Sara 4

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shrub identification please

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 00:44

I'm so glad you identified it yourself - I was squinting it and annoying myself thinking I'd seen one but couldn't recognise it - it certainly does look like one.

Pulmonaria! :)

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 23:58

Ryan, if you lived somewhat closer I'd give you some - I've been dividing them up but I could have spared some.  I don't know the names of the ones I have, but I think they're the common sort - the foliage lasted all summer and is only just wilting now despite a couple of frosts.  It came out really early too.

Compost for carnivorous plants

Posted: 29/11/2013 at 22:17

They must be the ones who had the amazing stand at Chelsea this year (I didn't go, but I must have seen it on the news or something) - I would love to have a huge collection of them, but I think I'd better learn how not to kill the things in the garden and my three house plants first!

Compost for carnivorous plants

Posted: 29/11/2013 at 21:51

This shop is down the road from me, and their website seems helpful in specialist plant care - obviously as your plant is called Audrey you'll like the name!


Growing Mushrooms

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 01:00

We had a poly box thing, which did nothing whatsoever until the OH put it in a disused cupboard and we found one mushroom about 8 months later!  We may of course have missed a magnificent crop ... my Mum had some success with a very expensive impregnated log from a garden centre but did say she could have bought truffles with the money!

Indoor plant

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 22:42

Mixture of ferns? 

Yey I have 7m x 14m blank!

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 00:52

Thank you for the compliments Linda - it really is not as big as it looks particularly in the second photo.  I have had a huge amount of help with potential planting, much of it from this site (this is how I know the names Rodgersia and Nandina!) also from huge quantities of web research which confused me so much that I nearly ended up doing nothing at all.  For buying pond and marginal plants, I find a helpful site is

The man who runs the firm seems to be a very ethical one man band, isn't ruinously expensive and is very willing to share his expertise with those of us who can't tell a native pond plant from a flying saucer ...



little know facts

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 19:39

I might prefer to char grill a few celebrities (not necessarily for nutrition or anything).

Interesting about the soil seratonin Clueless - I've often gone out to the garden in a rage and come back calmly contented.

Yey I have 7m x 14m blank!

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 19:31

You asked for it Lily .... Sorry about Ursula Andress emerging from the water!  If I try and take a photo of her she won't keep still, if I don't want her in it she turns into Kate Moss ...



Yey I have 7m x 14m blank!

Posted: 13/11/2013 at 23:58

Sorry for long delay in coming back to you Linda - work irritatingly interfering with my leisure time, instead of just sending me a cheque ... I didn't finish my pond until last month, so it isn't fully planted as of yet but I have a lot of arum lilies, irises and ferns etc around the outer edges, have planted the world's tiniest Rodgersia in a boggy bit and a heavenly bamboo (nandina) at the back of the beach bit.  There are a few pond plants which might burgeon in the spring - flowering rush, water mint and some other natives I have forgotten the names of.  I have seeded with things like loosestrife in the non grass area, but I'm really looking forward to the spring when I can put in water lilies etc and plant the boggy bits up properly with things that might want to grow! 

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Nasty spiny weed (probably)

What is it? 
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Winter tree wash

trying to prevent woolly aphids 
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So exciting!

First day of filled pond, and ....! 
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Overwintering Geraniums ... (or pelargonium) and begonia

Will they survive inside in pots? (Oh, and fuchsia, too) 
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Has anyone overwintered it? 
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Are your comments updating?

Is the site playing up? 
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Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Need some advice please ... 
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Ants on rose - why?

No aphids, but millions of ants 
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Weed I assume

Anyone know what it is? 
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My muse has deserted me ...

Looking for ideas 
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Will seeds grow? 
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I'm sure they aren't usually this big! 
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What is this?

Cos I don't know how big it might get ... 
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This rose doesn't seem quite right ...

What do you think? 
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Soil testing kit

Do the prong ones work? 
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