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Recommend me a plant

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 21:58

Swedboy, have you considered a plant with fragrant foliage?  There is a plant called 'Old Man' which is an artemisia.  It has lovely feathery foliage which releases its scent when you brush past it. 

idea's please

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 08:10

In a similar situation in our garden we have forget-me-nots, pulmonaria, alchemilla mollis, bluebells, yellow loosestrife, white and purple deadnettle and also a tall shasta daisy. 

Hope this helps.


Posted: 22/04/2012 at 20:22

Wow, Rain, it's worth the extra click to see that!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 19:45

Or even post!

The sun has got his hat on,
Hip hip hip hooray!
The sun has got his hat on,
And we're coming out to play......not!

It worked that time, so Frank you can have your poetry thread after all.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 19:41

Well I don't know what happened there!  I was trying to press the shift key as well as the enter key.  It is used when typing to get to a new line without starting a new paragraph.   It worked 3 times then it send the message.  I'll posst this one and then try again.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 19:36
Palaisglide wrote (see)

Geof, knew about the edit and tried it ended up as gobbledygook so I left it.

I was going to suggest a say it in verse thread for those who get poetic about their gardens, classic, Romantic, Idyllic or doggerel it matters not, the double spacings would make that none viable so give up.


If you press
Shift + Enter

Keeping Chickens

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 21:57

FloBear, you asked for suggestions for plants for your 'free range' area of your garden.  Would leycesteria formosa (pheasant berry) grow there?  It grows tall enough that the hens can't jump up to eat it all, and it has attractive flowers and berries which they love.  The only things that have survived in my hens' permanent run is one daffodil, one tulip and a kind of perennial onion.

Our run, about 9 foot square, is three quarters covered with clear corrugated plastic sheets.  They have to be tied or weighted down VERY securely or you end up retrieving bits of broken sheet from all over the garden after a windy night!

Hello gardeners

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 09:24

Hi Ronniekav, I'm new here too.  Re your pumpkins, I would read the seed packet carefully.  Some pumpkin plants can grow very large - I have grown some that have trailed 10 feet or so from the original plant.  I'm sure you can get more compact varieties.  You can train them up a support but you have to then support the pumpkin fruits as they grow heavy. 

Good luck, and let us know how you get on.

fruit bushes

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 22:55

Daisy7 / Rena, your blackcurrant won't need canes, it will support itself.  The raspberry will grow thin canes 3 - 4 feet long and if you don't support them they flop over.  Although I find it's an advantage to let the canes flop a little bit as the fruits are then hidden under the leaves and the birds don't see them.  If you only have one plant you can put in bamboo canes and tie each rasperry cane in separately.  If you have a row of rasps you can put in 2 strong supports at each end,of the row, one each side, and attach strings along the length of the row, one each side, so the raspberry canes are supported inside them. 

Don't know if that made sense, someone else might have a picture to illustrate it. 

Keeping Chickens

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 21:40

PS you probably know 'tattiebogle' is a Scottish word for scarecrow.  A bogle for tatties (potatoes).  As an exiled Scot living in England and considering the scruffy old clothes I wear when I am on the allotment I thought it was a suitable name!

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