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Posted: 04/06/2014 at 10:45

Chris25, that Lupin treatment sounds a bit drastic. I would not bother with the pre-soaking, just plant the seeds into modules or small pots. I sow mine in the autumn, and then they are ready to be planted out the following Spring.

Neither Lupins or foxgloves come true from seed.

matthiola incana

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 10:40

Hiya rosemummy. I would regard them as half hardy annuals, so you need to save seed and start again each year.


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 09:14

Morning all.

Its grim up North today, wet and dark, cant even face a wander round the garden.

Have a good day everyone, hope the workers emerge with their smiles intact.


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 18:06

Rosemummy, you were only about 2 miles from where I live, although I have to admit, I have never been to that GC.

Yes, I agree Verdun, they bring real structure to my hot bed, along with  Dahlias. Most of the rest of the bed is filled with Atriplex, Ricinus and bright red and oramnge annuals of various types. You definetely need sunglasses on to view it.

Right tea wont cook itself, anyone for a G@T?


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 16:45

Hi all. Its been looking like we might have a storm all day, dark ominous clouds, but as yet no rain.

Have moved the succulents outside, and they are looking good in amongst the other pots.

This years seed dahlias have also been potted into large pots. It will be interesting to see what colours they turn out to be. Bishops Children, so all have darl leaves. Could be nice.

Main Dahlias are still fairly small, so wont be ready to plant out for a couple of weeks.

Still moving Cannas around in the hot bed, I tell myself I am trying to get the right look, but I think I am just too lazy to dig the big holes to put them in.

See you later.

A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 16:30

Euphorbia purpurea is ideal for dry shade, and the colour would fit

Some grasses do well in shade; Bowles golden grass, Stipa arundicea[ good rust colours ] and Deschampsia are possibilities.

Vincas a bit dull perhaps?

Persicaria Red Dragon will take quite a lot of shade, and the leaf colour is good [ although white flowers late in the season ]

Ageritina Chocolate has lovely foliage and grows well in shade in my garden [ again white flowers ]

Maybe a fern such as the Dryopteruses [?dryopteri ] do well in dry shade.

Shrub Id. Please

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 10:26

Agree with Hostafan1

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 08:04

KEF, I hoped you would spot that photo!

Some lovely flowers in your garden though.


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 08:00

Giraffe in the garden this morning. [ Well on safari last year actually ]

Back to wet and grey today.

Plan is to move Echeveria, Aeoniums and various other non hardys outside today.

have a good day everyone.

Glyphosate - possible problems?

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 22:55

I spent my working life giving drugs to patients to keep them alive, knowing full well, that in the longer term the side effects of those drugs might kill them. Die now or later!

Also as we all know history repeats itself, particularly if we dont learn the lessons from it......I am thinking DDT.

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