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Woodgreen wonderboy

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Shade loving plants

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 21:53

I have just dug a new bed on the north side of some large shrubs, and which is more or less in permanent shade. I have planted up with a mix of pulmonarias, erythroniums( dog tooth violets) and trilliums. I have mulched with leaf mould compost and it looks both natural and colourful. Right plants, right place  and I shall be buying some more trilliums at the Malvern Show this week to complete my new bed.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 21:42

What's your secret GG??... I can never get going in the cold weather, which means this year I am somewhat behind. However I am romping away now that the relative warmth has arrived.

My dahlia tubers are not doing anything

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 21:37

There is no doubt that without the benefit of artificial heat  all dahlias are a bit slow to get started this year ( a bit like me). However I now have a couple that are showing signs of life in their pots. 

Dahlias get going when they feel ready and not before... I don't think it matters when you actually pot them on since if it is cold it doesn't matter if they are potted up, or still waiting in their box or packet. This year they will be a little late. However the current warmer weather should make all the difference.

Calling all Agapanthus Aficionados

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 21:28

I grow mine in pots . I have 2 large glazed pots, each with 7 plants. They stay out all winter with a bin liner over them as the only protection. They have survived now for many (7/8?) years, and in the summer each pot has about 50 flowers. They must be really congested by now but so far, fingers crossed there is no sign of problems or reduced flowering.The varieties with the thinnest leaves are the hardiest, so my wider leaved (white) ones are given more protection in the winter by moving into the greenhouse. They seed around into the gravel drive they sit on and it is easy to prise them up and pot them on. They have strong roots and get away easily. 

Grow them in nice pots for this year, see how you get on with them and then decide what you want to do with them for the future. You may decide to stick with the pot option. Enjoy.

Where to start?

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 23:00

A skip might be preferable to numerous trips to the tip in your favourite car. Mow the lawn regularly and it will improve by itself ( you can consider lawn weed and feed next year).Control the brambles. Why not turn a problem into an opportunity and use the bramble to create a natural wildlife friendly hedge. It won't take any more effort to look after than a cultivated hedge, and probably less in the long run. And what about all that Blackberry jam? Do it bit by bit... accept that it will all take some time and work with nature, not against it. If you enjoy what you are doing you will succeed. If it's a chore you will lose heart and probably give up. All the very best of luck. You have started well by asking questions and not diving in headfirst.

Alternative lawn

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 22:40


couch grass

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 22:36

They do say that frequent mowing encourages the finer grasses at the expense of their uncouth cousins.

Slugs may destroy my life

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 22:33

Pellets are the only thing for me, and I grow loads of hostas (in pots) and dahlias. I also have a garden full of birds.


Posted: 03/05/2013 at 22:31

I now have a growing colony in my gravel drive. I love the way they soften the harshness of the drive.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 22:28

After 2 full days weeding and cutting new edges to the bed/lawn edge I am having a gardening holiday this weekend. Hilliers garden tomorrow with great niece Phoebe, who is only a few weeks old ( start them appreciating gardens young I say), trip to see alpines at Kew on Sunday, and plant fair at Longstock ( John Lewis Nursery) on Monday. Weather forecast is good. Happy bunny.


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Need help in putting together a quiz which is a bit challenging and fun too 
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They are much better microwaved for about 3 mins., turned over, mw for 3 more mins. Lot less bother than boiling . Keep flavour and scrunch. 
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