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  • CharleyDCharleyD Posts: 440

    I've learned that plants are a little like children.  One can try to steer them but at the end of the day, they do exactly what they want.  From deciding when to make their appearance into the world and how they behave when they get here.  Examples are my winter flowering violas which are today looking the best they have done and are in full flower and my dahlias, 4 of which have appeared and are growing well and 2 of which have clearly decided to delay their appearance.

  • sunnysarahsunnysarah Posts: 62

    I have learned that I`m not very patient, want everything to be up and flowering now!

    I really need to be more organised, something my hubby is always pointing out to me.

    That I will never win the war on slugs in my garden, so next year (see being organised) I shall be planting plants they wont eat!

    I must`nt dwell on my faliures (which are many) in the garden.

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  • Pottie PamPottie Pam Posts: 887

    I've learned not to be tempted by the '3 for £10' multi purpose compost and to buy a good quality seed compost next year.

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    I've learned that talking to plants and even threatening them doesn't make them flower. image Peeps that "know" me know which I mean.

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    I need to learn how to get lots of lovely flowers early, everyone else's garden seem to have lots of colour and mine doesn't, I'm not sure if that because they have bought GC/shop bedding plants or not.

    I'm wondering about autumn sowing in the GH for more bedding plants but not sure how that works....I will start another thread in the autumn image

  • 4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

    I have learned that just coz it didn't work last year doesn't mean I shouldn't try it again this year. Last year only 3 seeds planted germinated. This year loads have - probably coz I'm not doing it 'properly'! 

    I have also learned that everyone on here is rather fabulous, very supportive and kind image

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    I'll second that last sentence Panda, everyone is so lovely image

  • Busy Bee2Busy Bee2 Posts: 1,005

    Panda, you are so right there!  I think I have learned that February 1st is not necessarily the best time to plant seeds in my germinator, just because the packet says you can sow Feb - April!!  The tomatoes and cucumbers got far too big on the windowsills and it was just stressful!  I will hang on next year.  And I have also learned that sometimes, Mother Nature will put right your disasters for you, like when she provided me with a new, better bee colony, and even Peter Crouch, my lankiest tomato plant, now looks bushy and healthy. 

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    I taught myself how to do green/soft cuttings for the flooded gardens appeal; then went to youtube and watched some videos on it and blow me down, I was doing it right! My next challenge will be to take some hardwood cuttings, which will take much longer to develop. I also want to have a go at 'Tufa' - fake stone containers when I have the time.

    But mostly I have learnt how incredibly generous the forum members have been, sowing and growing plants for Somerset gardensimage and looking out for members who have been unwellimage

  • I have learned this year that I hate ground elderimage

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