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Posted: 03/07/2015 at 22:31

I have only seen a couple of ladybirds,lots of aphids and bees and quite a few butterflies since the weather has been sunny.  Where are the ladybirds?

does anyone know what I've done with my secateurs?

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 22:25

Sounds familiar!

Why did these plants die and what can I replace them with?

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 22:20

Renata, it is worth a try, even if you didn't care for them as well as you should have, GCs aren't stupid and won't want to make a loss and will only replace if they feel the plants were not up to standard.  I would recommend Pieris - they need ericaceous compost and have all year round interest.

does anyone know what I've done with my secateurs?

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 12:03
Try the compost bin, hiding under a plant? I'm sure they've got legs! They'll turn up in the most unlikely place. Found them yet?

What now

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 22:18

Only use well rotted manure on your flower borders.  If you have room for a compost bin you can add manure to your grass cuttings, prunings and vegetable peelings.

RHS Hampton court

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 22:10

I love Hampton Court, and Tuesday was no exception.  Always go with my sister, which is a real treat for us both as we don't get together nearly often enough - I'm in Kent and she is in Devon.  Our favourite show garden was 'The Wellbeing of Women Garden'.  Our overall impression this year was that the planting was generally quite subtle with purples, blues and white with splashes of orange, but not really bright colours - very relaxing, not too vibrant.  It is difficult to cover the whole ground in a day, but I would definitely recommend it.  It was particularly hot this year, so lots of water and resting in the shade is essential.

What now

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 21:41

Christine, I agree with Dave that you can sow seeds in pots or trays and keep them outside.  I keep mine on a sheltered, shelving unit on the patio - so very satisfying when they grow into healthy, colourful plants at a very low cost.  You do need to be patient, as they don't all grow at a fast rate and you can lose some along the way, but it is well worth the wait, especially when they produce seeds, and therefore more plants.  There's a wealth of information and knowledge on this site. I also buy plants from local markets as well as a very good nursery/garden centre nearby.  I note that you're a rider, so you probably have access to wonderful horse manure!   

What now

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 17:40
Hi Christine. I'm sure there is such a book! However, you seem to have your patch under control at the moment. You can sow seeds now, salad leaves, spinach, parsley, Echinacea, Dianthus, Veronica, Forget-Me-Nots, Foxgloves, Gailardia, Linum, Pansies, Violas, radish, to name but a few - I've just gone through old seed packets, there'll be loads more. So, no need to be bored - get sowing! And you can start to decide what Spring bulbs to plant in the Autumn. You could also join a local horticultural group or start a course. Have fun!

Alan's new series

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 11:21
Agree, too maudlin, although the family were overjoyed with their new garden, which was great. Hated the plastic wall- a quick fix, which is what the programme is about. Also, the names of the plants is not shown on the screen. Not really about gardening, more like Ground Force. I didn't like the end result. However, I'll continue to watch as I don't want to miss anything. Can't imagine Monty doing a programme like this. (Incidentally, I don't think he is looking very well lately.)

Orchid box

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 08:25
Maybe try an orchid specialist online? Failing that, I'm sure the GW people can help. I thought it looked good and might try something similar.
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