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  1. portoman

    Advice - are these dead?

    @portoman They are perfectly normal. Daffodils and tulips are spring flowering bulbs, so they produce leaves in early spring, then flowers and after the flowers have finished the leaves die down...
    @portoman They are perfectly normal. Daffodils and tulips are spring flowering bulbs, so they produce leaves in early spring, then flowers and after the flowers have finished the leaves die down for the rest of the year. The bulb has been recharged for next spring. As you have planted in them...
    @portoman They are perfectly normal. Daffodils and tulips are spring flowering bulbs, so they produce leaves in early spring, then flowers and after the flowers have finished the leaves die down for the rest of the year. The bulb has been...
    @portoman They are perfectly normal. Daffodils and tulips are spring flowering bulbs, so they produce leaves in early spring, then flowers and after the flowers have finished the leaves die down...
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  2. FrancescaH

    Shady container flowers?

    My doorstep delight is Vinca minor variegata with Hellebores. The Vinca flowers in early summer but is decorative all year round, and Hellebores flower most winter if it's mild. Both do well in...
    My doorstep delight is Vinca minor variegata with Hellebores. The Vinca flowers in early summer but is decorative all year round, and Hellebores flower most winter if it's mild. Both do well in shade.Hardy Geraniums also flower well in shade, and the flowering period is longer than in full...
    My doorstep delight is Vinca minor variegata with Hellebores. The Vinca flowers in early summer but is decorative all year round, and Hellebores flower most winter if it's mild. Both do well in shade.Hardy Geraniums also flower well in shade,...
    My doorstep delight is Vinca minor variegata with Hellebores. The Vinca flowers in early summer but is decorative all year round, and Hellebores flower most winter if it's mild. Both do well in...
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  3. GaGa73

    Is my topsoil ruined?

    If intending to sow seeds direct, it might be better to sow in small pots or modules and plant those out to avoid small seedlings being smothered. Seeds needing to be sown direct could be sown in...
    If intending to sow seeds direct, it might be better to sow in small pots or modules and plant those out to avoid small seedlings being smothered. Seeds needing to be sown direct could be sown in drills with the seedy topsoil scraped away and replaced with some potting compost.
    If intending to sow seeds direct, it might be better to sow in small pots or modules and plant those out to avoid small seedlings being smothered. Seeds needing to be sown direct could be sown in drills with the seedy topsoil scraped away and...
    If intending to sow seeds direct, it might be better to sow in small pots or modules and plant those out to avoid small seedlings being smothered. Seeds needing to be sown direct could be sown in...
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  4. Black Dog
    Like x 6

    Gardening and children - are todays parents afraid of nature?

    Kids are soft nowadays, so are their parents! In my early days(the 60's) it was don't eat the worms, ok, don't eat any more. Don't touch the dog poo....no, I don't know why it's white. Go give...
    Kids are soft nowadays, so are their parents! In my early days(the 60's) it was don't eat the worms, ok, don't eat any more. Don't touch the dog poo....no, I don't know why it's white. Go give that woolly bear caterpillar to your sister. I now teach the granddaughter to deeply inhale the...
    Kids are soft nowadays, so are their parents! In my early days(the 60's) it was don't eat the worms, ok, don't eat any more. Don't touch the dog poo....no, I don't know why it's white. Go give that woolly bear caterpillar to your sister. I now...
    Kids are soft nowadays, so are their parents! In my early days(the 60's) it was don't eat the worms, ok, don't eat any more. Don't touch the dog poo....no, I don't know why it's white. Go give...
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  5. CanadianLori

    How long do purchased roots take to "sprout"?

    I don't know if anyone is interested but this is the reply I got from the nursery, a few minutes ago."Good morning,With roots it does take quite a bit of time before any growth starts to...
    I don't know if anyone is interested but this is the reply I got from the nursery, a few minutes ago."Good morning,With roots it does take quite a bit of time before any growth starts to show. We generally recommend waiting until at least the end of June.Kind Regards,Sophia"So I...
    I don't know if anyone is interested but this is the reply I got from the nursery, a few minutes ago."Good morning,With roots it does take quite a bit of time before any growth starts to show. We generally recommend waiting until at least...
    I don't know if anyone is interested but this is the reply I got from the nursery, a few minutes ago."Good morning,With roots it does take quite a bit of time before any growth starts to...
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  6. Sarahlou79

