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Outdoor girl

Latest posts by Outdoor girl

Fed up with the heat!

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 22:24

I wish it would cool down... much as I hate to say it! Having nurtured lots of plants through the cold spring, I am fed up with losing them to the scorching sun. Today I saw a chocolate cosmos had shrivelled up.  So, with some help from OH, I put up a gazebo to shelter my other seedlings. Hopefully the little plants that are waiting to go in will not die! Is it daft to go to these extremes?

Orange Hawkweed (Hieracium auantiacum)

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 20:29

oo er .... we've let it gropw because it is so pretty....   might need a re-think on this!

Another bee question

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 10:12

 Rather than destroy the nest, you could use a large shovel to pick up the entire nest and move it to a  sheltered spot in the garden similar to their current abode.As they are under a shed floor, covering them with a box and waterproof roof should suffice.

If they are living in the ground, dig a shallow hole, cover it with a flower pot and ensure they have side access for their workers. 

This should be done in the evening at about dusk so that the foragers do not 'lose' their home. It is an easy thing to do and will ensure your pollinators continue to thrive!


How did you get into gardening?

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 10:34

To my shame about 2 years ago, I realised that my husband's bees had no forage in our garden! I am a very late starter, have learned masses in the last two years but the field outside is beginning to look a little like a garden now. I only grow bee friendly flowers and can bore for England about compost! Is it odd to get a 'high' from going to a new garden centre?

Overgrown choisya

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 17:45

The choisya in my front garden has grown to an enormous size. It still flowers beautifully but needs a serious chop. There is a layer of leaves about 6-8 inches deep on the end of the boughs and then just bare wood underneath. Can I be ruthless...I like the idea of having some garden back!

Tonight's GW

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 08:07

Oh! Thanks for that ... don't really have the space for another thug.. we already have too much white comfrey, white willow and weeds! Ta anyway.

Tonight's GW

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 22:03

... planted with the alliums? They looked very striking but my telly is so small I could not see properly! Anyone else spot them?

Lupin growing advice needed

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 11:12

Thanks for that - not many pests then...! Off to GC this afternoon!

Lupin growing advice needed

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 09:06

My neighbours have some lovely lupins (yes - I have neighbour envy...)  and I fancy some in my garden too but I always thought they were difficult to grow. However, I know the neighbours are leave alone gardeners! so perhaps I could with a little advice from someone here.  My soil is flinty, chalky & free draining.

Dahlias with yellow leaves

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 14:45

Thanks for that! I have placed  bottomless pots around them to try & keep off the northerly winds for the next few days. I did harden them off but the wind was not quite so cold!

Discussions started by Outdoor girl

Plants in France

Cheaper than UK 
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What plants should I be feeding now?

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Snowberry advice needed

How best to care? 
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Saving peas for seed

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Help with cucumbers

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Cucumbers outdoors?

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Garlic rust

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Munched broadbeans

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Growing meconopsis

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Gardening with the enemy

And I don't mean slugs & snails! 
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What do you do with grass clippings?

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Supa Drippa taps

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Planting Nerines

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No Aconites yet

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