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where are the fuchsia buds?

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 10:11

Can anyone suggest why there are no signs of buds on fuchsias this year.A friend also has this problem, so it is not just me!


Thanks in advance...

herbal lawns

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 08:35

It sounds lovely, I am thinking about not a lawn but a seat and bought two lots of camomile and the best for spreading, in my very technical experiment is Chamaemelum nobile Flore Pleno.

I also do not know what bump means, so thanks Sara for asking.

ID Pond Plant please

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 16:08

Oh, disappointing, just seen pics and it isn't like that, flowers similar though.

Sorry no help at all....

ID Pond Plant please

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 16:06

How serendipitous, I have just posted similar. Not sure about the leaves but I have marginal with lovely tiny white flowers on spikes called Mazus reptans alba. I hope it is this one so that I can feel very clever!

A miracle, well I think so.

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 16:00

I have a little tale...

My middle name is impulsive, so last summer I decided it was vital I had a container pond. I did as much research as I felt I needed; ie none. I knew I needed a practice before I bought a swanky container so I filled a small plastic plant pot with rain water, some stones from my stone collection, a marginal plant and an oxygenating plant to keep the water clear. I loved it during the summer but it became clear the marginal wasn't happy and the the oxygenating plant was almost dead. 

My interest waned and over winter it froze, even with a little platic ball in it! It completely dried out over this first bit of warm sun. I definitely no longer had an oxygenating plant.

I put the marginal in the bird bath last month where for some reason it flourished and flowered profusely.

Today I had a little inspection of the newly rain filled neglected pot. It is teeming with life...fabulous...I appreciate much of the life I see will be mosquitos soon, however there are also little beetles darting about and, my favourite, water snails roaming around the debris. I have no idea where the snails have come from but there are at least half a dozen.

What I am certain of is that Mother Nature always has the last laugh, I will have a container poond whether I like it or not...Good job I like it!


Posted: 21/06/2013 at 15:10

VERY small garden ideas on a budget

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 19:12

It is lovely, in my opinion, if I ever get sorted I shall post some photos, but I am new here so need to read instructions!




VERY small garden ideas on a budget

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 16:25


I also have a tiny garden and I am afraid I jam as much as I can in and pretend I am in the cosy, secret seating area of a much larger garden! My garden is all paving slabs as when I tried to take them up, it was concrete underneath! The one suggestion I can make that has worked really well for me is that a friend of mine made me some long wooden 'steps' A bit like those shoe racks you can get with wooden slats, but bigger. It goes along one of the sides of the garden. It meant that I can fit lots and lots more in. This adds height. I put lots of herbs on this and the fabulous benefit of small is the shelter; most of my herbs carry on through winter so there is year long interest. Grasses are great too. I also have a small arbour seat, my friend is very handy! I am trying to grow evergreens from tubs up and over it but it is a slow process and I am impatient. I grow everything in pots and put the veg in long thin ones with bamboo poles to grow on, again if like me you are overlooked runner beans make a fantastic tasty screen. Just a word here make sure pots are heavy or put a brick in tub as they can topple when covered. 

I also have a tiny table and two chairs and don't care that they hardly fit, and walking around the garden is a hazard and exciting. 

The worst thing is the watering and the dreaded unsightly whellie bins. It, as above, all depends what you want, I am a horder and fall in love with every flower of herb I see and 'rescue' so many plants from the supermarket.

But I much prefer to be in the garden than anywhere else. 

Have much fun

What's your Flower of the moment?

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 21:31

I have just braved the pouring rain to make sure I not madder than I thought I was! After burying my nose into my JL, I have decided that yes I am happy to announce it does have a very pleasant, although I will admit light, fragrance! 

Also the lupin loves the rain, it is starting to flower.

tiny grub nestling in frothy saliva 'nest'!

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 21:20

Ohh I know this one, it is cuckoo spit , it was on Springwatch makes the spit from its bottom to protect it as it tastes bitter...

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