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  • the great british garden revival...

    just watched an episode as it was on and shocked to hear that 90% of cut flowers are imported!! tempted to start growing my own now :P but havnt a clue on gardening lol



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    I'm a bit rubbish at gardening! My philosophy is to let the plants grow in the spring and weed out any thing ugly or non flowering. I keep my lawn green in the summer because of my daughters paddling pool watering it. I have rambling brambles that I keep in check a bit but once they start flowering I'm keeping an eye on them to remove the trialers getting to the bits where we sit and play otherwise I keep the flowering brambles for the bkackberries. I guess it's probably good for the wildlife.
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    • #3
      My garden is a bit on the wild side these days, it's only a small plot but needed lots of watering. Last year I didn't get any gardening done and lots of things died back. I'm not replacing any flowers but there are still lots left that self seed.
      I'm on a meter for my water so I'm not going to use the hose. I have 3 water buts so they will have to do. I'm aiming at a low maintenance garden

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      • #4
        Our garden is a complete jungle! We like it that way and we've loads of birds and wildlife who like it too. We even have patches of eyebright, my favourite wildflower! I hardly ever buy flowers as it's just wrong the way they are imported. I think you'd need a polytunnel to grow perfect cut flowers, I'd guess they'd need to be out of the elements, especially with the sort of weather we get these days!
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        • #5
          I think you will find that most of the 90% are flowers we buy are out of season for GB so you will have to start by re educating the demanding public. lol.
          I was being flippant but actually it has made me think. Why do we need roses at Christmas for example? OK. Yes, I know they are a beautiful flower but we do have a few very pretty winter blooms, My primroses are lovely at the moment.
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          • #6
            I don't really 'do' cut flowers. Too much trouble. And I can never find anywhere to put the vase (usually ends up right next to the kitchen sink where it gets in the way of the washing up)! Even though I do have a really nice vase that stays hidden away most of the time. I'm trying to think when I last had a bunch of flowers and to be honest I can't remember. I think husband bought some with daughter once a couple of years ago, and the one before that would have been almost 5 years ago. So, every 2 years or so I get a bunch of flowers. I must be due one in the next 12 months then. Now, where can I put that vase?
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            • #7
              Im loving these programmes and yes it is an eye opener to see what has happened to our gardens. I love flowers and will be planting more this year may even add some more to the allotment.

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              • #8
                defo an eye opener - and i agree primroses are lovely! i only have a balcony at mo so maybe some hanging baskets lol my parents garden is overgrown just for wildlife and its so pretty! and yep only place for my vase is also the kitchen as no room anywhere else! lol
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                • #9
                  When my mum died, 12 years ago now, my friend made me the most wonderful wreath entirely from wild flowers and grasses and bits n pieces from her garden, no imported anything. I was too upset at the time to take a photo of it but often wish I had as I'd love to see it again. Just goes to show that we could manage with what we've got.
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