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Buying plants on line

Posted: 27/11/2012 at 16:09

We were very lucky when we began here, a Nursery in our old town was very very cheap (like 10 shrubs for £8.90). Last time we went back there the cheapest shrub was £12.99 for one.

We still look in the bargain corner where ever we go. Amazing what you can pick up, only need ing a little care and attention.

I must admit that I like to see what I am buying which is a bit hard on-line.


Posted: 27/11/2012 at 16:04

PS. The only reason our lane is not ankle deep in discarded drinks cans, plastic shopping bags of Supermarket picnics, things which fall out of the Bin lorry and such like, is because every now and then I don a pair of thick rubber gloves, take a plastic bag and clean the place up. We pay a huge amount in tax and get very little for it round here. No pavements, no street lights, no street cleaning. Even the gratings are only free of mud because we scrape it away.

Still a lot lot better than living in a town though.






Posted: 27/11/2012 at 15:58

Oh and as to telling the Council, we are still waiting for them to remove the tyres from the passing place at the other end of the lane. Only been there 12 months now.


Posted: 27/11/2012 at 15:57

If the large pieces (orange ones as opposed to the definitely pale conifer ones) are, as we think, Cherry, then we will go and collec them up and when they are dry, they will make a nice addition to our log pile. If they are conifer, then we might still take them and wait for them to really dry out (2 or more years) and burn them. One is not supposed to burn Conifer wood as the resin released will eventually damage the chimney.

Still who can afford to leave £50 or so of wood for the Council to clear?

greenhouse woes.

Posted: 27/11/2012 at 12:43

Also try sprinkling Sulphur dust on them. This kills off the Botrytis spores which is what your mould is. I use this a lot on my Primula allionii plants which are very prone to infection.

best way to get rid of rats

Posted: 27/11/2012 at 12:40

Just out of interest, rats have managed to get into our Apple store. They have done a lot of damage to the fruit as you would expect. However, it is the manner of their ingress which is interesting. They have chewed their way through the floor.......................4 inches of concrete!


Posted: 27/11/2012 at 12:37

Some !"!"!!"££ has dumped a load of hedge prunings down the lane. Now much of it is obviously conifer, but a lot of the thicker stuff is not so easy to id. It has mahogany coloured bark (very similar to our cherry trees) and the cut ends are bright orange. If you use Firefox it is exactly the same colour as the Firefox box at the top left of the screen. There is no discernible smell of pine and no sticky sap. No picture as I am not up to walking the mile down the road in the drizzle.
Anyone any ideas?

Buying plants on line

Posted: 26/11/2012 at 21:24

Have to say that when we went round a large Garden Centre last week, looking at the prices of their ordinary stuff, never mind anything unusual, we were horrified. They have priced themselves out of our pockets now. Sadly our favourite Nursery (mainly trees and shrubs)  has also put its prices way beyond our pockets too. Like others we go to Plant Fairs and do a little buying online, mostly for rare bulbs which can only be bought that way.

Help identifying a plant please

Posted: 23/11/2012 at 08:44

Does look like the thornelss Blackberry which we have.

lost its leading shoot

Posted: 22/11/2012 at 19:54

By the way it is almost certainly Fraxinus excelsior Jaspidea. It is grafted and the seeds grow as ordinary Ash and it is going to get the Ash fungus if it comes to your area.

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