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Pruning a magnolia?

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 21:31

I have a well established Magnolia and have pruned it each of the last 3 winters removing a lot of the lower growth, crossed branches and so on.  So far it seems to have taken it all in its stride.

What (elusive) plant do you crave?

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 21:34

I bought some tulips 18 months ago called multi-headed red bouquet.  True to their name each bulb had a number of rich red flowers that looked incredible.  Can't find them anywhere now, not even on the producers web site.

Fragrant shrub

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 08:54

Choisya is my favourite too.  It smells beautiful, has a lovely layered look and is no fuss at all.

Black...good or yuck?

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 12:07

Black might go in a very modern garden.   But I'm not a fan of 'modern' gardens so it's a no from me!

The glory of Daffodils

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 21:24

Some lovely pictures here, I love your daffodil walk 4th Panda.

This is mine from a week or two ago, I planted a big bag of King Alfred last autumn.


Do my grape hyacinths have to go?

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 16:41

I'd been thinking of removing some large clumps of grape hyacinths in a new border I made last autumn.  So I took them out and planted the area up with some free bulbs I got, including some called muscari.

I have to admit I laughed when I saw them start flowering last week.  Another lesson learnt.

Seed sowing

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 13:12

I dug up a nursery bed a few weeks ago.  Unfortunately, I filled it the same day!

Seed sowing

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 21:44

Going back to Mike's original email (because I've just been very late getting to the thread), I appreciate the benefits of sowing direct and of sowing in to modules etc and growing on before planting out.  Because I have a green house (which is starting to fill up at this time of year) I find I can get ahead and enjoy tomatoes and courgettes a good month earlier than I otherwise would have done.

But, buying in plug plants such as courgettes or chillis just feels like cheating.  I can do it with flowers but I have a strange emotional attachment to growing my own food, to pricking out seedlings, to hardening off, nurturing, watering, shading from the sun when little.

Hmm, I had a point but I seem to have lost it...!

Cosmos seedling problem

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 13:31

Hi Mark, this is fairly common for me, as they grow they tend to drop off.  I've also pinched a couple off before and the seedling has gone on to grow fine.

Another 'what's this?' thread...

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 14:10

Thanks for all the suggestions, I think it probably is a hyacinth having had a look at some pictures on-line.  I will double check when I get home later.

It's entirely possible it's come up every year and I just haven't noticed!

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Another 'what's this?' thread...

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Onions sets in modules

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Apple Trees

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Yet another mystery plant...

...but it's popping up all over my garden 
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Pruning hibiscus and magnolia

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