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Latest posts by Matty2

Big Begonias

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 18:15

I have never pinched out the shoots on mine as if you look they do not 'branch but grow stems from the corm

Wood stove ashes.

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 12:19

I use my wood ash around the fruit trees and bushed in winter early spring but nor now - now it goes in the compost bin


Posted: 08/03/2014 at 16:34

I have just found a firm that supplies something I have been looking for for ages.

Wire fasteners that mean you can fasten wire to concrete posts without drilling (impossible) and leaving the fence in place if you have to re-place fence ( doesn't make sense but this link may:

For all you who have to garden by themselves, thought you may find it useful.


I have been lucky with the garden over the bad weather - a lot of ceramic pots smashed - but they can be replaced and the retrieved plants I popped in plastic ones as and when it happened. Plant I lost was a lovely pulmonaria  - sturdy as they are - it just seems to have rotted - was in the damper side of the garden

Too late to prune zephirine drouhin?

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 15:08

Give it some rose food and a dollop of compost to help it recover from winter.

I usually put the food under the compost because of dog


Love that rose


Posted: 07/03/2014 at 18:54


Been in garden most of day - went  swimming first - disaster though -wanted to re-pot my blueberry bushes only to find that one, despite showing  some growth and shoots had no roots, when rinsed under tap (water butt) out popped the dreaded vine weevil grubs. The others look fine but will give them a dose of whatever it is that kills them - Is it Provado?

Then carried on the never ending weeding with the germinating acorns every where - grrr

Love that 'envy' thread, 


Ordered  Cercis Forest Pansy from Hayloft a GW offer - never used them before- are they OK

An ENVY thread....

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 18:48

Envy here- all those lucky people who have native primrose - can never find them and don't seem to take.

I have an offer today of some seedlings- so folks fingers crossed


Posted: 05/03/2014 at 17:38

I bought seed compost from Wilko as well. Also pleased with it and have full germination - at the moment





Posted: 05/03/2014 at 12:26

Good day All

Not been here for a few days so not even going to attempt to catch up.

Yesterday I just sat on a bench in my garden and looked at it, Cat on my lap, dog at my feet, blissful.

Gave me time to assess what has been done as well as what needs to be done. It was good as like quite few on here it is a new garden. I looked and realised the shrubs and plants are finally beginning to fill out and it looks less like a plant nursery and more like  garden.

Still loads to do, new things to make and parts to continue to develop. I think just sitting and looking is something I don't do very often.

Did end up planting out my new hellebores and a new rose which I have had since just before the rains began last year.


Oh and as for dogs - mine has decided that where crocus, daffodils and fritlillaries are coming though is the best place to lie down 

Pruning a baby clematis

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 12:05

I'm with Obelisk. Give it plenty of feed. Make sure you have planted it deeply - a guide would be about 8-10cm deeper than the pot top. Cut off to the buds - they will come strongly.

They do take a couple of year s to get going though.


Posted: 28/02/2014 at 11:46

Morning all

Bucketing down with rain at present - winds haven't arrived but are expected - from Cornwall Verdun!! - We also have snow forecast for later

Been swimming, and now feeling very achey, but I do enjoy it. I have the lessons for health - run by local health centre - every now and again they check BP etc and mine is now normal.

Seed sowing today I think - thunbergia and marigolds. Never grown thunbergia before.


Also have to have an x-ray on my wrist, but not too worried by that.

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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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