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Posted: 24/05/2015 at 22:12

Hi, we have found bees in out bird house today. Loads of them.  We were just going to leave them alone. Is that the correct thing to do? Will they be there all summer do you think? Thanks

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 21:02

Maybe zinnias are tricky then, or it's just a funny year for them. Mine don't look good at all.  sounds like it'll be a good year for sunflowers though!

Ive started putting plants in one of the raised beds. Three echinops ritro grown from seed, two echinops veitchs blue grown from plugs from Sarah raven, and three didiscus from seed. Very excited!

 Quite a lot more still in the greenhouse, and hardening off in the cold frame.

 Roll on next weekend!

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 09:16

I think I'm a bit behind! Better harden off the cosmos this weekend then. How big are folks zinnias? Maybe mine might do a bit better in a cold frame rather than the greenhouse. I've clearly not got the hang of them!

Better put my sweet peas out too. They are doing well, and have had a couple of small vases full so far. Hope they don't resist being put out outside!

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 22:27

Hi Gardengirl

sounds like yours are doing well.  I ended up with four raised beds but have given two over to veg. I rally want to start planting out but worried it's still a bit too early.  Have you got yours going outside yet?



Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 21:15

How are they coming on Flower Girl? Do you have them inside?  Some of mine grown from seed are starting to die off with a dry grey almost spotted problem on the leaves. 

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 06:03

Thanks Ashdale.

on the zinnia front, I planted seeds (from chilterns) and bought plugs (from Sarah raven). The seeds have done ok but not brilliant, bit leggy but then mine usually are. The plugs haven't done so well. Had to have a second batch sent and 60% have died off. Great customer service with Sarah raven. Prompt email reply, offer to replace or refund so can't grumble at that. They said that their nursery was aware of a problem. Just wondering if anyone else is having a poor zinnia year so far?

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 20:18

Hi, cut flowers seem to be coming on brilliantly for folks. After the daffs, snow drops and muscarri have gone, I've got a few sweat peas on the go, but nipped out tonight and cut some wild cow parsley, as suggested by Sarah Raven. Looks and smells lovely. I'm delighted!


Happy Easter - know your bunnies

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 06:51

Oh Hosta fan. I'm so sorry you don't like rabbits and that you take offence. It wasn't intended and I don't really understand that bit of your post but I hope your Easter hasn't been ruined by it.  

Happy Easter - know your bunnies

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 22:36

Happy Easter to all gardeners and your bunnies x


Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 19:57

Thanks ever so much Kitty. I'm going to try and cut flowers every Friday to have over the weekend so should get the hang of it by October!  Love sweet peas. Got some growing in the greenhouse ready to plant out. Are you growing some?

hi GG, thanks for the nice comment on the vases. 50p each from the local charity shop. I love buying vases from charity shops as I like that they have had a past life and I also like a bit of vintage. I'm planting up four beds, each 1 meter square. Not been brave enough to put ant plants in yet but have got seedlings sprouting and am growing on some plugs in the greenhouse. What about you?

thanks for the link little Anne. Looks like an interesting website. Will defo have a read.

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