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Hi there

from Fi

You've reminded me that I've had one come up for the past few years - but just looked and can't see any sign of it! I love these plants, and they are considered one of the threatened wild plants - so brilliant that you have them self seeding!
Any more treasures?
Best wishes

  • Posted: Tue. 31st March 2009 17:37

Feeling smug!

from Fi

Hi Lynne
I checked my latest bag of compost and am so pleased I bought peat free - duh duh! However, it was a cheaper one and seems to be full of small twigs (not small enough for little pots!). So I think the New Horizon organic mentioned on Toby's excellent programme is the one to go for.
I'm missing Gardeners World, hope it starts again soon!

  • Posted: Mon. 30th March 2009 21:43

Scented plants

from Fi

Hi Eleanor
I've had a similar problem area next to some conifers. I have planted summer and winter flowering jasmines, and honeysuckles - if you have the trees to go with the roots!? Also, you could try med herbs like Rosemary and Thyme, or ground cover pennyroyal, or ground ivy (both mint family and lovely when you tread on them).
Otherwise, maybe terracotta pots with lavender in them? These could be moved into the sun later in the day.
Have fun and let us know what you do/share your success so I can copy!

  • Posted: Mon. 30th March 2009 21:37


from Fi

Hi Georgie,
It's lovely isn't it - you could enlarge this photo and frame it.
It makes my mouth water - reminds me of tangy peach sorbet, or sparkling orangey cocktail.
I must get a few pics taken, and try to upload them!
Love the pics of your garden.

  • Posted: Mon. 30th March 2009 21:17

Raspberry 'Tulameen'

from Fi

Hi there,
I read replies to Julia's worry about Autumn Bliss.
Tulameen is another late fruiter, but I am only just about to plant the canes. They are sprouting at about 6" and 10" - rather than cut them down to ground (is it a little late?) I wondered about cutting them to the first shoot?
What do you think?

I've also got a Blueberry, and a thornless Blackberry to plant. Any tips welcome!


  • Posted: Mon. 30th March 2009 21:13
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In stitches!http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardeningadvice/5054902/Best-tomatoes-for-hanging-baskets.html

from Fi

Hi Ann
Don't show him, just surprise him with your brilliant gardening!
I've got a tomato called Tumbler and it has got a good review by Which - as well as Georgie's Tumbling Tom red, you can also get Tumbling Tom yellow which would look good together.
Basil with it is a lovely idea - very med.
Another tip - put some polystyrene in the bottom of the basket to make it lighter, and add some water holding gel.
Let's start another thread - this one's getting buried in Nicola's topic!!

  • Posted: Mon. 30th March 2009 21:07

Better week?

from Fi

Hi Lorna,
They're a lovely age, I bet you were proud. When mine was little I always got tearful at dancing, nativities etc. She did ballet until she was 7 then said she didn't want to do the exams. Let's hope she doesn't do the same with her GCSE's !
Weather's getting warmer - hoorah. Will watch out for your garden/greenhouse activities.

Georgie, hope your week's a lot better too.

Speak soon

  • Posted: Mon. 30th March 2009 20:59


from Fi

Hi Lorna
It has been really frustrating hasn't it - I've been itching to start digging and preparingmy new veggie beds, but windand rain stopped me. Not to mention the gales that turned my plastic greenhouse upside down - wasted a couple of trays of seeds! At last managedto get out there this morning, back creaking now. Watching the boat race with a nice glass of red, before cooking the chicken for dinner. Hope you have a lovely time with your graddaughters - my daughter's 14 and always upstairs, on her Ipod or something these days! Lovely though, and very bright.
Speak again soon
Fi x

  • Posted: Sun. 29th March 2009 14:44


from Fi

Hi Ann
I've read a few of your replies on here and love yur humour! I've just sewn some cherry tomatoes which I am thinking of putting in hanging baskets, and I like th e idea of strawberries too. It is possible, and successful too I've heard, as it keeps the slugs snails etc away - unless they can jump! Sorry that's sown isn't it - bad spelling lol.

  • Posted: Sun. 29th March 2009 14:34

Same name - Fi!

from Fi

Hi Fiona, hope you don't mind but your question caught my attention last week - I have a small south facing front garden that is gravelled. I have had success with cordylines (red and green) and would like another palm too. Also thrift would be great as it is a seaside plant - I have pink and white and it seeds itself in the gravel. There are lots of alpines that would be hardy enough at the seaside. Personally, I wouldn't turf, but provide your lovely little boy with a lidded raised 'bed' of play sand, and maybe an area of play bark for his slide or paddling pool. The gravel could be enhanced by replacing the slabs with natural stones to blend with your coast, and a mixture of slate and larger pebbles covering the gravel. Borders could be a mixture of hardy shrubs (no berries or toxic leaves) and hardy perennials and grasses. Grasses can be dotted in the gravel too. These are all ideas I am working on myself - although sadly I am urban and far from the sea!
All the best, hope to see how you're doing.

  • Posted: Fri. 27th March 2009 19:38