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Posted: 18/02/2015 at 18:23

I've been planting them outside for years, and many of them do well.  They are never as big as when they were forced, and often it takes a year or two for them to recover from being forced, but we do have quite a good lot over the garden that originated from indoor ones.  i have found that the more exotic colours don't do as well outdoors as the basic pink, blue and whites - but if you have the space and the will, go for it. 

plug plants

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 18:21

Lyn, I did note they were perennialsl, but I still feel it is far too early (here) to be thinking about little plugs outdoors.  I've also see many for sale, which certainly have not been grown outside (if I thought that, I'd think slightly better of it).   I did see the offer of which she spoke, and I did think, and still do, that as Zoomer says, if it looks too good to be true, it surely is.   Would be happy to be proved wrong……. Lets hope however, that Bizzy is lucky.  Maybe you could let us know how you get on Bizzybee?

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 18:14

Not today, too cold, but yesterday cleared some perennials, picked up branches and twigs fallen from the trees, took dead leaves off day lilies and so on - that's about as far as it went, but it was good to be out there for an hour or two. 


Posted: 18/02/2015 at 18:12

Often the packets of seeds give the earliest possible dates for sowing, and they do often specify indoors.  For those of us who live north, very far north, of the Watford Gap, later is better than earlier!  You may have to start again as it is likely to be a while before they can go out - but keep pinching out the tips to make sturdy bushy plants and you may be lucky.  Much depends on where you are in the country, and the weather to come - plenty of space for winter yet. 

Earliest gardening memories?

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 18:08

My dad growing vegetables, cabbages, carrots and all the things that we grew in the early years after the war. Him bringing in an armful of something for dinner.   He had no truck with flowers in the garden, but did allow my mum to grow sweet peas around near the door, and he did love the wild flowers.  There were plenty then, cowslips nearby in huge swathes, kingcups in a wild pond, primroses, especially on the railway banks, daffodils, often where people threw them out and they colonised the roadsides, sweet violets - those flowers he liked, but not ones grown by us - waste of food space he thought. I do so wish now - he's very long gone  -  that I had paid more attention then, but when you are young and foolish you sometimes think your parents are old and foolish - just as I am now I guess!!

idle curiosity.....

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 18:03

Ah yes, now you say that I do recall that  - I knew it wasn't a case of putting them in like spuds - thank you Mark499 (Are you nearly an emergency worker? Sorry, you must get that  all the time!).  I might be tempted to try - we ate such alot of them when we lived in Zambia, the local market had them in for a short time each year - yum!  The ones we get here are OK, but like everything else, much nicer fresh.

Polish Spirit pruning

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 18:00

Get out the secateurs and show it who's boss!!   Seriously, assuming it's not freezing, then prune away - top dress and feed - stand back and admire in due course. 

Possible pest...

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 17:58

You are most certainly not an idiot - if you were, you would not have asked!  We all started out knowing little or nothing, and learned from friends, misadventures and here - that is what we wrinkled old fogeys are for - and we learn lots from the fresh faced young ones as well !  No such thing as a silly question, only the one not asked that causes your lovely things to die - that IS silly!!

Mystery purple plant identification

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 17:55

If you make elderberry cordial with the berries, it will be the prettiest pink colour.  Looks great with lemonade or fizzy water if you want a nice drink for an occasion, that is not alcoholic.

If you keep the cordial long enough, it will become slightly alcoholic, and is still nice diluted as before.  I think the black elderberries do not flower, and thus fruit, quite as generously as the plain ones - but they are lovely with that dark serrated foliage. 

idle curiosity.....

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 17:51

I have a feeling you can't grow sweet potatoes like ordinary potatoes, so I have my doubts about that one.

 Ginger does grow well in a pot, you'll need to give it lots of warmth and light (it comes from the tropics after all), but they can make handsome indoor plants.  They won't flower here I think, but it's worth trying just for the fun of it - go for it. 

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