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Winter

Posted: 20/12/2015 at 11:20

Lots of people wearing just shirts, blouses or T-shirts while Christmas shopping yesterday!  All of my garlic is 6" high - hope the lack of cold doesn't stop them splitting into cloves.  Still, the Exacta forecasters may still be right if we extend January and February to 45 days each!  (Hope that hasn't doomed March to be a wintery hell though!)

Veronica F1 Tomato Seeds

Posted: 20/12/2015 at 10:58

It is a commercial variety from a US company called Sakata, so is probably only availablle to commercial growers.  However, in my experience some wholesale suppliers will sell to the home grower but it may take a lot of work in locating one as all of their dealers are in the Americas.  Here's a link to their supplier page to get you started:

http://www.sakatavegetables.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/affiliates.fullList/index.htm

Good luck in your quest Barry.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Posted: 19/12/2015 at 22:09

Merry Christmas and thanks for this wonderful forum, GW team!

Cyclamen

Posted: 19/12/2015 at 20:14

Those are c. persicum Rosie and are not hardy so don't often survive if left outside.  The GCs sell them as annual bedding plants.  One option is to leave them in pots and plant the whole pot then take them inside over the winter.  The hardy cyclamen are not so showy as far as flowers go (smaller and generally only pink/purple or white) but will multiply if left to their own devices.

"Show us ya baubles!"

Posted: 19/12/2015 at 18:26

I'd have just sprinkled the presents with glitter which would have stuck to the honeydew - no-one would have been the wiser and maybe would have been complemented on the novel wrapping method!

The missing tree would have been a bit more difficult to cover up though!

Lilies

Posted: 19/12/2015 at 18:22

Now is as good a time as any Maggie.  Lillies never really stop growing but they will be at their least active at the moment and there is least risk of damaging emerging shoots if you do it now rather than in Spring.

Huge pest problem

Posted: 19/12/2015 at 18:18

For anyone wondering, this is in the grounds of a marketing company near me called 'bigdog ltd'.  Been meaning to take a photo for ages and passed it on the way to deliver my Mum's Christmas pressies earlier today.   Certainly catches the eye!

massive haul

Posted: 19/12/2015 at 18:12

Nice one Bubba!  All this mild weather will help too - some of them may be late in flowering but flower they will!

Huge pest problem

Posted: 19/12/2015 at 17:07

Hi all, just spotted this:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/97929.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

Puts all the pesky cat issues into perspective! 

Cyclamen

Posted: 18/12/2015 at 22:11

I've done it with both bought and saved seed for both outdoor (hederifolium & coum) and indoor (persicum.)  2nd or 3rd year before flowering for any type I've found.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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