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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

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 23:27

Bishops Children have germinated and are now potted on and in GH.

1 lot of cosmos are pricked out, and the Ammi and panicum were pricked out today

Charlie check out Panicum elegans it is a grass used in flower arranging and - so I have found - really east to germinate, also Dill for wedding flowers/foliage has been suggested.

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 21:50

Easy Charlie - wish she would think that way - then again wedding is 2nd to them getting a house first.

Seem when they have house i'm doing garden

Look forward to hearing your garden progress 

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 19:58

You obviously don't know my daughter 

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 17:41

I am having a cutting garden this year as daughter has asked me to grow her wedding flowers. This year is a practice run, both for getting them in flower for the end of July and for her to decide if there is anything she doesn't like.

I am using a raised bed ( usually for veg) 8ft x 4 ft and other areas of the garden. Also going to use containers eg instead of begonias in the front it will be sunflowers!

Not the traditional wedding type flowers or colours at all

So far sown are Bishops Children dahlias, Ammi vignas, Panicum, 3 different sorts of Cosmos, Larkspur (confetti), scented white cornflower, Sweet peas (next year will be dark coloured ones) Nicotiana (green and purple), Amaranthus spike

Still to sow are 2 sorts of rudbeckia, sunflowers (managed to find a variety that is pollen free so doesn't stain dress).zinnias (green and coloured)

And ordered as plugs are Brompton Stock, osteopurnum and something else can't remember!!

Had some heated propagators fro Chritmas and am finding them brilliant.

Also have to time the dead heading of roses!


Posted: 05/03/2015 at 13:04

Good day

Can't remeber everything so forgive me before I start.

I don't come on very often but Dove yu seem to be permanently under the weather, You gave me such good advice so all I'm saying is take care (doctors?????)

Huge garden plans going on by everyone I see hope you complete whatever you are planning

and dentist also seems to be ipopular.

Dogs being tricky - well that's dogs for you. Hoope Reggie cheers up.

I went to GC yesterday clutching my list. Only bought one plant a Viburnum Mareisii, but did get some seed potatoes and other stuff, I was looking for garden gauntlets  one arm need to be protected more now - seems they only have mens sizes so will research on internet.

Also my bracelet has come saying no BP or needles in the one arm. 

Today the plan is to prick up seedlings to make room for the March sowing.


oh and lovely photos

Discussions started by Matty2

Training a pillar Rose

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ways to propagate 
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Thinking of growing a Cob Nut tree

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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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