Yearly Archives: 2010

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Allotment Update: The Shed

We got our shed from Garden Buildings Direct, there were a few problems with delivery but it arrived eventually and we put away safely until Allan could get a day off work which just happened to be one of the coldest days we’ve ever had in Liverpool! So cold that the camera froze a few times and we couldn’t get the camping cooker going for the kettle. Luckily we had our burner going so we had heat and cups of tea.

How to Propagate your own Plants for Free

Buying new plants for your garden is one of life’s little pleasures and can be extremely satisfying but often expensive. Equally as satisfying and an awfully lot cheaper is propagating your own plants. There are several methods available; softwood cuttings, semi-ripe cuttings, hardwood cuttings, root cuttings, leaf cuttings, division, layering and seed.

Sowing Sorbus Seeds

Last year I acquired some seeds from a Sorbus tree which had really bright red berries. I managed to get two good sized seedlings which I was planning to use as starter bonsai. However, during the high winds a few weeks ago they were knocked over and damaged, one may survive […]

Plants in Our Garden – Hibiscus

The variety I have is Hibiscus syriacus ‘Oiseau Bleu’ which has amazing large deep purple/blue coloured flowers with a bright magenta centre. It is a deciduous shrub but has lovely dark green foliage during late spring and summer.

Mistletoe isn’t just for Christmas

If, like me, you love mistletoe and Christmas wouldn’t be the same without it, you’ll love this website too. It has lots of facts about mistletoe including the fact that the mistletoe we are all familiar with is just one of hundres of species worldwide. All are plant parasites, meaning that they grow as parasites on the branches of trees and shrubs. In Britain, most mistletoe grows on apple trees but it can also be found on poplars and willows.