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Re: Gardening

Post by Marigold » Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:25 am

Marigold wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:24 am
LadyA wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:23 am
That's the stuff. I believe that during the war, when medicines couldn't be got, the Govt. in the UK paid by the lb for it, along with several other "weeds".
That's good to know. We might need it after Brexit!
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Re: Gardening

Post by LadyA » Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:36 am

It's so mild here, yesterday afternoon I mowed the small lawn behind the house! The rest of the lawns were too wet for the mower, but I started the strimmer and used that to knock down some of the other lawns where it was getting too long. I was so delighted with myself, being able to do that, in January! Going to start tackling some of the totally overgrown flowerbeds now, as long as the weather holds.
Lead me not into temptation. I can find the way myself!
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Re: Gardening

Post by bigyetiman » Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:46 am

My nan used cleavers as an astringent and for skin inflammation. She also brewed it up as a tea for urinary problems as it is a natural diuretic.
The hens love it as well, and it's free and grows abundantly in our garden
Incidentally nan called it "Robin run in the grass", guess it has lots of names depending on where you live in the Uk
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Re: Gardening

Post by Tweetypie » Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:20 am

Belated Happy New Year everyone! Back at work last week and fallen foul to a cough, stomach pains and to top it all, today I've developed a full blown cold. Not had one for 15years or more.
Anyway, that aside I shall be asking you green fingered peeps much advice, as I don't appear to have much knowledge about gardening. Im good at killing tomato plants...
Also ,I planted some wallflowers I purchased from a garden centre last summer and although they grew, they did not flower.
My garden is boring, tidy and lacks imagination, just as it was when I moved here 4 years ago. I've only added 5 fruit trees, flowers and a lot of evergreen shrubs for a sloping border, which was bereft of anything. Oh and I dug up 2 grasses from the forest where I walk and they are thriving in the gravel at the back of the conservatory. Would love a pond, but hate those obviously new looking creations with ugly plastic looking features. Then it would be a case of where to put it....
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Re: Gardening

Post by Marigold » Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:45 pm

Wallflowers are biennial, Tweetipie, ie, they grow in their first year and flower the next year. If you bought them in 2018, and they had germinated in that year, they should be due to flower this Spring. So if they're not obviously dead, don't give upon on them.They can look tatty until they take off but are very resilient usually. If they are actually dead, maybe they got too dry last summer in the drought, like many plants. Newly-planted bare root things need more water if their roots are to establish well. Lovely colour and scent, in with spring bulbs.
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Re: Gardening

Post by Tweetypie » Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:12 pm

Oh wow Marigold I has no idea they were biannual. I looked at them today and they are beautifully green and full of leaves. That's cheered me up, thank you.🤗

Another cheery thing is that today I saw a red admiral butterfly on my laurel bush. How odd.
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Re: Gardening

Post by Margaid » Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:41 pm

I planted some wallflower plants in late Sept/early Oct. They started flowering within a couple of weeks and are still flowering! They'll probably have keeled over by the time they are supposed to flower!
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