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What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 16:10

Ha, ha, I liked the bit about the americans, if I want to the US, I'd probably be saying Aw my gawd, a McDonalds, and on every corner, that's awsome! Mind you, the way McD is spreading here, don't need to go to the US!

Worked hard today, weeding, cutting grass edges, some planting out, finally decided to sow my runner beans, if they don't come up, well try, try, try again! Also planted out my two butternuts. OH has been hacking and digging to try and get the dead bamboo roots out, which have spread at least 8 meters each way along the fence. Fortunately there is also a concrete wall about a foot high between us and the neighbour so thank goodness didn't go across to them as well. Took us over a year chopping down and spraying every little new shoot with glyphosate to kill it. Dreadful stuff, never again!


Another plant identifier please....

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 15:51

Have just pulled out the forget-me-nots which are in the way, am leaving the ones in odd corners where nothing really wants to grow anyway. I have a brunnera which was here when we moved in 17 years ago. It made only one or two little seedlings in all that time, right next to the mother plant, which I have replanted in other spots.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 10:12

Morning all! Sun shining here at last, but only until Wednesday! I do wish you Brits would stop sending all your rain over here!!

Lizzy your double aquiligias are gorgeous. The seeds I bought from Irland weeks ago are just beginning to peep through. I hope they will be as lovely as yours, got 4 different colours.

Strawberry Mata

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 07:25

Plant ID please

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 07:20

Nola, I think you're right, have a look at this site



Posted: 27/05/2013 at 06:57

The propagation of Haworthias presents no problem. This can be achieved from offsets, seed, leaf cuttings, root cuttings (species with fleshy roots) and by cutting short the flower stems. (Cut them off at about 10 cm height when the first 1 - 2 flowers only have opened. As a rule the uppermost bract will form a new rosette which can then be removed and treated as an offset.) Cultural conditions for propagation are similar to those for other leaf succulents. Seed sowing, which can be done at any time of the year, gives best results on a north-facing windowsill. The temperature should be maintained between 15 - 20°C. It is important this temperature is not exceeded too much as this inhibits germination. Only when all have germinated, and seedlings have become acclimatised to the fresh air, can higher temperatures be tolerated for short periods; not before. Seeds older than one year generally do not germinate.

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Lewisia plants

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 16:52

Hi luck, found this in Google


Propagating Lewisia is done by digging up the fleshy tap root in either spring or fall and dividing and re-planting it in a 50% sharp sandy soil that is well draining. Its leaves remind one of hens and chicks but it blooms are profuse and colors vary depending upon the variety and range from red, pink, white, apricot, yellow and orange. Blooms will last from late spring well into the summer in cool zones in full sun, but prefer partial shade in warmer zones. It prefers a moist soil, slightly acidic, in the spring but will withstand drought conditions in summer. Great for filling in holes in stone walls. Most varieties are small in height, from 3" and up and is evergreen in warmer climates and deer tend to avoid the plant.


Posted: 25/05/2013 at 19:07

Your patio looks fantastic, Andy, your hard work has paid off. Is that your new bargain garden furniture in the background? Bet Mrs. Andy was pleased.

MOB rants

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 18:57

@Palaisglide "Today's rant is Speed Bumps!!! What use are they? what do they actually do apart from break the car springs?, who needs them?"

Does your car still have springs? It must be a vintage then, very valuable!

I do agree with you about these bl**dy things, though!

Another plant identifier please....

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 11:17

They are forget-me-nots!

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