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Watching seedlings grow

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 19:32

Oh I am soooo jealous. I am just itching to start sowing but dare not do so until we get back from hols - they would either be dried out or beyond the pricking out stage.

I have to keep reminding myself there is still a lot of time until summer & I don't usually sow too much before the end of March. 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 22:12
Would your daughter enjoy making snap dragons (Antirrhinums) 'talk' Hyacinth? - they are fairly easy & make a nice display. Nicotiana are also easy & have a delicious scent in the evening.

Can You Help Identify?

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 19:11


Can You Help Identify?

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 19:10

Hi NG - I think you are correct with the first photo & the second one looks like a winter flowering honeysuckle. The third looks familiar but I can't bring it to mind just now. Sure somebody else will be able to help though!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 12:37

First couple of rounds of digging are always killers aren't they Fruitcake?

I too have that particular T-shirt.... 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 09:31
Yesterday planted a couple of euonymous (one variegated one not), hydrangea paniculata Limelight and pittosposporum tenufolium Silver Queen. Dug over & mulched a border, split & moved a couple of delpiniums, sprayed & mulched my box hedging which has box blight (big time).
Today I have a couple more shrubs & some pachysandra to put in.

The sun has got his hat on....

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 08:08
Pleased to hear you're ok Lunaria. I don't like strong winds - I lie awake imagining the roof ripping off or the chimney crashing onto the bed!
Do you have a nice ornamental evergreen shrub abt 2m high you can recommend for a cold windy corner?

The sun has got his hat on....

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 17:21

Lunaria - hope everything is ok tonight. A cliff top location sounds idyllic - but it also obviously bears the full force of nature's more ferocious offerings. Fingers crossed for you. 

Stealing or foraging?

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 14:16

Re taking seeds and cuttings in gardens open to the public - I spent a season many years ago as a volunteer in a local garden opened primarily for the water gardens and azalea / rhodie displays. I was often on 'escort' duty for group visits and we were asked to ensure that people did not damage the plants. The advice was to especially watch out for 'little old ladies with nail scissors taking cuttings'.

The thought was - if one person takes a cutting properly it will do no harm. If a thousand people visit over the course of a few days and they all take a cutting from the same plant & some do it badly - the plant will suffer. Much the same with gathering seeds really - especially annoying if it is a garden which relies on propagation and nursery sales for part of it's income.

I have always found that if you approach a gardener and ask if they would mind you taking a cutting or seed head - they will say yes. Gardeners are generally the most generous group of people I know 

Japanese anenome

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 18:25
I am beginning to think these are Marmite plants

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