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arum lilly

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 13:44

my arum lilies are only just coming through. they are in a pot and some of them have not yet shown through at all.  I'm going to make a corner   in the front garden to put them in after they have finished flowering, so maybe i'll have more luck with them then.

help!! old fashioned 'proper' carnations needed

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 00:28

I will look online for Mrs Simkins nutcutlet. thanks for this.

I can see i'll have more than enough carnations soon. i'll post some pictures of my garden when its all in flower.

thanks again

help!! old fashioned 'proper' carnations needed

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 09:30

wow, thank you so much for your comments. i'll try them all out. especially the cuttings from shop bought stems.

and i'll also buy the seeds phillipa smith 2 suggested.

you've all been very helpful.....thanks again. i'll let you know how successful I am with it and I look forward to relaxing in my favourite corner again.

help!! old fashioned 'proper' carnations needed

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 10:11

I have my favourite corner of my garden where I sit and think!!  I have planted sweet William and dianthus in it and it smells beautiful. Over the top is a triangle arbour covered with the most beautifully scented clematis(flowering now).

last year I bought some carnation plug plants that were sold as large headed red carnatios scented but when they grew I was very disappointed to find that they were the same dianthus that I have already. I have searched the garden centres but they say they are no longer 'fashionable'.

does any of the rnembers have a carnation that I could possible have cuttings off that is the old fashioned type of plant. a sturdy tall stemmed with large scented heads.. this would make my little corner complete.

thank you

Where is the buzz of busy bees?

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 14:48

I often wonder if spraying of chemicals in the area has any bad effects on our pollinating friends. We dont use anything hut neighbours might and the council was out spraying the grass verges with a bright green substance 3 months ago. I stopped my car and questioned it and they looked at me like I was from the moon. It cant be doing any good tho.  When it reaches trajic measures we will hear the usual phrase , well we must learn from this,. 

Too latr. Fingers crossed our buzzie little friends will soon make an appearance.

Pak Choi

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 14:57

i bought them ready started from the garden centre. do you recommend that i buy the seeds and sow them myself then.

thank you for your responses

i'll try again and hopefully have more luck.

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 14:54

Kef, oh that is so sad. i find this part of nature unbearable. if i see magpie's or jays hanging around the nests of the birds in our garden, i shoo them away, squirrals too.

Artjak, your conversation with mr blackbird is amusing. my husband tells me he answers me because he thinks i'm a threatening male. haha but i do think a blackbird has the most beautiful sound ever. enchanting.

we had a big archway over the back gate and whilst washing up at the sink i saw a pidgeon just about to land on top of the gate when this sparrow hawk flashed by the window, flew at the pidgeon as it took flight, caught it in flight and went through the gap between the top of the gate and the arch... it was amazing accuracy as the gap wasn't even that high.



Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 13:55

i just love being in the garden and listening to all the different birds. but i agree that the blackbird is unique. sometimes i whistle back to it and it can go on for ever. hopefully, the neighbours don't realize it's me. haha

the robin is also a really nice song too. aren't we lucky to be able to just sit and relax and listen to the birds and to watch their behaviour.

our birdfeeders are always visited by many different birds. we have a pair of bramblings now and then. woodpeckers and jays too. even long tailed tits, which are quite shy normally. we see many tree creepers running up the tree. i could just sit here forever preferably with my cup of tea on hand and my kindle. bliss!!!

Where is the buzz of busy bees?

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 13:11

yes, the bee situation is a concern. last year our plum tree and damson tree only gave us a small yeild but the year before the damson tree was weighted down with the fruit. this year though, i did notice that not many bees were around when the trees were in blossem and then the wind came and the blossem was gone, so not very promising again.

however, my most favourite place to sit in my garden is in the front corner which is covered with the most beautifully scented clematis, which is out in full bloom during May. i sat there with my breakfast yesterday and was convinced that there must be a bees or wasps nest somewhere in it as the buzzing was so loud. it was so full of bees and hovers it was amazing. but i did notice that there were no bumble bees present, so i must take note when i do see one.

my grand-daughter and her partner live in north yorkshire and he used to work for a bee keeper up there. she bought him the full bee keeping kit for xmas and it has now arrived, so hopefully, i will be receiving some home produced honey very soon. will let you know more when it arrives. yummy.

hello from 'the newbe'

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 12:53

hi there

this is my first go at joining a gardening site. what a great idea, wish i'd done it sooner as reading through the different sites i found it a mine of superb information. far better even that trailing through the many books and mags i buy. 

as we are not as young and sprightly as before, we are aiming for a maintenance free garden, if that is at all possible. i love the flowers and try to ensure that most of what is in my garden is sweet smelling or can be eaten!!! 

well, enough about me, i'm now going to continue to browse through this lovely highly informative website.

happy gardening everyone



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