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Forum names

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 16:13

We did do a thread like this long ago on the old forum, quite a few of the people from there came over here - maybe many of them changed their names?  Couldn't begin to recall who started it there, there were some fun asnwers though.

Forum names

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 12:52

I've used booker on other places, as my surname means books, so I may as well be booker here as well - thus booker too.  The picture is my hand with some seeds a friend gave me, from Tasmannia - grown leaves but no flowers - yet.  Quite happy with this so can't for now think of an alternative I might have used. 

granny bonnet

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 12:46

Yes, I've had trouble germinating single colours from seeds, which is why I bought pugs.  I wasn't at all sure they would survive the winter but they did.  Will save seed but suspet they won't come true, assuming they germinate at all.

granny bonnet

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 11:48

Bought some plugs last year, can't remember where from, lovely clear shade of yellow.  Have kept them a bit apart and hope they will return true next time.  Fingers crossed they will be good like a few of the others. 


Posted: 24/06/2013 at 11:47

Wish we could have a bonfire, the bylaws are very firm about that - wonder if I could get away with one of those dustbin tye incinerators - probably not.  Indeed, so much stuff coming out that you would not want to put back on the garden, composted or not - that's I why won't buy council compost, I'm not convinced they get it hot enough either. 

granny bonnet

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 22:11

Glad to hear that, don't know where my pink and black ones came from, but they are so pretty. 


Posted: 23/06/2013 at 22:10

......  yes, but would you want it back when they had finsihed with it Salino? 

Never owned a shredder, have been tempted on many occasions, but the noise puts me off as much as anything else. 

Thinning seedlings

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 22:08

They could be cornflower, some types do look tlike this, at least the ones my friend grew on her allotment a couple of years ago were like this in their trays.  Thin out to a couple per module, and plant aout. then let them sort themselves out - they will.  Do take out the weakest and thinnest looking, as the bigger ones will take over and grow strongly anyway. 

granny bonnet

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 22:05

Indeed, as Niucutlet says, plant them out in autumn, when the soil is still warm, they will overwinter fine and return to delight you next year.  Aquillegias are very promiscuous, and freely cross with each other, so that often you get a garden full of greyish pink ones, but I have found that some of the modern hybrids do keep their colour and don't crosspollinate with their neighbours - you will have to wait and see what yours do.  I have also found a couple of double ones in my garden this year, very strange as I don't usually grow double flowers because the bees can't get any use of them.. However, those that have arrived themselves are very lovely so I shall let them be.  


Posted: 22/06/2013 at 21:35

Rosie, it may be that your lilies are of two different types as well. I have lilies in flower from early July until the end of September, sometimes into October, depending on the weather.  So it may be that yur cheaper ones are just a naturally flowering later one  -  I agree, many bulbs bought in the cheaper shops are every bit as good as the expensive kinds - unless you want a specific new colour or type. 

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