    Clematis one blooming, one not

    Rule of thumb: The first year of plant development doesn't count.I planted a lot of different trees and bushes. Some exploded after planting, others did a while year of nothing. This even varies...
    Rule of thumb: The first year of plant development doesn't count.I planted a lot of different trees and bushes. Some exploded after planting, others did a while year of nothing. This even varies between plants with the same type, shop and conditions. If they don't grow in the second year...
    Rule of thumb: The first year of plant development doesn't count.I planted a lot of different trees and bushes. Some exploded after planting, others did a while year of nothing. This even varies between plants with the same type, shop and...
    Rule of thumb: The first year of plant development doesn't count.I planted a lot of different trees and bushes. Some exploded after planting, others did a while year of nothing. This even varies...
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  7. Leth

    Yearly compost change

    When I say the top third, its as near as possible. Obviously I can't do this for every pot and I should mention in the smaller pots we do completely change the compost and pot.
    When I say the top third, its as near as possible. Obviously I can't do this for every pot and I should mention in the smaller pots we do completely change the compost and pot.
    When I say the top third, its as near as possible. Obviously I can't do this for every pot and I should mention in the smaller pots we do completely change the compost and pot.
    When I say the top third, its as near as possible. Obviously I can't do this for every pot and I should mention in the smaller pots we do completely change the compost and pot.
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  8. Leth

    What are we doing wrong with Hydrangeas?

    Thanks for all the help guys. We will take it on board and hope to have better looking plants next year.
    Thanks for all the help guys. We will take it on board and hope to have better looking plants next year.
    Thanks for all the help guys. We will take it on board and hope to have better looking plants next year.
    Thanks for all the help guys. We will take it on board and hope to have better looking plants next year.
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  9. Barders

    Recommendations for 'soapsuds' to use spray plants with tons of aphids on them please?

    Thanks @JWK much appreciated.
    Thanks @JWK much appreciated.
    Thanks @JWK much appreciated.
    Thanks @JWK much appreciated.
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  10. Lonelygardener

    Privet Hedge woes

    Welcome to GC :dbgrtmb:It looks like honeysuckle to me as well. Either leave it or pull it out depending on whether it's a nuisance. You're unlikely to be able to dig it out but pulling it will keep it...
    Welcome to GC :dbgrtmb:It looks like honeysuckle to me as well. Either leave it or pull it out depending on whether it's a nuisance. You're unlikely to be able to dig it out but pulling it will keep it under control. If it flowers then you can pull/cut it out after it has flowered. It won't affect...
    Welcome to GC :dbgrtmb:It looks like honeysuckle to me as well. Either leave it or pull it out depending on whether it's a nuisance. You're unlikely to be able to dig it out but pulling it will keep it under control. If it flowers then you can...
    Welcome to GC :dbgrtmb:It looks like honeysuckle to me as well. Either leave it or pull it out depending on whether it's a nuisance. You're unlikely to be able to dig it out but pulling it will keep it...
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  11. Jack Sparrow

    Creating a small cottage garden.

    :wub2::wub2:,so pretty.
    :wub2::wub2:,so pretty.
    :wub2::wub2:,so pretty.
    :wub2::wub2:,so pretty.
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  12. Mitramonday

    Hoeing...

    I always think of hoeing as a vegetable garden thing rather than a job you do much around ornamentals, cant say I've ever picked up the remains of the weeds. The idea is you do it so often that...
    I always think of hoeing as a vegetable garden thing rather than a job you do much around ornamentals, cant say I've ever picked up the remains of the weeds. The idea is you do it so often that the weeds are only small.
    I always think of hoeing as a vegetable garden thing rather than a job you do much around ornamentals, cant say I've ever picked up the remains of the weeds. The idea is you do it so often that the weeds are only small.
    I always think of hoeing as a vegetable garden thing rather than a job you do much around ornamentals, cant say I've ever picked up the remains of the weeds. The idea is you do it so often that...
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  13. BFOSP

    Rhubarb Tree

    Yeah cut it down to the base.
    Yeah cut it down to the base.
    Yeah cut it down to the base.
    Yeah cut it down to the base.
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  14. ennnceee

    My Wonderful Aloe...

