Muvs Dashwood

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In flower now

Posted: 04/01/2013 at 15:41

Just looking around my very young garden at whats in flower now and I still have a delphinium in bloom, a shirley poppy, roses, argyranthemum, snap dragons, wild carrot and lavender. I have primroses, wallflowers, winter honeysuckle, pansies and violas, virburnum and violets. I even have annual sweet peas still growing but no flowers. Most of my spring bulbs are through with buds showing. My wild flowers are up and growing well too. 

One of the bonuses of living in the South West I guess.

Gardeners' World hibernating

Posted: 20/11/2012 at 11:03

Personally I would like to see real peoples gardens (in Britain) and hear their ideas, some from the NGS would be great. Monty's garden is a very wealthy persons and I miss Geoff's budget versions. There was a lady early in the season who had amazing ideas for wildlife and I would like see more people who have a real depth of knowledge about things not just Joe Swift whittering about vistas.

Plants for scent.

Posted: 30/10/2012 at 10:44

I have some nicotiana for next year which I haven't grown before and I have a dampish area for the meadowsweet so thanks for that advice, luckily it is further away. I am going to look up the Compassion rose too. Thank you all.


Plants for scent.

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 12:18

I have a smallish sheltered garden and the vast majority of my plants are grown for bees and butterfly etc but I also like things with a lot of scent. A gardener mentioned Meadowsweet on another thread so I have bought some seeds for that but I would like to know what others grow for scent and perhaps I could find some space in my garden for more plants .

I already grow;

Night scented stock. Messy but glorious.

Philadelphus - 3 varieties so far but Belle Etoile is the most scented I could find.

Heliotrope - Cherry pie?

Honeysuckle about 6 different ones but all still small.

Old roses but would like some really strongly scented ones.

Jasmine - Clotted but still small.

Armanii - clematis.

Sweet Williams, pinks and lavender too.

I don't have a greenhouse so everything has to be hardy, selfseeding or die but I Iive in South Devon so frosts aren't very hard if we get them at all.

pets and why they are called what they are called

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 15:56

As a side I have worked professionally with dogs and took donations from the public and some of those names were ummmm ... interesting. Ganjha, Jaffa, Zeus, Blitz, She, Boots, Khan, Kaiser, Soldier and Gandalf to name a tiny portion but the most common used to be Ben and Max.

pets and why they are called what they are called

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 15:45

My young son has a red border collie called Fly and two black cats called Kizzy and Dash. We have, in the past, had a cat called Cat and rescue dogs called Grace and Gabby . My own collie cross as a teen was Meeshka. We did have a cat called Taffy and named her unexpected kittens Affy and Faffy - because we weren't keeping them.

Talkback: Most hated plants

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 16:16

I have criteria that plants have to meet for me to buy them.

They must have scent, the more the better

They must be easy to grow. Self-seeding is a plus or easy to propagate.

They must have flowers.

If the flowers are poor the scent must make up for it.

If the scent is poor the flowers must be copious.

Everything has be attractive to wildlife.

I don't grow flowerless shrubs, I rarely grow shrubs of any kind, they are a bit bleurgh to me.


what decade is your garden?

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 15:49

I remember my dad fussing over his Blue Moon rose and only ever getting 3 blooms, tops, a year. He always grew sweet peas for my mum to cut. Gardening is seemingly coming full circle with our return to wildlife preservation. I do love how different everyones garden is though and each one reveals so much about the owners. I just make sure I plant extra bee stuff to make up for my next door neighbour and because he dumps it on the waste land next to my garden my son goes and salvages what he can and plants that up. I am slowly planting up the waste bit of land with his plants and my seeds lol. I understand it can be quite scarey to do something different to what you have always known.

what decade is your garden?

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 14:58

What seems in vogue at the moment seems to be disposable gardens. You buy hanging baskets/pots etc at the centres and throw the lot away at the end of the season. My elderly neighbours do mostly 'unfriendly to bee' bedding and then dump the lot come the winter even if some of it would survive. I'm very much a perennial/self seeder type of gardener and I now leave some weeds if they are beneficial to insects. I am also growing a lot native wild flowers now and actively looking to target insects and birds into my garden. There is definitely a movement into bee friendly gardening coming right now which is brilliant.

Daniel Haynes, help

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 16:16

Like I said, it has been MY experience but I still like reading the posts and looking at the photos.

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