London (change)
Today 5°C / -2°C
Tomorrow 3°C / -1°C


Latest posts by Peanuts3

1 to 10 of 368

plant / weed id please

Posted: Yesterday at 21:47

Is anyone able to id these plants esp the frilly one.  Weeding needs to commence, if its not ground elder or alkanet I don't have a clue.

 Thank you.

School Sensory garden - Rainbow flowerbed

Posted: Yesterday at 21:39

1) Rainbow flowerbed.

Not content with doing the wildlife garden, running the PTA, I'm now looking after the sensory garden at school. Who has time for work ???

We have a circular area in the middle of the garden that has a lovely dwarf tree in the middle.  It is split into 7 separate sections, which made me think as it is the sensory garden, whether we change it round, so each section relates to colours in the rainbow.

What do you think about this ? We have plants in there already, that I'm thinking as and when they appear, I'll be asking all you lovely people to ID them so I can move them into the correct section of the rainbow.

As it is a mix of perennials, I'm wondering whether it will be obvious enough.  Don't want to spend money on a load of plants.

Maybe I could scatter annuals in the colours to fill in any gaps and make it bolder?

2)  Also the area behind with the stepping stones last year was planted with wildflowers, which grew really well, but all flowered in the summer holiday when no one saw them?? We are thinking maybe we could dig it over and plant vegetables for Nursery and Reception classes to look after.  Would there be any problems clearing the wildflower area.  Seems a shame but I'm thinking it would have been better in the wildlife area.  can I do anything to transfer plants or would they have all been annuals?

We also have a herb bed, which is great, needs some TLC, and then two flowerbeds which have some perennials in, but looked straggly last year,

any ideas what to do in here ?

 sorry a bit of a long one...

Any help, advice, hand holding gratefully received. Thank you.

Looking for ideas

Posted: Yesterday at 15:30

How deep is the border ?  This would help decide what to plant too ?

What sells well at charity plant sales?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 13:29

I'm a complete novice, but I grow cosmos from seed, treat it oh so badly but always amazed at how well it grows and flowers.  That would have to be popular surely, unless its too easy

Plant sales for school fundraising

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 21:00

Thank you for all of your helpful responses.  I'll see what I can do.  Just got to organise a sponsored pancake flip first, get two sheds taken down and find volunteers to help me take those down, and put up and organise the new one, then there is the potential movie night...

Plants are so much more fun than that.  Looking forward to better weather so i can get out in my garden and think about that rather than PTA stuff.

Plant sales for school fundraising

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 21:49


Have any of you wise people out there been involved in organising a plant sale for a school fundraiser?  I'm thinking maybe I could combine my two passions.

Would you go to local garden centres to ask them for plant donations to sell at a profit along with free advertising for them ?  Would they do that, or do you have to rely on parents bringing plants to sell ?

I am currently working on the wildlife garden at the school as well, and last year we did ask parents to bring plants in which we did plant up.  We may be asking them to donate plants for another gardening day so may not donate plants twice.

Any ideas / advice ?

Thank you.

How do I encourage hedgehogs into my garden?

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 14:06

I too would love hedgehogs in my garden.  I have found poop in the garden in the summer months, but am yet to figure out if it is fox or hedgehog (don't fancy dissecting it) We have all the above things mentioned, woody area, piles of leaves and sticks for them to hide in but have never seen one. 

We do also have about 4 foxes that come through the garden so I've even tried asking if we can have a rescue hedgehog but can't because of the foxes. 

I just live in hope I have one living down the end of the garden but they are too shy to be seen. (just like the fairies I tell my girls about...)

How to identify Rhododendron Ponticum vs other rhodo varieties

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 19:21

Oh my goodness Chicky, you are amazing!   what a great memory and what great advise.  I actually saw that company at Chelsea two years ago and had thought about it then, but had forgotten.  I will certainly look them up and take a trip over to them.  You never know I might come away with a new rhodie to go in its place. 

Thank you so much ! 

Rambling roses

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 14:06

I've just looked at this, we have 6 x 80ft scots pines down the end of the garden as well as two oak and a sycamore (which I'd love to get rid of)

I was thinking about whether to plant a rose to go up any of these, but love the idea of the montana clematis.   Hmm now which tree to choose for the clematis ?

How to identify Rhododendron Ponticum vs other rhodo varieties

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 14:03

Hmm I'm thinking that one is, will keep an eye on it and when have some spare ££ remove and plant up with another variety. 

1 to 10 of 368

Discussions started by Peanuts3

plant / weed id please

Replies: 12    Views: 205
Last Post: Today at 10:28

School Sensory garden - Rainbow flowerbed

How to make it work 
Replies: 6    Views: 117
Last Post: Today at 10:07

Plant sales for school fundraising

How to do it? 
Replies: 11    Views: 226
Last Post: 24/01/2015 at 21:00

How to identify Rhododendron Ponticum vs other rhodo varieties

Any tips ? 
Replies: 5    Views: 219
Last Post: 13/01/2015 at 19:29

Planting a tree

Is this the right time of year 
Replies: 5    Views: 188
Last Post: 15/01/2015 at 21:30

Extra thorny roses

Am I doing something that is making my roses have more thorns? 
Replies: 22    Views: 551
Last Post: 10/01/2015 at 10:46

Recommendation for extendable loppers

Have managed to break mine :-(  
Replies: 10    Views: 272
Last Post: 05/01/2015 at 22:43

Euonymus europaeus

Does it have thorns 
Replies: 7    Views: 199
Last Post: 06/01/2015 at 17:58

Where to put arch?

44m long path, and woody area at the end 
Replies: 5    Views: 526
Last Post: 26/12/2014 at 10:29

Snow Queen hydrangea

Leaves still green 
Replies: 1    Views: 287
Last Post: 26/12/2014 at 10:04

Clematis present

Do I plant it now and black spots over the leaves 
Replies: 9    Views: 493
Last Post: 07/12/2014 at 08:43

To cut back or not to cut back...

that is the question. 
Replies: 3    Views: 283
Last Post: 24/09/2014 at 20:05

Plant ID please

I'm sure I know it but... 
Replies: 5    Views: 334
Last Post: 25/09/2014 at 10:29

Berries with black stuff on

Is this normal ? 
Replies: 2    Views: 210
Last Post: 24/09/2014 at 14:28

Flooded gardens campaign

Well done ! 
Replies: 13    Views: 456
Last Post: 26/09/2014 at 19:20
1 to 15 of 147 threads