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Hanging baskets in shade

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 12:30


I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for any perennial plant I can put in a hanging basket in *deep* shade, I want some hanging baskets down the return which gets abolutely no direct sun at any time of the year. Apart from ferns and ivy (which I already plan to use a lot) can anyone else suggest something? I would like something trailing if possible. Many thanks in advance if anyone can give any advice!


Cheap greenhouse - advice please!

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 14:48

Hi Busy-Lizzie, thanks for your reply, funnily enough I have that one open in a tab on my browser as it would be my second choice! I could certainly use the space inside the greenhouse but worried it will take up too much garden space (Currently in inner city Victorian housing, if we move it will likely be the same type of house and garden)

Hi Buttercupdays, I had a long look at that one and thought the access to each side could be difficult? I always water my seedlings from bottom up so would be taking the seed trays out quite often. As for shelving, I have plenty of shelves from the degraded plastic greenhouses, I've measured up and I'd be able to fit two of them in this one in an L shape (except that only works if you don't have to have the two lower corner shelves that are in the picture, I've asked if it is possible not to use these in the assembly)

Cheap greenhouse - advice please!

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 12:26


I've decided I'm going to buy my first "proper" greenhouse. I've previously bought the cheap plastic ones which are ok for a few months and then the cat climbs up them to get the last rays of the sun and they degrade pretty quickly.

My budget is as cheap as possible (I couldn't really go above £200). I also have a very small garden and we may be moving house so it needs to be relatively small and easy to take with us. Having said that, I'd ideally like to be able to get inside it and shut a door, but this isn't a necessity. 

I intend to use if for sowing and raising flowers from seed only (I don't do fruit and veg!)

I've seen this one and I was hoping you could all tell me what you think of it

Alternatively, can anyone suggest a different product that would suit my needs and budget?

Early flowering plants for butterflies?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 16:10

Thanks Dove, we are still in the very beginning of our project, which is trying to grow as many different plants as possible! We have this one butterfly that keeps coming back but I don't see it going to any flowers, it's attracted to our fire pit and keeps sitting on it, not sure there's much for it there!

Was going to get some Sweet Rocket seeds but had to cull it on account that our list was too big, will put that at the top of next year's list!

We have quite a few things on the list in that pdf, but mostly the autumn nectar plants, I heard Aubretia can get out of control and self seed everywhere which is why I cut that one from the list, but I have seen many gardens with it in bringing lovely early colour.

Early flowering plants for butterflies?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 14:35

Hi, we're working on a wildlife friendly garden and we're growing many things for the bees and the butterflies. We have quite a few things in our garden which have been flowering for a few weeks which the bees are quite happy with. However, we've seen quite a few butterflies around but we don't seem to have any suitable flowers for them, so what should I grow for next year which is early flowering and will keep the butterflies happy?

Suggestions much appreciated!

Damping off! **Please** help!

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 11:40

We are basically city centre Wolverhampton and all the seedlings are right next to the house so I'm not overly worried about frost (famous last words!!) It's the slug that's done in my wallflower fire king and my sea lavender that I'm most worried about now!


Planting out Sweet Peas

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 10:35

Ok I have flowers coming on my dumped-in-a-shady-position sweet peas from last year! The other plants are coming along great too, can't wait for them all to flower!

Damping off! **Please** help!

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 10:30

HI I just wanted to give an update on my damping off!

Firstly thanks to all of you for your advice, I have learnt ventilation is key! Since keeping a focus on ventilation I have had no further issues, all my second sowing of seedlings are off to a flying start, even some of the first batch which I removed to a sheltered position have survived!

The greenhouse cover gets practically removed when it will be a good day, covering the top when rain is predicted and is zipped up on one side during the night unless it will be very cold when I zip up both sides. Also, in handling the cover I've made some accidental ventilation holes which I think may have been beneficial!

You can't believe how happy I am now to come home every day and find success rather than disappointment!

Planting out Sweet Peas

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 19:21

Your tub looks much prettier than mine, we have basically a bucket and chicken wire contraption set up (we had hoped to buy a house by now, and hope to very soon, so we had to plant them with what we had!), hoping the beauty of the sweet peas will distract!!

I've also put in some Jan sown ones with the Autumn sown ones in a different tub, also bit of an experiment to see if I can just leave it to later rather than argue with ones that get a bit big too quick!

I'm hoping I get super early flowers on the old ones I read somewhere on here someone got sweet peas flowering in Feb once, I'd like to know where they were in the country!

I have 16 different varieties of sweet peas going at the moment, I have a bit of a sweet pea problem, still I think it's better than some addictions!


Posted: 20/04/2014 at 19:13

I feel your pain!! See my recent quest for answers?:


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Cheap greenhouse - advice please!

Buying my first "proper" greenhouse 
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Cinnamon for Damping Off

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Damping off! **Please** help!

I've followed advice to avoid it but still losing my babies!  
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