    I've just trimmed all the brown ends and it's back to its serene majesty! Whether it'll stay that way in the longer term, time will tell.
    I've just trimmed all the brown ends and it's back to its serene majesty! Whether it'll stay that way in the longer term, time will tell.
    I've just trimmed all the brown ends and it's back to its serene majesty! Whether it'll stay that way in the longer term, time will tell.
    I've just trimmed all the brown ends and it's back to its serene majesty! Whether it'll stay that way in the longer term, time will tell.
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  15. NigelJ
    Like x 4

    Spring 2021 Your Experience

    Well, I've been gardening for almost a decade here in Notts and it has just been the oddest year in a couple of ways, the first being the insanely high number of greenfly/blackfly! :wallbanging: I stopped...
    Well, I've been gardening for almost a decade here in Notts and it has just been the oddest year in a couple of ways, the first being the insanely high number of greenfly/blackfly! :wallbanging: I stopped spraying everything with pesticides about 4 years ago and gradually the ladybirds, hoverflies etc. had...
    Well, I've been gardening for almost a decade here in Notts and it has just been the oddest year in a couple of ways, the first being the insanely high number of greenfly/blackfly! :wallbanging: I stopped spraying everything with pesticides about 4 years ago...
    Well, I've been gardening for almost a decade here in Notts and it has just been the oddest year in a couple of ways, the first being the insanely high number of greenfly/blackfly! :wallbanging: I stopped...
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  16. hailbopp

    Dicentra Valentine

    Many thanks @mazambo I will contact then and see if they will sell me a decent “ chunk” as having a large garden small amounts of any plant just get a bit lost. Being a small nursery they might be...
    Many thanks @mazambo I will contact then and see if they will sell me a decent “ chunk” as having a large garden small amounts of any plant just get a bit lost. Being a small nursery they might be obliging.
    Many thanks @mazambo I will contact then and see if they will sell me a decent “ chunk” as having a large garden small amounts of any plant just get a bit lost. Being a small nursery they might be obliging.
    Many thanks @mazambo I will contact then and see if they will sell me a decent “ chunk” as having a large garden small amounts of any plant just get a bit lost. Being a small nursery they might be...
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  17. HardyOldFuscia

    Move 50yr old fuscias

    In the picture of the wall, in what direction exactly do the drains run?Are we talking sewers or rainwater drains.
    In the picture of the wall, in what direction exactly do the drains run?Are we talking sewers or rainwater drains.
    In the picture of the wall, in what direction exactly do the drains run?Are we talking sewers or rainwater drains.
    In the picture of the wall, in what direction exactly do the drains run?Are we talking sewers or rainwater drains.
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  18. Mitramonday

    Next question....

    100% with you on the cat question ;-) Re. the Helianthemums, snip out the dead wood and shear the scraggly remains by 1/3. They'll either rejuvenate or die. They're easy to propagate from seed or...
    100% with you on the cat question ;-) Re. the Helianthemums, snip out the dead wood and shear the scraggly remains by 1/3. They'll either rejuvenate or die. They're easy to propagate from seed or cuttings, though.
    100% with you on the cat question ;-) Re. the Helianthemums, snip out the dead wood and shear the scraggly remains by 1/3. They'll either rejuvenate or die. They're easy to propagate from seed or cuttings, though.
    100% with you on the cat question ;-) Re. the Helianthemums, snip out the dead wood and shear the scraggly remains by 1/3. They'll either rejuvenate or die. They're easy to propagate from seed or...
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  19. Leth

    What to use to cover the ground?

    I think the best way to deal with the leaves and other detritus from above is to leave the area with soil open to let earth worms and other forms of soil life incorporate them into it and complete...
    I think the best way to deal with the leaves and other detritus from above is to leave the area with soil open to let earth worms and other forms of soil life incorporate them into it and complete the normal cycle of material that makes healthy soil. I don't like plastic membranes and as you...
    I think the best way to deal with the leaves and other detritus from above is to leave the area with soil open to let earth worms and other forms of soil life incorporate them into it and complete the normal cycle of material that makes healthy...
    I think the best way to deal with the leaves and other detritus from above is to leave the area with soil open to let earth worms and other forms of soil life incorporate them into it and complete...
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  20. Fat Controller
    Funny x 4

    Oh sugar.... the barrel or ground game

    Bit more done today (and fast running out of room!)Celery on the left (with a wee rhubarb plant just on the end) and as many brassicas as I could squeeze in under the net and they are a lot...
    Bit more done today (and fast running out of room!)Celery on the left (with a wee rhubarb plant just on the end) and as many brassicas as I could squeeze in under the net and they are a lot tighter than I would have liked. The only wee bit of ground left now is between the Acer and...
    Bit more done today (and fast running out of room!)Celery on the left (with a wee rhubarb plant just on the end) and as many brassicas as I could squeeze in under the net and they are a lot tighter than I would have liked. The only wee bit...
    Bit more done today (and fast running out of room!)Celery on the left (with a wee rhubarb plant just on the end) and as many brassicas as I could squeeze in under the net and they are a lot...
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