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03/04/2013 at 11:51

G/G, I hope you did not flood them when you got them home, damping the soil or fibre with tepid water and letting the bulb slowly recover is the way to go says he who rescues Daughters bulbs on a weekly basis.
I saw people in the S/Market yesterday buying well over the top plants though some one had watered them, I was thinking I hope you are buying them for next year and not to throw out when the flower drops in a couple of days.
We have very good garden centres around us and a couple of first class nurseries just up the lane why buy in supermarkets I ask?


03/04/2013 at 11:55

I did not flood them, Frank. (Glow of virtue)

The previous day, I saw them in the GC for £4.50. That's why I bought them for a pound instead!

03/04/2013 at 14:19

Frank/Dad- do you shout at the telly too? 

I bought some little primulas at B&Q the other day which were half price and in excellent condition- it's a case of getting them all sold because they need the room for other stuff I suppose. They were in excellent condition and I can find a spot for them at front of house. Trying to be restrained just now but it's very hard!!  The big GC nearest me is more of a gift shop. Can see their point as it's an affluent area, but the plants-although well kept -are playing 2nd fiddle to the gifts, cakes, furniture, books and coffee shop. It means there's less choice so all the gardens have the same stuff in them! I prefer the nursery half an hour away but I could spend thousands in there quite easily!

03/04/2013 at 14:26

Fairygirl, it's a fabulous hobby finding new places to buy plants. I've found a few lovely places in my area, including Touchwood aquilegias, which is just a semi-rural semi but where lots of gorgeous new aquilegias have been bred. I did try to start a thread about this so people could share their local knowledge, but there was little response. Perhaps they suspected it was a means of advertising.

03/04/2013 at 14:37

GG I think sadly a lot of small places just can't compete with the big boys -same situation as the supermarkets I'm afraid. We used to have a lovely little independant GC 5 mins away which had lots of plants you didn't get in the bigger GC- they mainly grew them on the premises- but it closed a few years ago and there are houses on the plot now. Shame. Now that we have the internet many people source specialist nurseries and growers for plants and maybe that's the future. I bought grasses nearly 20 years ago from a specialist nursery down south and they were terrific- sadly the owners have now retired  For those kinds of growers the internet is probably a huge part of their income.

03/04/2013 at 15:09

Fairygirl?Daughter, of course I do not shout at the TV that would be daft, there is no thought behind some of those vapid programmes so what is the point. Spell check someone has worked on it thinking we are all idiots, I like to prove them wrong then give myself a cheer, odd? what is odd about that?
When you have sat in a conference for a plant shut down listening to the Graduate Engineers come up with weird and wonderful solutions experience tells you will not work, you do enjoy coming up with the easy solution and watching their faces.


03/04/2013 at 15:24

The plant that put a smile on my face all winter was the Primula Vulgaris or Primrose as we know it, an outdoor border plant that started as one plant given to me years ago and divided every year set along a border I can see from the bedroom when I open the curtains. Even in the coldest weather they were smiling their acid yellow smiles at me and it lifts your spirits no end. As soon as the flowers die down I will sort clean divide and replant them, wonderful and all from a single gift.
My Nursery is a couple of miles up the back lane and from two greenhouses there are now fields of them. They grow all the usual sell quick plants although they do have specialised plants as well.
Along the same lane some of the farms have also started to sell plants, usually the Farmers sons or daughters trying to make a living, several of them are doing well and like Nine Acres they are making progress as Fairygirl says an affluent area.
Saying that I did read it as Effluent thinking I will not visit her then.


03/04/2013 at 22:21
Palaisglide wrote (see)

Fairygirl says an affluent area.
Saying that I did read it as Effluent thinking I will not visit her then.




03/04/2013 at 22:35

Are you two, Frank and Fairygirl, really father and daughter?

04/04/2013 at 06:48

Forgive my answering a question you posed to someone else, Lizzie, but I think they have just found something in each other, a common bond. Frank and FG, forgive me, too - I just saw the question first.



04/04/2013 at 08:27
Gardening Grandma wrote (see)

Forgive my answering a question you posed to someone else, Lizzie, but I think they have just found something in each other, a common bond. Frank and FG, forgive me, too - I just saw the question first.



That's ok GG!! I forgive you 

I might adopt you as my surrogate Mum if you're not careful!

Oops- forgot you're only 27......

04/04/2013 at 08:31

The first 27 year old grandma, FG! I was a child bride.

04/04/2013 at 10:00

G/G, that is OK I was the child dad, my Daughter said she remembered the coronation, George V "hm" "err" I think? Saying that I have had a full and free life up to meeting Joan so may well have sown seed in Scotland then of course eaten it as Porridge, I am having some now with prunes.
Rant, it said on the tin "pitted prunes, may contain stones"??? how mad is this world getting.


04/04/2013 at 16:15

I sent for lots and lots of seed from various companies, just as I usually do. I've never had a problem before but I did spend £2.45 on some stocks seed (Noble White). I opened the packet very carefully....ONE SEED.

It has germinated but that's besides the point....I sent an email to the company (Plants of Distinction) weeks ago but have had no reply at all. I've loved their products in the past and have used them for a few years now... but this lack of response has been a bit of a shock. I just won't order from them again.

04/04/2013 at 18:53

That's worth a rant, CPB! One seed!! I'd try a letter - they are harder to ignore - and address it to the Managing Director. Say you will sent a copy of the letter to Trading Standards if you continue to be ignored. Difficult old bag, aren't I?


04/04/2013 at 19:17

Someone has to be 

04/04/2013 at 19:23

I shouldn't laugh Dove.  Teach will give me a ticking off.

04/04/2013 at 19:29

If you are referring to me, TT, I often had a job not to laugh at the antics of kids - sorry, those dear children - in class.  In fact, sometimes I did laugh and the whole lesson escalated into hilarity. I'd then have to breathe a bit of fire to restore order. See - difficult old bag and fire-breathing dragon.

04/04/2013 at 20:20

Sorry Miss. 

04/04/2013 at 21:35

I should think so!