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Posted: 06/01/2014 at 20:45

Check out brunneras, aconitums,tiarellas, grasses like acorus, Bowles golden grass, hackonochloa, acteas, Arum lilies..... could go,on and on.......


Posted: 06/01/2014 at 16:15

Hiya Matty.  

Thinkimg about seeds?  Well spring is just around the corner.

Lots of damage around because of the waves......harbour walls collapsed, beach closed, homes and businesses flooded.  Worst for many years.  Someone drowned, another missing and another who walked into the sea (suicide it seems).  Not a great start for 2014. Mild though...prob 13 degrees but doesn't feel like it.  

However, plants are growing apace.  Well, it's not been cold, has it?  Feel the urge to plant's been dryish and sunny ish today.  


I wish I did not like biscuits so much

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 16:06

Well, that's just greedy Mark. I never take biscuits to the potting shed.  

Ok, I lie.  

To be factual, I do find gardening makes me hungry.  Bread is my thing.  Lots of it.  Thick, fresh with loads of butter n cheese. 

I've discovered biscuits for low cost and once a packet is opened they are gone 

Not into coke though Mark. Tea or milk is my thing.  

Pruning Winter Jasmine

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 16:00

Hiya outdoor girl

Prune immediately after flowering.  As hard as you like too. No need to look for buds, etc.  I usually do mine with shears cutting back all the lomg shoots.

It will flower on wood made this year so next wimter/spring will.produce flowers.

I would add some potash too or in spring.  


Strange PM from unknown person.

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 22:34

No I didn't busy and Im quite upset about that 

any blokes here get one?   Sorry, been watching Sherlock so I'm "detectivating". 

Talkback: New Zealand flatworms

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 22:26

I think brought in composts, manures, plants in pots etc will be how these flat worms will enter our gardens.  I am careful to check plants but mpc etc are more difficult...these are not as good, as clean or as pest free as I think they once were.  I remember one batch actually contained weedkiller.

Strange PM from unknown person.

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 22:14

Can I have a Trojan horse too Dove?   I'm nice and I didn't get a reasonable message from the nice lady 


Posted: 05/01/2014 at 20:19

KEF, for the very best tomatoes evidence shows they germinate inside a day if sown on April 1 at 1.30 am 

Privet hedge

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 19:48

I wouldn't worry too much Greg.  

Privet isn't evergreen everywhere.  Leave well alone until spring when new shoots will form.

Excess Nitrogen in veg plot soil

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 18:10


What is your nitrogen reading?  How did veg grow last year?  

Sawdust makes sense.....maybe use it as a mulch around emerging veg.   It will help comserve moisture too during the summer

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It's a big worry......

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