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Woodgreen wonderboy

Latest posts by Woodgreen wonderboy

Is this an Escallonia?

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 14:21

Fuchsia bogstandardus or is it ordinarious?


Posted: 24/07/2014 at 14:10

I am sure that flying over France and Italy will be as safe as ever.

Went to a very small nursery today on the recommendation of Gg. It's only 2 miles from me and I have always driven past before. Amazingly they had a lovely old stone trough/sink for my alpines/Terrace, and only £50, which is very cheap. These things are very difficult to find. What luck. Happy bunny.

Also bought alpine aster for 50p.  !!!!

Good spread and pictures in local newspaper, for last Saturday's Flower Show. Record entrants,visitors and takings. 


Posted: 24/07/2014 at 09:01

Have had tea and breakfast in bed, lovely draught through window, loads of posts on here... come on and get up, NOW 


Posted: 24/07/2014 at 08:58

I leave the final flowers on at the end of the season, and I don't tidy until early Spring, so the wild life gets a turn when it needs it most. I like the look of an untidy garden in winter too.

Knowing when to stop

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 08:54

I am lucky to have a paddock where I can build a nice pile , let it get nice and dry, and when the wind blows in the right direction get a really hot blaze going. It's over in no time. I have lived here for 15 years and have had only 4 bonfires. The ash is good for your shrubs and compost OL.


Posted: 24/07/2014 at 08:49

I always remove the stem down to an obvious joint, where hopefully the next flower is hiding. No lower!. 

If I don't do this I get a sea of sticks, again a bit untidy and detracting from the beauty of the flowers. Stems also go brown too. Coreopsis is a good pointer for this. Mine seem to have hundreds of flowers in a season and quite long stalks.

Nut, you have to give us some detail on your reasons and results. I am intrigued.

Knowing when to stop

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 08:36

OL , if you get a shredder get the biggest one you can afford. I find shredding a very tedious activity if you have lots and especially if your small m/c keeps getting clogged or struggles with anything other than small stuff.


Posted: 24/07/2014 at 08:32

I have pondered this question also and last year, mainly down to motivational issues on my own part, I more or less stopped deadheading dahlias, cosmos, coreopsis, gaillardias, scabious and the like. They do carry on throwing up flowers, but I think they do appear to run out of steam earlier. More important they started to look very untidy and the flowers , fewer in number, got lost among a crowd of untidy dead flowers. Some seed heads are attractive, many are not. The effect was pretty poor, so I am being more diligent this year and, more important, enjoying it.

Can't comment specifically on candytuft, but next year you could do half and half to see what happens. My guess is that it probably doesn't make a deal of difference.

Not sure if this actually answers your question, but if in doubt cut it out, or off 


Posted: 24/07/2014 at 08:22

Good morning all, another lovely day in Happy Valley.  

Small toms in GH story, precipitated by above comments. I used to grow toms outside but blight was always an issue. When I got my new GH I put them inside. I then had a massive invasion of flies, it was truly unpleasant. So this year for the first time I am growing no toms at all. ( very few flies in GH)

However the tomato fairy has sown some for me in the raised bed. Is she trying to tell me something? Have no idea of the variety, but we will see, hopefully. I am not pinching them out in case they are bush variety.

Seeding advice for a new gardener

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 08:10

Home made pots are good but always need drainage holes. As you have had them in the pots for such a short time you will probably be OK. It seems you haven't added more water since sowing. I still think that outside is best. even though it might not be ideal in your eyes it is almost certainly going to be better than your attic.

Have they poked their noses above ground yet? If not don't worry because a week or two is still a very short time for some seeds. However, why not start some more in new pots outside. Could you invest in your first seed trays or ask a kind gardening neighbour to let you have some largish used plant pots, say 6 to 8 inches across ( size doesn't really matter anyway). Gardeners always have loads of old pots, and are always lovely people and happy to give pots away to help a new gardener. You will make new friends too, and he or she will be a source of good local advice on what works for them in your conditions. Some garden centres also have old pots they leave out for you to take.

I agree heavy rain may not help but heat is good as is humidity to get things going. And remember we all had to start somewhere, and we old gardeners still have our setbacks, and every season is different. That's the joy of gardening! Keep posting, here to help.

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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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