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Posted: 19/05/2015 at 18:47

Grew cqpe gooseberries for a year or two.  Not hardy though.  

Josta, wineberry?  I think there are lots of hybrid fruits around now but whether they are worthwhile I don't know.  

bumping this up ...there is sure to be someone growing them 

Burt My Little Friend

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 18:41

Nice little feller.  isnt nature great voyagerxp? 

9cm plant - how to deal with it

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 18:38

True Dove but that fern will be small all this year.  Will make very little impact for a year or even two.  

Totally Tangerine

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 18:36

Totally Tangerine flowers from April through to late autumn for me.  Yes, easy to divide and I now have several clumps in fhe garden. 

I grow with blue agastaches, blue geraniums, salvias, heleniums, yellow conifers. Aconitums, echinaceas like Milkshake, verbena rigida, even with hostas.  carex testacea, anemone wild swan and totally tangerine assort well too in one corner.

love orange in the garden but not too many are there?  Got orange echinaceas, dahlias, variegated day lilly with orange flowers, an orange helenium, orange agastache, orange Kniphofia, orange osteospermum.   Berberis darwinii.   An orangey potentilla.  Anybody growing orange flowered perennials?  



9cm plant - how to deal with it

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 17:53

Peanuts do what you feel is right.  If you feel it's a very small plant for your money as I do then email them.  You might get another plant.

ALWAYS complain if you are treated unworthily 


Posted: 19/05/2015 at 17:49

Always thought KEFwas a kind person.  Will you lemd me a fiver KEF?

hailstorms???  Barely any rain and warm here...........sorreeeeeeee 

pinched back some heleniums and agastaches.  The rain has produced so much growth.  They will flower only slightly later but but a little more sturdy.

my visitors cadged some plants......wouldnt mind but he doesnt give back.  Offered me a meal in a few days....I'll eat him out of home 

lovely quiet evening.  

Folks....we will ALL have great weather from tomorrow......warmer, drier and less windy for everyone.  Yippee 

Glyphosate based weed killers (i.e. Roundup et al)

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 14:16

We are in a far different world now........we are all facing a future with less chemicals, medicines and easy care living. 

growing organically without obsession, without over feeding and with common sense is the way to go

Failing plants from online supplier

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 14:08

Primrose, bigger the better...within reason.  I have echinaceas, for example, in 3 litre pots and they will not go out until the roots are showing.  At least filling a 1 litre pot anyway.

plants will grow away much better from a base of 1 litre than from small plugs or bare root in the ground

On-line purchases

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 14:04

Hayloft supply little more than plugs....I think they are expensive.  I've considered them over recent years but then buy large plants for less.  

just received astrantia in 3 litre pot far cheaper than crocus. And it has a 5 year guarantee. Think outside of the big well known nurseries.  Smaller suppliers are now competing fiercely on quality and price.

aubretia and vinca

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 13:59


test your soil...find out if its acid or alkaline. You will then know what will grow for you.

Get a framework in of evergreens.  Select them for appeal at different times of year.  There are shrubs to flower in winter too many of which are scented. 

Think of shapes too to give some structure all year round

For summer this year get some annuals in.  

Look at perennials that do something both early and very late in the year as well as in spring and mid summer.


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who cares who wins?

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Just a suggestion...

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Drat those chains.....

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What new plants will you be trying?

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White foliage?

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Is this really cruel?

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Taking life for granted......

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Against all logic.......

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Wont go without a fight....

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