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    Quote Originally Posted by areia View Post
    next job is nameing the shubs and trees i have in my garden i haven't a clue what they are, got some devil of a spiky thing has hard stems you have to saw through and sort of grows in bunches or crowns and yellowy flowers on the tops, i see them around alot the council hedgetrim em but they dont arf give you a itchy rash when the spikes get you
    Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium)? There's a lot of it around our estate - developers seem to like it as it's hardy and quite decorative.

    Yesterday I took the wood from some damaged fence panels up to the lottie to make paths - it's literally an ill wind (or gale) that blows no good! I also planted out the broad beans that I'd been hardening off - possibly rash, but I did cover them with a sturdy netting tunnel, which should protect them from the worst of the weather (as well as the pigeons!).

    Not likely to be gardening today, as it's pouring with rain, but we may pop by the garden centre for a few supplies - hopefully the hoi polloi won't be in a gardening mood and it will be less busy than on Mothering Sunday
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    Yesterday the weather was pants - still is! I potted on my Golden Sunrise toms from their little 3" germination pot. All look well today. Itching to get to the new semi-plot - only got one bed dug.
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    Those highlighted, don't mind growing from seeds in future.
    6/>10 Tagetes germinated pretty fast & repotted followed by 5/10 ofCalendula (good handling size seedlings). 8/>10 Pentunia Milliflora & Lobelia have been reliable but the latter is even microscopic, better off buying or they easily self-seed in the garden. 3/6 Sweet Pea germinated while 2 rotted away so best to pre-germinate in future, otherwise the seeds & seedlings are nicely big for handling. 4/8 Cushion Mums, so far germinated and repotted, looks like Sweet Basil so decent handling size. Viola Bambini has germinated but looks similar to Lobelia possibly because it's a 'Bambini' variety or they are Lobelia!

    Diasca and Anagallis (similar to Petunia as strawberry seedling size) and also Viola are 2nd slowest to germinate after the Busy Lizzie, Salvia, Petunia Surfinia (most expensive and hardly any seeds in packet ) and Geranium that have yet to germinate, if they do at all .

    Sowed 6 seeds of Nasturtium yesterday upon son's unusual request for seed sowing. Wish I hadn't bought so many flower seeds, as much as I want them, I can't afford the space in the garden either but I'll manage.
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    arghhhhhh RAIN SLEET SNOW WIND RAIN SUN, mind you greenhouse still in ground, hasn't blown away ..... yet theres me thinking it would be sheltered against a garage and a fence and 2 waterbutts the other side but nooooooooo made a feeble attempt and put nylon rope over the top to prevent the roof stretching too much seems to have worked so far, been suggested i try scrim netting to hold it down till the weather clears up a bit and winds die down, found some 10.11 for 10ft by 4ft 7 didnt think its too bad on price, mind you being near an airport might raise a few eyebrows from the cop choppers that fly overhead alot hehehe going to wimp out and plant some seeds in the kitchen children are nagging me wanting to help, funny though they dont want to go outside to do it, muggins ere has to go and get the stuff from the greenhouse typical wish me luck may get blown over me fence

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    [QUOTE=Eyren;197641]Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium)? There's a lot of it around our estate - developers seem to like it as it's hardy and quite decorative.

    looks very similar but the one i have is more woody !!!!!going to take photos of all my shrubs and post for help later, as ive looked through my books. im not a shrub person these things were here when i moved in so i look forward to finaly naming them

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    sown some nantes 2 carrots into guttering in the greenhouse. noticed that my opera french dwarf beans have just germinated on windowsill. french marigold have come up aswell. 2 courgette seeds have come up in the heated propagator

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    I planted out 100 poached egg plants (limnanthes) as ground cover/green manure. In a hailstorm. It wasn't pleasant.
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    Pricked out some Brussel sprouts and cabbage into trays. Sowed Tagetes in a tray to go in the propagator. Sowed some Epicure broad beans that I found lying in a tub. Listened to the match on the radio in the greenhouse, Keegans first win on his second coming! Found out why my 1000Ltr tank isn't filling as quick as anticipated as when it rained and snowed the gutter was leaking from a joint and the feed pipe to the tank wasn't seated right! Made a temporary repair and will investigate further once the weather warms up.
    Even with my little parrafin heater under the tomato seedling it has been getting down to 36 Deg F..........hope they survive..........likewise with my chitting potatoes as I forgot to replace the fleece over them when I left the allotment!
    Bitter cold today, snow and rain, had to really work on the woodburner to get the temp in the greenhouse to a comfortable level.
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