Bee witched

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Thompson & Morgan - issues!

Posted: 20/10/2017 at 20:30

After vowing "never again" .... I recently relented and sent for the 48 plugs of lavender offer - 24 each of mustead and hidcote.

Total cost of £5.95 including postage .... estimated delivery before end Oct.

These arrived last week and are great  ... all potted up and the greenhouse smells gorgeous.

I just thought I should report a happy ending for a change.


Organic bulbs vs bulbs coated in neonicotinoids

Posted: 04/10/2017 at 13:17

It's not just bulbs either ..... some seeds are also dressed in neonics ... and it's difficult to find out from suppliers which ones are.

All any of us can do is keep pressure on our politicians to support the approach that until these substances can be proven to be safe, then they should not be used. At the moment they are continuing in use until trials can show they are unsafe ..... crazy!


Breaking the cycle..

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 08:35

Another shrub suggestion would be hydrangeas.

I've got Hydrangea aspera 'The Ditch' in a really damp spot .... it's looking really lovely at the moment. I have some Camassia Esculenta bulbs planted with it which are also happy.

Bee x

Breaking the cycle..

Posted: 30/09/2017 at 18:30

Hi Des,

I garden in a Scottish valley, also on heavy clay .... so I am familiar with the "squelchy" lawn issue.

One thing I've found really helpful was to create a bit of an island in one of the wettest lawns and plant a small copse of trees / shrubs that like wet conditions. The idea is that they will take some of the moisture out of the area and help dry up the surrounding lawn.

So far so good .... and the trees are not that big just yet so I'm hoping for further improvements.

Not sure if you've got the room to consider this.

Bee x


Buying on-line - tips?

Posted: 25/09/2017 at 19:58

Hi Dave,

Personally I wouldn't buy any shrub on line. I'm more than happy to buy bulbs and perennials ... but with shrubs I like to chose one that's got a nice shape. I'd be concerned that they might send something very lopsided or spindly etc.  ... and then you'd have the hassle of returning it.


advice on winter cloche materials?

Posted: 25/09/2017 at 15:51

Hi mjd2000,

I've used old 'fridge drawers with a brick on top for individual plants. I've also covered cloches with old net curtain stapled to the frame. Seems to create a little microclimate to help bring things on  .... but also a cosy home for slugs!! Easy enough to unstaple and wash if needed.


Thapsia villosa

Posted: 25/09/2017 at 13:50

Hi LB,

Well Alnwick have been in touch  ... they don't grow thapsia villosa. Shame, I fancied a jaunt out there!

I'm tempted to send for the seeds from the ebay seller in Portugal. .... nothing ventured 

Bee x

Thapsia villosa

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 17:31

Good idea LB .... Alnwick isn't too far away from me.  It would be a good excuse for another visit!

Bee x

Thapsia villosa

Posted: 23/09/2017 at 15:17

Hi Ladybird,

Thanks for getting in touch.

I agree that it's not one to mess with .... but it does look fab.

I'm a bit surprised that GW are suggesting we grow it if it's so difficult to source.


Thapsia villosa

Posted: 23/09/2017 at 13:53

Hi All,

The Sept. GW mag. has a picture of this plant (page 73). It looks great and I would love to try and grow from seed.

The usual google etc searches have drawn a blank (apart from one supplier in Portugal). Do any of you grow this, or know of a UK seed supplier?

Many thanks,


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