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NYD flower count 2015

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 14:51

Nutcutlet...........H foetidus seeds.  If you manage to collect some and have sufficient then yes please ( tho I wasn't hinting -  honestly ).

investing in a heated propagator.

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 19:04

If you have the space and money, I'd go for a heated bed every time.  I had years of pleasure with my soil warming cables........depending on the layout, they can be so productive.

Propagators aren't really a fair comparison.......they work well for what they consist of but you are always restricted.

NYD flower count 2015

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 18:59

Lilly........Nicotiana...........I know...........ridiculous isn't it but truly I do have a little clump of them still flowering.

Nutcutlet......."hundreds of years ago ".....I can empathise with that  I find them quite interesting but none here. 

NYD flower count 2015

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 18:42

H foetidus.........I remember that from previous gardens....was one of the earliest for me.

New To This!

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 18:31

Just don't sow your "hot" stuff too early.......Chillies, Peppers, Tomatoes etc. will germinate happily in a heated ( propagator ) environment now but unless you have the light levels, most of them will end up leggy and weak in the UK climate.

Far better to wait until later in the year ( March maybe ? )......your seeds will still germinate but you will have the added advantage of higher light levels to keep them sturdy.  Little point in producing early plants which grow tall before the all important flower production.

NYD flower count 2015

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 18:22

Joyce...........I was thinking the same thing about annoying otherwise I could have added Daphne and C. armandii

Maybe we could have an "almost" there........maybe not tho........could get a bit complicated

birds in my garden

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 17:48

Emma.......lucky you for the Bullfinch...........they seem to be few and far between these days.  My last sighting was a good few years ago.

Hope you feel better soon

Feeding birds

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 17:36

Bread also tends to expand once eaten even when you think you have soaked it.  It is not the best food for birds altho many people still continue to throw out bread " for the birds".  Best avoided IMO.

I also notice huge chunks of bread littering my garden when neighbouring birds bite off more than they can chew and lose their meal .....good news that they didn't manage to actually eat it but clearing it up  fills my rubbish bin  

First Hellebore!

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 17:23

Have one in full flower but nothing really exciting.....just an average pink.

All the others have strong buds showing but no flowers yet.

What is catching your eye?

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 17:15

Me too for that yellow lathyrus.  Is it too much to hope that it is scented as well ?  Or one of the perennials ?  Beautiful clear colour.

I was tempted last year by the so called hardy "Gardenia"......sorry, can't recall the proper name but haven't noticed it in the catalogues this year.  Has anyone actually grown this one and was it as fantastic as the description implied ?

Catalogues are coming through the door almost every day.  Overkill I think as most are simply repeating previous ones.  The pictures seem to get ever more enticing tho and the depth of colour is truly amazing (and unbelievable ).  I think there is more technology going into the production of the catalogues these days than is going into the plants

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Rude but funny.

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