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Latest posts by Tootles

Feeding camellias and rhododendrons

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 19:39

Hi Lena, I gave mine a little bit of food a couple of weeks ago, and top dressed the pots with a little fresh ericaceous compost. Most important this time of year is to keep them well watered so that the buds stay plump and don't drop off before flowering in the spring.  

Gardener's rewards...

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 19:30

Dirt under my nails, seed catalogue on my lap, Strictly on the telly box, other half watching rugby upstairs and cake of the chocolate and fresh cream variety.  Happy happy days for this gardener! Hope others are having a fab Saturday evening (with treats)!


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 15:31

Have had a go at sewing lupins by giving the hard seed shells a nip with a stanley knife. Also sewed some foxglove seeds. 

Tidying up my pots and general pottering about!  Have come in to decorate a chocolate cake and stew some apples ready for freezing for some winter crumble. 

I love this time of year.

Propogating holly

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 08:33

Hello Sian

 Carol Klein, in her Cottage Garden series, took fallen berries and put them in a plastic sandwich bag, with some compost, then put them in the fridge for a week to imperative winter. She then planted them. I'm going to have a go at this method. I'm sooooo rubbish at cuttings!

good luck with your attempt. Do let us know how you get on.

Reusing this year's soil

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 18:36

I tend to take out the top half and use it on the raised beds. I dig over the bottom half to break up the roots, bang some plant food in and put fresh stuff in the top. As Lydiaann says, it can cost quite a bit especially with larger pots. Never had any problems. 

Plant recommendations

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 18:30

Hi Tina

 I recently put two variagated hollies in a couple of my pots. They are growing really well and have some lovely red berries. Nice and bright for dark winter months. I was hoping to grow them into standards but I actually quite like their current shape.

These were about £8 each so not a bad investment.


Not quite ripe seeds....

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 18:28

Thanks Welshonion.  I'll give it a go. They are from a beautiful deep red poppy that was growing by the road side when we went out on a bike ride today.  Would love it to grow in my wild area.

Not quite ripe seeds....

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 15:34

hello, does anyone know if these poppy heads will ripen now they are off the plant, so that I can plant the seed?




Posted: 01/10/2015 at 11:41

Good news round about where I live. Visited three garden centres to buy a hedgehog house and all three had sold out! One lady in the garden centre said that they'd had stock for four years and were lucky to sell one or two per year, but over the last month they've been snapped up.

ive ended up buying one from Amazon for £27 - wooden base and slate roof. Hoping it arrives soon!


England rugby

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 20:13

I thought their shorts were nice and I also enjoyed the singing! 

Japan to win 

Discussions started by Tootles

Strange problem....

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Gardener's rewards...

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Not quite ripe seeds....

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Bird box where bees had been all summer....

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Blood moon....

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Azaleas, camellias and rhodies in pots.....over wintering?

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Main crop spuds

When to harvest 
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Freezing runner beans

Anything need doing to them first? 
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Is there much that should be sown now?

Forward planning 
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Show Time!

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Last Post: 19/09/2015 at 15:00

Preperation for the big day!

Doing a Bob Marley all day... 
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Any blackberry jam makers out there at the mo?

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Any ideas for an entry..... meets garden... 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 10:42

Votes please, and a quick questions...

Which one and what soil? 
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Hungry little things...

Chomping away 
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