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Latest posts by Bookertoo

Indoor Plant

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:26

There is a good reason why people joke about aspidistras living forever in a dark corner, they will survive no end of neglect and cold.  Mind, they do a great deal better with a bit of TLC instead!

Magnolia berries

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:24

Please do tell if you are successful, it would be pretty impressive and we'd love to know. 

Mystery Plant arrived in my garden

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:23

Birds are the usual suspects when plants like that arrive uninvited.  It can be a good thing though, my snowdrops have spread to all sorts of places I would not have put them thanks to birds eating the seeds.  We have a road information sign outside our driveway, and there is now a lovely big patch of snowdrops under there where the birds sit and digest supper!!

Growing basil indoors

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:20

I just wish I could grow basil at all!  My friends have given me so many plants over the years, besides the seeds I have tried to grow for myself, but basil takes one look at me and dies!  

Pot size advice please

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:19

That looks very good, so presuming your trees are on dwarfing root stock they should do well.  Are you going to train them into a fan or some such?   As they are still very young you may want to think abut some winter protection for this year - maybe wrap the pots in paper and hessian or something like that.  You don't want the baby roots to freeze in their first winter.  A good mulch on top of the compost will help too, besides keeping the roots warm and stopping some of the weeds germinating - or at least making them easier to pull out if they do get in there. 

Spring has come early

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 13:16

This happens every year, but they will stop when it gets colder and darker and flower at the right time - not the paperwhites though, they are bred specifically for forcing and that's what they will do, flower once and die - you don't get anything coming back if you plant them out, unlike forced hyacinths which will flower again in a year or two. 

why do bananas spell?

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 13:12

One of the reasons I only like pretty green bananas - and please don't peel one in the car …...

Blowing a gale where you are yet?

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 13:10

Building up to another blow out there I think - elsewhere?

Blowing a gale where you are yet?

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 16:11

Reversing into my difficult shaped drive in a sharp hail storm! No more bumps on the car - no space for them really, what with those which are already there.  Very cold now, very gusty & windy but plenty of sunshine just for now - dark clouds building again - really autumnal - any sign of Indian Summer well over.  Glad I've got all the bulbs in, bar the tulips and most of those will go into pots in a month or so.  Few pelargoniums to pot up, most tender things under cover now. 

Take care all of you who must be outside in this.  

Blowing a gale where you are yet?

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 11:35

All crab apples down, silver birch and rowan stripped, but not sycamore.  Very gusty, bits of blue sky - think I'll get out while I can. 

Discussions started by Bookertoo

watch out, watch out ……..

…… lily beetle about 
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Odd corrections?

Use of the English language! 
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Last Post: 20/02/2015 at 16:37

Happy seasons greetings to all

Be joyful 
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Last Post: 25/12/2014 at 17:25

squirrels and their cleverness

the unending bane of my life 
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Last Post: 11/11/2014 at 20:49

Solomon's seal

Where and how? 
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Last Post: 29/06/2013 at 13:46

For whom do we garden .............

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Last Post: 22/04/2013 at 15:08

frosted lilies

any advice? 
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Last Post: 07/04/2013 at 17:13

out of season plants

why are these wanted? 
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Last Post: 04/03/2013 at 22:43

bird feeders

caged fat ball feeder 
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Last Post: 01/11/2012 at 08:55

Hazel nut queries

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Flippin' pigeons

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