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Posted: 06/05/2015 at 13:03

Love Scotland Fairygirl - & your pics remind me why

RB - that doesn't sound nice at all - hope you get it sorted today - I'm a bit funny about my eyes being messed with too.

Wonky - have you found a good nursery or GC in your neck of the woods? I have some favourites a bit further north from you but always pleased to hear of some new places to go and check out 

Gardening after stroke

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 11:20
Hello Horlicks
Have just picked up this thread. Sorry to hear of your (& all other peeps) health issues.
Would you find adapted tools a help? I found this website (dont know how good it is)
which seems to offer general advice & tools & I think there are several others out there if you Google 'disabled gardening' (sorry, I know that's not a very PC way of putting it )
Can your OT or The Stroke Association offer any helpful suggestions?

When to repot?

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 09:39

Justin can you also clarify if we're talking about seedlings or cuttings / other vegetative propagation? 

I think Dove and I are both assuming seedlings....

Have I. Become a Victim?

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 09:35

Everybody - please - just step away - now 


Posted: 06/05/2015 at 09:21
Dovefromabove wrote (see)


Looks like we're back to the 'good old days' elsewhere I've flagged stuff up to Daniel and the Mods - hopefully nothing will flare up too much before they've had time to have a look.


Well done Dove. I had a bet with myself  how long it would be before some of the old phrases & problems started cropping up. I won! I owe myself 10 bob 



Posted: 06/05/2015 at 08:35
Morning all - hope everyone's garden survives the 2nd battering forecast for today. One corner of my garden is windy at the best of time & I'm trying to grow some tougher evergreens there as windbreaks. They were nearly flat to the ground yesterday.
Today is recycling bin day - might give it a miss - can't see the bins staying upright for long if it's as bad as yesterday

Plant ID's

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 08:08
Sorry - can't help with 2nd ID DD but agree with Alchemilla.
I love this plant - lovely frothy flowers. I have to divide it to get more plants - it has rarely self seeded in my clay soil.

When to repot?

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 07:59
Are we talking about the 2nd 'potting on' here Justin?
I do the first pricking out of seedlings into modules when the first true leaves of the plant appear.
For bedding / container plants that is usually all that's needed until I use them. For perennials that need to grow on - those go into pots when the roots start growing out of the bottom of the tray.
Similarly, I pot on cuttings when I can see the roots.
Hope that helps.

greenhouse / sunroom

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 16:02

Hello Phil & welcome to the forum

I had a lean-to greenhouse at the back of my garage at my previous house. I suppose I could have used it as a garden room but - as Welsh Onion says - the number of days when the temperature was perfect for just sitting in it with a book & glass of wine were few & far between. 

In the winter it was nice & sheltered for working (even sitting) in  - but always with a coat on and it was insulated with bubble wrap. In the summer the ventilation needed tweaking several times a day to keep the temperature within a comfortable range.

As an alternative - do you have a suitable spot in the garden for a summer house? That would be cheaper than an extension and you could orient it to avoid prevailing winds / take advantage of the evening sun etc. I think you can even get one that rotates - so you can track the sun / shade / shelter as you prefer.

Elderly honeysuckle

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 14:31

I inherited a 20yr old honeysuckle which was very leggy, full of mildew and just one huge untrained bird's nest. It was yellow & white & highly fragranced (name n/k).

I bit the bullet and cut it really hard back (6 - 12"), gave it a feed & put in some plastic support netting. It was back to the original size (but a much better shape) within a year.  I think I attacked it in early spring - lost most of the flowers for one year but it had a whole season to grow away before any frosts.

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