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Latest posts by Rosie31

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 12:59

No problem Ryan, good luck with it!

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 08:09

Ryan, if you like tropicals i have some spare canna plants over-wintering... but they're big boys so cant be posted. I'm in South Wales,  half hour from bristol.  

granite worktop

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 16:23

Never re-polished ours and they are good as new, now five years old.  Every now and then (when visitors are coming ) we polish them with a window-cleaner spray and soft cloth.... and they absolutely SPARKLE.  

Daphne is too big for her boots!

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 10:49

Thanks both.  Hmmm....that doesn't sound too good! 

Variety - I think - is daphne odoro (possibly Jacqueline Postill?)


Daphne is too big for her boots!

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 17:03

I have two fabulous daphne bushes in the garden, planted about 10 years ago.  They are the stars of the show at this time of year, absolutely covered in bloom and pumping out delicious fragrance that fills the whole garden.  The problem is that they have now outgrown their space - they are about 7 foot high and four foot across.  I need to reduce them - certainly reduce their height. 

Can anyone advise on how best to go about it, without losing too much of next years flower?



Movie quotes

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 22:06

Aw, Pale Rider, I'd have got that one!  I should look in on this thread more often...

Can you recognise:   "This kind of certainty comes but just once in a lifetime"?

Dying Yesterday Today and Tomorrow Tree

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 09:30

I'd definitely say wait til your spring before writing out the death certificate - there is just a chance it will get over its shock and come back again after a rest over winter.

Poor thing!



Window ledge style heated propagator - any good?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 09:24

I'd agree with David that beating nature is hard to do but I also know just how itchy I get in January to see things growing!  In practice, the early-sown seeds of most plants don't really get you ahead of the game - the later sowings nearly always catch up and (to be honest) are often healthier..... BUT it is just so nice to see something green happening as early as possible!   So, as long as you don't expect miracles from your propagator I'd say go ahead and have fun with it.   And there are definitely a few seeds that do benefit from early sowings. 

But you do need to think about where you put the baby seedlings once they've germinated - they won't need heat any more but they mustn't be cold, and they'll need lots and lots of light.   Have you got anywhere that might work?

Window ledge style heated propagator - any good?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 08:20

They are great but you do need to make sure the windowsill gets enough light or your baby seedlings can really suffer.... that was the mistake I made!  Or make sure you have somewhere very light to move them to when they've germinated.


Posted: 18/12/2014 at 13:14

I've just splashed out on a pair of really good wellies so I looked at lots of brands.  Apparently Hunters used to be good quality but are now made to a different specification and have gone seriously downhill.  I needed a pair of wellies that I could go long walks in (with dog) so my priority was comfort, grip and being long-lasting.  I ended up with Aigle Parcours and they are completely fabulous - more comfy than slippers, and as good as my hiking boots over mud and rocks.  Ten mile walk no problem, and nice and warm too.  But you do pay for them - mine were just over £100.

For gardening I mainly wear my hiking boots, but that's cos our garden is on a 1:3 slope and made of rocks!


Discussions started by Rosie31

Amaryllis bulbs - advice please!

Will an amaryllis (hippeastrum) bulb last wrapped up for four weeks? 
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Last Post: 16/11/2015 at 12:18

Dahlias going free!

Would anyone like some dahlia tubers? 
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Last Post: 11/11/2015 at 13:25

Children's play area - help please!

Creating a zero-maintenance play and dining area for daughter 
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Last Post: 06/10/2015 at 23:16

pinching out dahlias

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Last Post: 12/05/2015 at 09:22

RHS Cardiff - what do you think?

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Last Post: 18/04/2015 at 16:26

Loosing my followed threads

Don't understand how to make sure I can 'follow' all the threads I'm contributing to 
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Last Post: 30/03/2015 at 18:04

Daphne is too big for her boots!

When and how to prune an overgrown daphne 
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Last Post: 21/02/2015 at 11:02

help with melons

how do i know when they are ready? 
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Last Post: 29/08/2014 at 18:10

Garden and Gardeners World back issues

What do you do with them? 
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Last Post: 31/07/2014 at 10:08

Suggestions please - shrubs for shade!

Shrubs for very shady, rocky bank 
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Last Post: 07/07/2014 at 16:20

Fast (annual?) climbers for instant effect... now?

Suggestions please to cover obelisks quickly! 
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Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 22:03

Cut flowers at end of May

What would be in bloom then? 
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Last Post: 04/04/2014 at 08:34

Wisteria and dogs - poisonous?

Any dog owners out there? 
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Last Post: 15/02/2014 at 15:35

Protecting banana plants - suggestions?

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Last Post: 05/10/2013 at 23:05

Sweet peas in conservatory?

Advice please 
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Last Post: 27/04/2013 at 11:03
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