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Anyone oop North started planting yet ?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 17:08

In Sheffield. Just been walking round the garden thinking how cold it is. Did plant out some autumn sown annuals a week ago. Plenty of seeds growing on window sills but with an unheated greenhouse nothing can move out yet and I am running out of windows. More snow this week!


Posted: 15/03/2013 at 21:16


the yellow flowers are phlomis. Nice shrub, great seed heads after the flowers and evergreen with grey/green leaves.


Posted: 15/03/2013 at 12:40

 Hi all

just trying to get to grips with this picture uploading buisness. hopefully this shows some pictures of the garden in June

Ideas wanted for feature pot.....

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 16:52

I know what you mean about bay trees. I live in Sheffield and they dont like it . Big pot needs a big plant. I agree with you about a tree [or maybe a bamboo]. I know we tend to be very snooty about conifers but there are some really beautiful ones out there and not just in green [or how about a  topiary yew or box ]

signs of life

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 12:11

Well its snowing again in Sheffield. The weather here has been truly miserable for weeks. However have been really cheered up this morning as the first seeds sown in my propagator this year [ Agastache, Scabious "Chile Black" and Gaura ] have just germinated. This has given me a huge lift and the feeling that the growing year has really started. New life is wonderful.

Your experiences with Astrantia

Posted: 11/12/2012 at 16:47

My understanding, although I have not tried it myself is that astrantias are actualy quite easy to grow from seed. They seem to need a cold period in order to get them to germinate, so sow them now put them somewhere shelters over winter and then yhey will germinate next spring. Lots of plants virtually for free.

Phormium protection

Posted: 09/12/2012 at 13:03

One thing that you can do is to tie up the leaves which will protect the crown. Then if it gets really cold drape them with some fleece overnigt.


Posted: 09/12/2012 at 12:59

I dont need to tell you what a wet year its been and I have been having great difficulty harvesting seeds for next year. However, about two weeks ago I cut some very wet stems from some Agastache and some Verbena Bonas { cant spell the rest of that },put them in paper bags and hung them upside down in the porch. Today I have just harvested lovely dry seeds ready for spring.

what kind of grit do the gardeners use in there potting soil?

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 23:47

I get my grit at garden centres but can also get from DIY stores and builders merchants

what kind of grit do the gardeners use in there potting soil?

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 12:49

Hi Dutch Ellen.

I lived in Groningen for a year working at the hospital. Had a great time

What I use is horticultural grit which makes a good draining compost and sprinkled on top also aids drainage and stops moss or algae growing on the surface.

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