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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. 

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!

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

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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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Flippin' pigeons

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