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Posted: 21/01/2014 at 11:35

We went to GWL for several years running, and loved it. We arrived at 9 a.m. just as it was opening and stayed till it closed.  We took a packed lunch and had a wonderful time.  You can buy as you go around, putting things in the 'creche' , and collecting larger things afterwards.

I stopped going when it got combined with the Good Food Show, it was then too big and too many people for me,  but that is a personal response only. 

It is very easy to buy more than you can use, but once in a while that is fun!  Take plenty of water or whatever you like to drink as it gets very hot, even on wet days. It takes us about 2 hours to get there, but always wanted to come home as sleeping in my own bed outweighed anything else, and we didn't have to try and keep plants and things happy in the car overnight, then load and unload them when tired the next day.  I was usually washed up for a day or two afterwards, but it was worth it.  

Now I am a good few years older I tend to give it a miss, I may try Malvern again this year. that's a great show too. 

Vanilla is an Orchid!!

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 11:29

No, cotton is a tropical shrub, the 'boll' of cotton that gets woven into cloth is the seed head, somewhat the same as clematis and dandelions.  If left alone, it will break up and spread the seeds all over the place.  Picking out the seeds is one of the most difficult jobs in cotton production.

Actually, cotton is a dreadful crop, it takes huge amounts of water and, in America, uses 75% of the pesticides used in that country.  When grown elsewhere the treatment of the workers is appalling.  It ruins the soil in which its is grown repeatedly - not really a good crop at all.  I ask that maybe when you buy cotton clothing, you consider trying to buy fairly traded cotton?  The T-shirts and so on are well made, and don't ruin either the soils they are grown in nor the people who grow it.

I know this is not a gardening remark, and possibly the powers that be will remove it but I had to try.

Anyway, cotton still isn't an orchid, but a shrub!


Posted: 21/01/2014 at 11:23

Not seen this one, have bought clematis on line and they have been good -will investigate this site too.

Poached this morning!

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 17:05

That sounds gorgeous WWboy, I make micrwave porrige regularly but not with the fruit - have that separately - yum.

Taking the plunge

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 10:50

Once you have got the repeat bulbs in - daffs., crocus and so on, the other plants you love will continue to grow over them until the cold takes its natural toll.  It is surprising how close you can dig a little deep hole to drop a bulb in, without the overground plant making any problem of it - in future years of course you won't have the problem as the bulbs will already be there.  Daffs especially need to get in now or they will not flower next Spring, tulips can wait a good while yet, and the small ones -scillas, chionodoxias etc. wont mind much either way. 

Anyone Keep A Garden Page on the Internet?

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 16:37

I kept a gardening and picture site on line for several years - - but have now ceased doing it.  At the time it was a good way of sharing my garden with friends and relatives, but the needs for that hae changed and so I have not kept it up for the last couple of years.  When the domain name or server contract comes up I shall let it lapse.  It gave great pleasure for a few years, but has now outlived its purpose.

It was fun to do, I still have all the pictures and so on - go for it, just don't expect it to be needful for ever.  Enjoy, we had alot of fun with it, and many people semed to enjoy it. 

Something which looks nice in November

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 11:34

?Pyracantha - sounds odd maybe, but at this time of year they are covered to the hilt with deep red, orange or yellow berries depending upon type.  The birds love them, so they give life to future generations of them - maybe a fit memorial for your so sad loss?   In the spring they are thick with white blossom, giving beauty and hope to a new year. 

Planting sage and thyme together?

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 22:19

The only problem I can foresee is that the sage will get very much bigger and taller than the thyme and so outshade it - if you see what I mean.  Maybe grow them next to each other in different pots?

 Interesting that the sages keep dying off - usualy one of the hardier herbs - have you looked at the roots to see if anythin is munching on them - though why they should ignore other plants is a bit puzzling.  Has it got overwatered maybe?  If there is one thing sages dislike it is having wet feet - better on the dry side than the damp.  Are they being overshadowed by bigger plants that are keeping the light from them?  They do like a good deal of light and sun (don't we all!).  Try gwoing the next one in a pot and see how it does, there are plants that don't like to be sharng spaces,maybe something and your sages don't get on?  If it does well in a pot you can sink it into the ground still in the pot and it may well thrive that way.  Do tell how you get on. 


Posted: 17/09/2013 at 18:19

Daffs s early as possible, but NOT tulips, they get tulip fire if planted too soon.  I rarely plant tulips before end November, often later, and they always do fine.  Bulbs such as scilla biflora, chionodoxa etc. can go in any time really, from now onwards. Regarding daffs, the longer they have to develop a good root system the better, especially as they are likely to stay where they are for many years, so a good start helps them. 

Reflecting Pool Help

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 12:55

It doesn't have to be rectangular, round ones work very well.  You don't need much depth of water.  You do need a dark background for the water, smooth black is best.  No treees which can drop leaves into the water, as nothing makes a reflecting pond look more like a forgotten item, than rotting leaves causing water to be murky.  Many people use a little bleach in the water to keep it clear, but as it is likely to be used as a drinking place by all sorts of creatures I`d not go this route.  There is More to keeping a really good reflecting pond beautiful than you might imagine, but they are stunning when well done and positioned.  If you want to grow plants that reflect rather than just sky, then you run into the game of keeping the leaves and flowers out of the pool too.  You also don't want it to  be a breeding ground for mosquitoes and so forth - hmm, maybe a wildlife pool is easier!! 

Do give it a go, there may well be books in your local library with good advice in them  -  quite a good place to start maybe? 



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