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Flowers to Grow in Allotment

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 09:01

Mine have had a few nibbles this year but seem to be okay, they havent touched the cosmos though!

Flowers to Grow in Allotment

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 16:20

Without saying, sweet peas of course which you already grow.  I also had a cutting patch on the allotment this year with cosmos (easy to grow from seed, bees love them and the last quite well as a cut flower) and dahlias (not the huge ornate ones as not overly keen on them, but the single variety, Bishops children, also grown from seed), also have a lilac which self seeded from somewhere else so I popped it in the corner (also good as a cut flower), a border with wildflower seeds scattered on it (cornflowers, poppies etc).

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 09:08

I have a large collection of vases of different shapes and sized picked up from various places but also use things like jam jars and a small glass olive oil bottle which makes a great vase for a single rose.

Alot of foliage comes from the garden but flowers are mainly from a cutting bed I have put in on the allotment.  My garden is not huge and I like to keep the flowers from there, in situ.

spring onion seeds

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 14:38

I've also had problems.  I may have sown the first lot a little to early.  Sowed a second lot about 2-3 weeks ago and they are now 2-3 inches high, so doing alot better.  Have also had a problem with beetroot this year.

Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 14:33

We have a large Tesco store near us in Cornwall (without a petrol station).  What bugs me is getting the vouchers/points for money off petrol when the nearest Tesco petrol station is over 20 miles away.  The till staff are always very apologetic when they give you your petrol voucher as I am sure that they have heard so many times "thanks for the voucher! the money I save I will spend driving to the tesco petrol station""!  I would prefer to be given the option of petrol vouchers or an alternative.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 14:28

Have a huge vase of allotment grown sweetpeas in the bathroom, some grown-from-seed bishops children dhalias in the lounge and a huge bunch of cosmos in white and various pinks in the kitchen.

A few weeks ago I cut a lovely bunch of amazing scented roses (Gertrude Jekyll) and combined them with some small purple buddelia and used some eucalyptus foliage for a fantastic shabby-chic look - all from the garden.

Reviving a dying plant

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 14:24

About 6-7 years ago I bought two tiny box cuttings from Asda for 99p each.  They are now large box balls planed on either side of a path.  Its taken a while but they look great.

I also buy alot of reduced price perennials from the garden centre in the autumn when they have finished flowering a look a bit scappy. 

Recommend a full season of strawberries?

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 11:01

It depends on whether the hubby or I plant - Hubby is more of the regimented straight rows (using string to ensure everything is plumb) whereas I am a more 'by eye' and if 'it wants to grow there, let it' school of thought.  Hubby was shocked that I had let some self-seeded flowers grow amongst the strawbs - looked lovely though!

Recommend a full season of strawberries?

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 10:44

Hi Boater

With regard to your final paragraph - I definately seem to be falling into the 'rambling strawberry patch' category.  Am hoping that my later varieties will start to flower shortly.

Recommend a full season of strawberries?

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 15:34

When starting my strawb bed I bought a selection of early, mid and late varieties.  In its third year this year (so I am expecting the crop to lessen next year), however all the varieties seem to be fruiting at the same time!  I know that some of the plants have 'walked' via runners but I dont hold out much hope for a particularly late crop.

Second strawb bed started last year ready to take over from the first one.

Have been picking a good few lbs worth every other day for the past few weeks but they seem to have slowed down dramatically in the last week or so.

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