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Spring Advice ?

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 19:58

You can easily mark where the bulbs are with a stick or too, and it means you have some colour and excitement as soon as spring starts


Spring Advice ?

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 19:42

You can get lots of bulbs in supermarkets just now.  Lidl has lots and they have coloured photos on the packet which make it easy to choose and appealing to your daughter.  Its a bit of a wait, but so exciting in the spring to see them poking up through the soil.  You could do some hyacinths inside to come a bit quicker and give her an idea of what will happen, we used to grow them in glass jars so you can see the roots.  I think you should make the border wider, you are bound to get the gardening bug and you will need the space!  Maybe make them into a more interesting shape, and encourage your daughter to help dig.  Have fun!

Lily Regale?

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 19:36

Think I will have to talk to the tutor on the course.  The foliage isn't right either, strappy and the flower comes out from the middle of the leaves rather than on a leafy stalk.  Its small too, although the flower is big.  Just don't know what it could be


What month is the sweet corn harvesting season?

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 17:25



Lily Regale?

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 17:14

I have grown Lily Regale from seed which I got on a course at the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens.  It looks right, but has no scent, or at least only slightly of coconut! Could this be something else?  The flowers are white with purplish outside and yellow in the middle, about 10 cms long.  They have been growing for about 18 months, but only flowered this year.  Any ideas?


New trees

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 14:50

It has been very dry, and quite cold here in Edinburgh, I am not used to it, so just need to wait and see next spring.  Thanks all for your help and encouragement


Does anyone know what this plant is?

Posted: 05/09/2015 at 18:30

DON"T if it is, you will never get rid of it

Does anyone know what this plant is?

Posted: 05/09/2015 at 18:28

I think it is Himalayan Balsam, v invasive weed.  Has it got pink flowers?


New trees

Posted: 05/09/2015 at 13:44

I moved last year into a new house and have completely re done the garden.  I planted (among other things) three tree, an acer grisium, a prunus Serrula and a crab apple John Downie.  All three are fine, but none have put on any new growth.  The crab apple has masses of fruit and the prunus looks kind of sad, no growth and although it hasn't lost any leaves, they look kind of un-lively!  the soil is slightly acidic, I am almost at sea level in Edinburgh, the garden has patches of dampish soil at the bottom, where the crab apple is, the others are slightly up the slope, where the ground is drier, and in places very compacted.  I dug good big holes for all the trees and put compost and blood fish and bone,mixed with soil in the holes, and have watered them regularly. They went in the ground last autumn, the crab was four years old, the prunus three and the acer about one.  It just seems odd that they have none of them put on any growth.  Is this just because they are getting used to a new place, or could it be something else?  Any ideas?

Short stems on sweet peas

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 17:26

Well thats weird, mine are on a bit of a slope and the ones at the top are longer!  Mind you the ones slightly lower aren't at the bottom of the slope, so water keeps on going down.   Also I think I was a little bit more diligent in the moisture retention provision higher up.  The best ones of all are the few 'leftovers' at the bottom of the garden, growing up a wall in the middle of roses and honeysuckle, their feet are in shade until late afternoon (when there is sun, which has been a bit lacking in Edinburgh this summer)  its  all a puzzle, and one day I will grow sweet peas with show stopping long stems.

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Discussions started by Meadow7

Lily Regale?

Thats what it looks like! 
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New trees

three different new trees failing to thrive 
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Short stems on sweet peas

flowers start long stemmed and gradually get shorter 
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Query about seed 
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Elderly honeysuckle

Advice on pruning 
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Potting shed ideas

Best all year use for potting shed 
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Last Post: 27/10/2014 at 19:44

Ideas for all year round shrubs

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Moving an Acer Grisium

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