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Bee Eaters?

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 21:09

Thanks Nutcutlet but I was hoping that someone would know for definite. I know they give off a scent so maybe bees don't like it? 

Bee Eaters?

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 20:57

I've been watching the Chelsea show coverage on bbc and they had a feature on sarracenia and other carniverous plants. Nobody mentioned whether bees are attracted to them. I'd like to try one but definitely not if bees get caught in them, surely they will? Does anyone know please?


Posted: 13/06/2016 at 07:13

I have a rhubarb (Timperley) that I bought as a small plant last spring. It is growing well and looks ready to harvest but I read somewhere that you are not supposed to harvest rhubarb in it's first year. Is this technically it's 2nd year?

Not sure what to do. If I don't harvest it do I just leave it for the stems to rot off?


Posted: 09/05/2016 at 21:31

Thanks Verdun. Yes, 9cm pots and some still in smaller ones. It has been particuarly hot in the last 10 days so I think you're right, I will put them in the cold frame tomorrow. 


Posted: 09/05/2016 at 21:12

I have grown Cosmos (mainly purity and some mixed) and they are always really tall at this stage. They were sown in early March and are in the greenhouse but are about 8-10" tall with very few leaves on the stems. The stems are strong but is there any way I can encourage them to bush out more? I have been pinching the tops out, they will be going into the cold frame this weekend (if they fit!). 

Silly plant names

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 13:27

Now, don't laugh but are ther any other gardeners out there that call their plants by silly names. Yes, I'm an obsessive gardener but I do I get quite attached to certain plants, especially those I have grown from seed.

I have: Delphine the Delphinium,  Richard the Dicksonia, Roger the Rodgersia, Mary the pelargonium and of course, lots of tommy tomatoes.

Any other silly names out there?

growing mecanopsis

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 13:12

So, here's the latest,  my first flower and it's red, not blue! See pic.

It's definitely not cambrica because the leaves are completely different (I have some orange ones growing wild). I hope some of my flowers will be blue. Anyone have any ideas what this may be?


Tomato plants

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 20:53

Hi Fishy. You didn't say if they are indoor or outdoor plants but mine are indoor and I put some in the greenhouse last week (night and day) and they are fine so I have now put them all in the greenhouse. However, I live in Cornwall and the nights have been fairly mild also I still have bubble wrap up. Vents open in the day, closed at night.

If you have plenty, why not put 1 or 2 plants in the greenhouse for a few nights and see if they're ok? If you lose them you will know it's too early and you can wait a few weeks before putting the rest out there.

growing mecanopsis

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 19:59

Oh ...... doesn't it? They are meant to be betonicifolia, you've got me worried now.  guess I'll have to wait and see!

growing mecanopsis

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 19:37

Here is an update for you. The poppies are doing well, 24 have survived and are now in 9cm pots and hardened off. See pics. Some are trying to flower so I will let 2 do so and am taking off the flowers on the other ones to make them stronger before planting out. So far so good........I'll keep you all updated.



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Bee Eaters?

What insects do Sarracenia "eat"? 
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To harvest or not to harvest? 
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Too tall! 
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Silly plant names

Is it just me? 
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greenhouse bubblewrap

to leave or not to leave? 
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Not much success 
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spuds under polythene

has anyone tried this? 
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growing mecanopsis

any tips? 
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Compost Bin

so many worms! 
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When to lift 
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Monty's cat

very cute 
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orange plants

not happy 
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how to dry? 
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Taunton Flower Show

Has anyone been? 
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tatty toms

ok to remove leaves? 
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