16:09

That gave me an idea Yvie - bought a small sarcocca a couple of weeks back and no idea where to put it. One day will get an arbour finished but could plant it there now as we do sit sometimes even in winter and 'think'.

I started to trim lavender but gave up, potted on some overwintered foxgloves and sowed some beetroot instead.

Dove hope your P's are brighter today

GC's arrive on Saturday- a long time to wait 


Posted: 10/03/2015 at 13:39


Have cut back verbena bonariensis, one doesn't look very happy. Hoped for some babies but couldn't see any, maybe too early.

Later I'm going to make a start on taming the lavender, hope it's not too late, then if i have the energy sow some beetroot seeds in GH

All to be done in half hour blocks

My GD and new GS are coming this weekend. He was born 6 weeks early just before Christmas and this will be his first long journey. I haven't really met him except I was allowed to touch his little head when he was in special care. As I was between ops when he arrived this is the first time we will see him - I still cannot travel long distances - getting very excited 


Posted: 09/03/2015 at 17:36

Delivery free, local and family run nursery. Always wanted a stark white tree and this one has long catkins as well

One more tree to go next year, so expensive to buy, had gardening tokens to use towards this one. 

No gardening here today, far to miserable


Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 15:15

Someone told me that Ammi seedlings are gourmet food for slugs. That's why I'm not direct sowing.


Posted: 09/03/2015 at 13:51


I'm sure Reggie will pass his assessment - hope yu do as well. he does sound a lovely dog. How can people have a puppy put down 

Today I have been to hospital - all looking much better. On way home we pass a really good nursery only today we didn't pass it - bought a tree - about 8-10 foot high A Betula Silver Shadow. Waiting for it to be delivered now far too big to fall inot car

I am slowly trying to improve the far corner of the garden. Last week I (well OH really)planted a Viburnum Mareisii. Need another big shrub, a few smaller ones - must be white or variegated (suggestions?) and some infills of perennials (tall)Semi shaded and a bit dry.

Sounds typical cat DD - 

Watched Poldark - good eye candy apart from the teeth- you'll see!!!




Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 13:40


No GH is unheated but I bought one of those plastic grow houses and put it up inside - A GH inside a GH - seems to work OK. Have a heated propagator and sunny windowsills

That panicum was surprisingly easy - just on a window sill, no extra heat.

Think I'll look for some gypsophilia as well - need something frothy!

Sounds good Snowy especially the mystery pack, and facing south - great

Discussions started by Matty2

Training a pillar Rose

Where do I start? 
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ways to propagate 
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Thinking of growing a Cob Nut tree

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Apple blossom

Apple tree in blossom now! 
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compost use

Can I re-use my potsto compost 
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Autumn raspberries

moving them 
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Lasagne bulb planting

Which bulbs 
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Penstemon- but which variety

Beautiful flower but .... 
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What is this?

I understand it is a fried egg plant but what precisely is it? 
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Plant ID please

Hope some one can help! 
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Jewell garden - suggestions

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Jewell garden - suggestions

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What to do to encourage growth 
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