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Latest posts by Bookertoo

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. 

Pot size advice please

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 12:51

Are they on a dwarfing rootstock?  That makes a big difference as to what sized pot you use.  On the whole agree with tree hugger, the biggest you possibly can.  However, if they are the small upright single stemmed ones they will not need as big a pot and in fact may then be over potted. Might be better to use a slightly smaller one for now, let them fill the pot with roots over the next year or so and then pot on to a large one.  Do see if you can find out which rootstock they are on.   

tools missing in action (MIA)

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 12:48

Found a cheese slicer in our compost bin a few years ago - had been there two years, handle (wood) well pitted but still works better than any other!

tools missing in action (MIA)

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 12:24

Ah David, do let on, dying of curiosity here, and what I am imagining isn't humanly possible - surely?

I lose trowels all spring and summer, gather them up when autumn and winter comes, especially when planting bulbs.  Cutting back shrubs sometimes reveals things - like the large roll of soft tie I misplaced months ago.

Weed ?

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 12:23

I do so agree, I loved telling people that that particular plant was called Superbum! On a less silly note, yes the one shown is a weed, get rid asap.  

Fuchsia Rust

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 12:21

Well, all the years I have grown hardy and basket fuchsias I never knew they got rust!  I guess I am very lucky, but will be far more observant about their welfare now. Is it worse in hardy or  basket ones?  I am about to pot up my basket ones for a winter in the cool greenhouse, and although I have never stripped them from leaves, I can see the reasoning - may try that with some of them.

Glass V Polycarbonate Greenhouse

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 12:16

Although I dearly love my wood and glass greenhouse, the glass in clearer and lets in more light than a polycarbonate one, and the wood is warmer than metal, I would not have one on an allotment.  Sadly there are too many twerps who would break the glass just for 'fun', and that leaves the possibility of injury to an innocent passer-by.   The point about larger animals is a good one, though would not apply to all.  Keep the glass greenhouse for the garden, if it is reasonably secure from trespass, and the polycarbonate for areas that may be public - sad, but true. 

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 23:19

Have any of the grumblers about early Christmas stockists ever thought about it from some other peoples points of view?  If you want to send cards or gifts long distance overseas by surface mail you've almost missed the boat - it needs to go out NOW!! Also, for many people there are only 2 more pay days between now and the holiday - buying a little each week may help those on a tight budget.  Some firms will pay people their January wages before Christmas - just think what that does to new year and January? Not everyone can afford time or money to wait till December.   Yes, there are times it drives some people mad, but for some the possibility of getting things sent at all is the difference between being able to send to say Australia by surface mail, and not being able to afford air mail - maybe think a little before sounding off?

Discussions started by Bookertoo

watch out, watch out ……..

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Odd corrections?

Use of the English language! 
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Happy seasons greetings to all

Be joyful 
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squirrels and their cleverness

the unending bane of my life 
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Solomon's seal

Where and how? 
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frosted lilies

any advice? 
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out of season plants

why are these wanted? 
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bird feeders

caged fat ball feeder 
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Hazel nut queries

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