Paul N

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Talkback: Coping with drought in the garden

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 20:54

Nonsense. Water butts don't have to be those expensive ones garden centres sell. My water butts (3) were free from a chemical company obtained twenty years ago. A fourth one cost me #10 from a farmer, and my biggest one #15. In total 433 gallons of rainwater and they are still overflowing. The connections are odd lengths of plastic pipe and taps, with concrete blocks beneath the butts.

Globe Artichoke

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 10:50

And they are one and they same thing? Ta.

Photinia -

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 10:49

I think we're being a bit tough with the neighbour. Maybe he mean't that it would grow to large for such a smallish garden. If he said the same thing about a Leylandii, we'd all agree with him, but in this case, he's wrong.

Globe Artichoke

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 10:31

I have been given some small seedlings which were called Globe Artichokes. I've just been reading up about them and discovered Cardoons - which I believe these to be) and Globe Artichokes which are edible. I will get back to our friend to discover exactly what they are but in the mean time - are all decorative or edible? Or are some decorative whilst others are decorative?

Welcome to the potting shed

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 10:24

Hi peeps. North Kent on the Downs. Chalky soil. I've just finished reading Vita Sachville-West's Garden Book. Quite an enjoyable read. Figrat, My ancestors came from near Dartmoor - Harberton, Harbertonford and Dartmouth, ten generations of farmers, before my grandfather left for the London Docks and Kent.

Photinia -

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 10:18

Red Robins are fine, we have one, and are much liked by the local parks department. I presume your knowledgable neighbour think they are out of place because they eventually grow a bit large, but so will many shrubs if they aren't pruned. They aren't fast growing and I think I've pruned ours just the once. And what other shrub provides attractive flashes of scarlet in April?

cost of entrance to gardening shows

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 10:13

I took will always look for abandoned or neglected plants. Some years ago my wife and a friend visited Heligan and came back with a stick of a plant. It was a very poorly Rhododendron which with nurturing has since become a beautiful bush, currently in bloom with soft pink flowers. We lost the label so emailed them a while back to be told is was quite a rare specimen and that we were lucky to have her.

Two week ago my non-gardening son told me to dug up a tall Rosa glauca from his childr friendly back garden. It's now doing well in ours.

Quickest seeds to gerninate?

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 20:43

Water Cress?

Name !!!!

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 20:41

There are SIX Oscars in the RHS Plant Finder website.


Posted: 25/04/2012 at 12:40

I'm thinking of visiting the Keukenhof Gardens during their last week, on the 16th May. Are the bulb displays still likely to be attractive as it's towards the end of the event? Can anyone recommend a budget hotel within easy reach of the event. I am currently looking at £123 for two nights for a single person, no breakfast, at nearby Leiderdorf, but as I'm a penny pincher, I am looking for somewhere cheaper.

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