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Latest posts by Outdoor girl

Gaillardias ......who grows 'em?

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 08:59

I do. I grew a free pack of seeds three years ago and they have been brilliant. They are a bit floppy so I've had to support them. They have flowered constantly since June and respond well to deadheading. I have not fed them yet but the bed gets mulched in the winter.

I have not got heleniums. I wanted some but they need moist ground and I have desert like conditions - hot, dry & chalky soil.  Hope that all helps!

Collecting seed from Cerinthe

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 14:35

It was when I collected my cerinthe seeds that I realised just how extortionate seeds are to buy! I think I collected about 200 seeds and the original packet only had 12.

No longer receiving email notifications

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 20:12

I have to sign in every time I look at the forum too now. Nuisance.

Snowberry advice needed

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 13:35

Oh yes, I'd forgotten the pheasants and bird food. Oops . Thanks for the reminders - I'll wait till next spring!

Snowberry advice needed

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 09:05

Thank you, Nut. I'll try that in a few weeks when the berries look a bit old! It is quite pretty and the bees love it.

Snowberry advice needed

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 22:49

We have an old, spreading snowberry bush in full sun. It seems healthy and has flowers at the end of its branches, but not down the stems.  Another, younger bush has flowers in the leaf joints down the stems. Should we cut back the old bush drastically to encourage more flowers? The old bush has suckers, should they be allowed to grow or be cut out? I was under the impression that suckers take energy from the parent plant. This is a bit complicated!  I hope someone knows! Ultimately we want more flowers on the old bush. 

Comfrey

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 14:33

Comfrey is a great garden plant. The flowers are loved by bees; the leaves make brilliant plant food and are excellent in the compost heap. I once made a soothing cream from the leaves for bumps and grazes, just for my grandchildren. I wouldn't be without it. I suppose we are all different.

Lots of new plants to learn about

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 22:21

The euphorbia has bright acid yellow flowers in the spring and then spreads like mad! I have just dug up a bucket load; it had tiny red roots. It will be back next year but I just don't want it everywhere.

How did you get into gardening?

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 10:24

We had bees in the garden. Our garden was just a lot of scruffy grass and no flowers. I thought gardening was mowing the grass, sometimes. Then I realised that perhaps it would be kind to grow something for the bees. The grass is even scruffier but at least there are lots of flower beds now and even a few veg. I love being outside & having bees around me.

Are you finding this is a poor season?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 19:25

Spoke too soon - the wind has destroyed my beans. Huge gusts this afternoon gradually destroyed the frame and dumped them onto my leeks. Fed up.

Discussions started by Outdoor girl

Best buy bulbs

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Can I store Charlotte potatoes?

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Storing Charlotte potatoes

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A question about water

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Last Post: 07/07/2015 at 16:47

Monty and those gardening sins...

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Soil based compost

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Last Post: 08/06/2015 at 19:48

Failing plants from online supplier

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Last Post: 20/05/2015 at 13:08

When do potatoes flower?

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Last Post: 16/05/2015 at 18:43

Dwarf Cosmos

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Sick hebe

Bare branches and worse 
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Last Post: 16/04/2015 at 17:29

Potato planting dilemma

Going away... 
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Last Post: 07/03/2015 at 18:14

Hiring a lawn scarifier

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Last Post: 01/03/2015 at 02:10

Sarah Raven Sales

Are they worth it? 
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Last Post: 11/12/2014 at 10:07

Washing fleece

This is not housework gone mad ... 
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Last Post: 06/12/2014 at 09:27

Plants in France

Cheaper than UK 
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Last Post: 12/10/2014 at 17:52
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