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Woodgreen wonderboy

Latest posts by Woodgreen wonderboy

sweetpea idea

Posted: 02/02/2015 at 23:25

The only reasons for growing SPs are fragrance and flowers. You pick them frequently and take them indoors. When you wake up in the morning you are flooded with fragrence in your home. Your ideas should be about maximising these  2 things. Otherwise will the  bank idea really be worth the effort? What else might be better?


Posted: 02/02/2015 at 09:08

I have just lost a really thick pot, which  thought was too strong to break! No terracotta pot is safe if that monster could break,

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 21:38

Thanks Verd. . I know you fought hard to get your Mum the best care when she needed it. I didn't cry until I read of your loss and it brought it all home to me. 

And thank you to everyone else too, it helps a great deal.

My Mum was one of that generation which asked for little for themselves, and were always keen to see others were well provided for. I fear we may be losing that some of that selflessness, although I hope not. 



Posted: 01/02/2015 at 21:23

Hi Gg, my CH is playing up too... not fair on us soft southerners is it?

Improve my soil

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 19:57

A raised bed would work.

colour scheme

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 18:55

Hi, the "best" gardener ever, Christopher Lloyd, now sadly dead, shocked everyone with his clashing colours, lots of very vibrant colours, and ignoring muddy pinks, lilacs etc. Try orange with deep mauve. 

Foliage forms are important too, to show off the flowers.Think leaves as much as colour. 

Rhythm is also important. Repeat your dominant colours along your borders every so often. If you only have a small space keep it simple.

Experiment. Nothing is for ever.

Window ledge style heated propagator - any good?

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 15:28

It's probably my fault but I invariably fail when I grow seeds in the window. South facing and they boil. North facing and they are 3 foot tall before I notice. I don't do east or west!!!

What is the secret of your success please?

Cottage garden flowers

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 15:15

Most years we have a debate on here as to when to start seeds. I find if I start early, they get ahead of themselves, often too leggy and then they are poorly specimens. If you start later they catch up and are sturdier. Also windowsills can be a difficult location.

Garrya worth saving?

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 15:10

If you like Garrya's, and I side with pansy on this one, I would replace yours with a new one, after digging over, adding compost etc. This looks a tired patch and too poorly a specimen to bother with. A fresh young plant will be a better investment.

Snow Damage to Californian Lilac

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 15:00

Not very showy, but the paleness of the foliage ( lime green) allows the flowers to stand out. Also grows very fast so pruning is essential. 

Emma, I have just seen advice that renovation pruning on an evergreen is a no-no and it should be removed/replaced.

Discussions started by Woodgreen wonderboy

Pittosporum from seed

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Frikartii Monch

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When should I plant Phlox

Gardening conundrum 
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Overwintering Gazanias

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Gardening quiz

Need help in putting together a quiz which is a bit challenging and fun too 
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Pesky flies!

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Talkback: How to harvest sweetcorn

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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Camassias from seed

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Where can I buy moss in Hampshire

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Something for the weekend.......enjoying gardens and flowers.

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Annoying Miracle-Gro advert

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Gaillardia death

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Encouraging young gardeners

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Why I never buy online

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