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Posted: 13/09/2014 at 23:34
Wills. Welcome.

Just a tip. If planting in the ground. Let nature take it's course. If planting in tubs, containers etc. The usual practice with bulb plantings is. Plant twice thier depth. For a much fuller display, and one that lasts longer. Plant two or even three levels. Eg; A layer of bulbs plus soil covering, then repeat.

Identifying the tree these shoots come from pls

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 23:29
I had a lovely Rhus in my garden some years back. Three gardens away, now have possibly what was once mine. Let's hope they continue travelling NE.


Posted: 13/09/2014 at 23:21
Similar to Dave. I have noticed over the years, that they can be suseptible to rotting away. So come the start of winter. Apply a good mulch and keep an eye open in case of water logging.

Unwanted plants

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 23:17
I am inclined to go along with Philippa. The years go by very fast. Perhaps a bit of fencing off might do the trick. If we could get some idea of the plants in question?

Seed Suppliers who Sell Small Amounts of Seeds

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 23:10
It's a bit of a toss-up isn't it? Pay less for a few seeds, and chance on germination, or. If only requiring half a dozen or so plants. Perhaps, penny wise and pound foolish. Buy a few ready grown plants. Surplus seed is always welcome to members.

Gardening Books

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 23:03
Would it be fair to say. What goes around , comes around? Much like the old school days of tmarbles, fag cards, conkers etc. Much can be learned from books, much to fit YOU and the occassion. The Expert books, are good and to say the least. The reader gets a fair incling of a wide subject. The RHS published via D&K the following. A-Z of Garden Plants. [Bit too heavy for the handbags ladies] Encyclopedia of Gardening, & Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers. Quite expensive. World Books ran a special campaign on them. A good buy even on ebay.

Talk about daylight robbery!

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 23:13
Really great borders in those pictures. Large gardens always. Makes me very envious. My problem is. I still grow and propagate as if still working.

Good quality seeds around 99p
Premier Seeds. Pertersfield. Hants. & Seekay Horticultural Supplies. SS3 9QJ

A garden is the best medicine

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 23:18
Hi Frank. Like feelings regarding your NHS holiday. I hope you will soon be back to normal. Yes the garden is very theraputic. I am just begining to pick myself up. The medicine works. A while now and then in the garden and it all comes back. Take care Frank and all the very best.

Talk about daylight robbery!

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 23:06
Thank you so much folks. Especially Lyn. Thanks for the compliment. So many good and interesting comments. The wise gardeners don't always look for the best looking plant. I will often pick one up that is near dead. Then split it into several new plants. Most of us bond a bit with a certain GC. However, very few grow their own stock. Most come from the lowlands of the continent. Cost effective. Oh Bekkie. You and your sweet tooth!!

Talkback: Hummingbird hawkmoth

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 22:47
This year seems to have been good for moths. For me. Sadly no Hummingbird moth. I have had loads of Garden Tiger moths and Old Lady's etc. Butterflies have been plentiful, although. I have only seen a single Red Admiral. It may be a good idea to leave some wild plants to overwinter.

Discussions started by Mike Allen

Future Time Team

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More about using Coir

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Last Post: 11/09/2014 at 09:38

Talk about daylight robbery!

Plant prices. 
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Have I overdone it?

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Growing with Coir

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List of members.

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Last Post: 01/09/2014 at 16:35

Concern over conifers.

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Last Post: 31/08/2014 at 22:08

Good News for Mike

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Last Post: 03/09/2014 at 18:22

Makes you Wonder!

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Last Post: 28/08/2014 at 10:03

A Wee Bit Cooler

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Last Post: 11/08/2014 at 22:10

Our Silent Fliers.

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Last Post: 25/08/2014 at 19:18

Would members be interested?

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Last Post: 09/08/2014 at 07:14

Dare I say.

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Last Post: 04/08/2014 at 23:36

A request or suggestion.

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Last Post: 03/08/2014 at 20:40

Pernission to speak SIR!

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